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Quartzite Mountain

In the small town of Chewelah, Washington, a big adventure awaits...

The end of summer 2021 unfortunately brought a smoke-filled sky. But that didn't stop us from getting out to explore new areas!

From the top of Quartzite Mountain

Located in the Kaniksu National Forest, the Quartzite Mountain trailhead is roughly a 15 minute drive from town, on Flowery Trail Rd. The gravel road is a bit narrow and bumpy. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended (we took our motorhome - don't be us!).

Just over a mile and a half in, with a hair over 800 feet in elevation gain, the hike to the top is doable. We took several breaks, but our 5 & 3 year old were able to hike it all on their own, making us oh so proud! The colors and lushness of plant life were very pleasing to the eye, while en route to the views from on high. The sweeping sights of Chewelah Valley make this moderate hike well worth it...

A mailbox full of signatures from those that have successfully hiked Quartzite Mountain!

First things first.. snack break

The view from above was breathtaking, despite the smoky sky

All smiles from this crew! A great family hike, one we would certainly recommend if you are ever in the area.

Side note: you MUST make a stop at The Bread Box in Chewelah. Homemade breads and pastries that are mouth-watering! We tried the spicy Italian bread and a huckleberry dumpling dessert. OH. MY!

Have any questions? Just want to say "Hi!" Please shoot us an email at We love helping people plan their next adventure! We love making new friends, too :)

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