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Twin Sisters and Mack King Trails

Monday, March 16, 2020

Other Names

Colville National Forest, Three Rivers Ranger District, King Mountain, Mack Mountain, Deadman Creek, Jackknife Mountain, Davis Lake, Cow Camp

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Colville National Forest consists of two 4x4 trails that can be used to form a long loop. The Twin Sisters Trail is about 10 miles long and is the northern route. This trail is described as moderately difficult with some obstacles that can be bypassed. Most of the trail winds through the trees but has several open areas offering nice viewpoints. This trail is occasionally maintained by the Forest Service however chainsaws are recommended as there may be tree branches and dense vegetation blocking the route.

The Mack King Trail is the southern route and is rated as more difficult due to steep hillside crossings that require advanced driver skills. The eastern half of the trail is most difficult, compared to the western portion. To avoid the most difficult portions, it is suggested that beginners start the Mack King Trail from the western trailhead off Albian Hill Road and proceed to the view point and return.

Both trails offers scenic vistas with panoramic views. If traveling the Twin Sisters Trail from the east go 4.4 miles in (or 4.7 miles from the west) and look for a turn off that heads north. Roughly a mile in there will be a parking area below the peak. This is where the Twin Sisters Lookout used to be located (do not drive to the top due to the large number of nails still on the ground). Park and hike to the old lookout site which has excellent views.

If riding the Mack King Trail from the eastern trailhead go 4.8 miles (or from the west 3.2 miles) there is a turn off that leads in an easterly direction for approximately 400 feet to a parking area. Park here, and hike approximately 200 feet further east, uphill toward the rock outcrop. Approaching the outcrop from the northern side, climb to the top for outstanding views of the region.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesWA ORV Tab
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep on designated trails
Rule Enforcement
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TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityKettle Falls, WA
AddressDeadman Creek Road, Kettle Falls, WA 99141
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From: Kettle Falls, WA
1) Take Hwy 395 west across the Columbia River Bridge
2) Turn right to stay on Hwy 395, continue about 6 miles
3) Turn left (west) onto Deadman Creek Road, continue about 4 miles
4) Veer left to stay on Deadman Creek Road, continue 2.3 miles
5) Park and unload at Cow Camp.

For Northern Trailhead:
6) From Cow Camp continue on Deadman Creek Road 2.3 miles
7) Turn right (north-west) on FS Road, #800, continue 8.5 miles
8) Turn left (west) onto FS Road #822, continue about .25 miles toward quarry.

For Eastern Trailhead:
6) Continue west past Cow Camp 4.9 miles
7) Turn right (north) onto FS Road #520, continue 2.5 miles toward trailhead.

For Western Trailhead:
8) Continue west past FS Road #520 7.2 miles
9) Trailhead is on the right (east).

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoColville National Forest - Three Rivers Ranger District
255 W. 11th Avenue
Kettle Falls, WA 99141
(509) 738-7700
mailroom_r6_colville@fs.fed.us
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact InfoTri-county Motorized Recreation Association
1675 Marble Valley Basin Road
Addy, WA 99101
anneott@gmail.com
anneott@centurytel.net
tcmra.com
CommentLocal offroad club that maintains trails and hosts group rides.

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TERRAIN

Miles Of Trail18
Climate TypeForest
Elevation4300 to 6000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has some roads.Some
ShadeThis national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline GasolineKettle Falls, WA
Diesel DieselKettle Falls, WA
Potable Water WaterKettle Falls, WA
RV Hookups RV HookupKettle Falls, WA
RV Dump Station RV DisposalKettle Falls, WA
Primitive Camping CampgroundKettle Falls, WA
Convenience Store Conv StoreKettle Falls, WA
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