Okanogan National Forest

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The Pasayten and portions of the Lake Chelan/Sawtooth Wildernesses make up about 37 percent of the forest. Vegetation in the forest varies, from grass and shrubs in the lowest elevations near the Columbia River, to the beautiful ponderosa pine at mid-elevations, to the Douglas fir in the Cascade Mountains, and the subalpine and alpine zones at elevations above 6,000 feet. The highest peak is North Gardner Mountain at nearly 9,000 feet, with many other peaks above 7,000 feet. Moderate daytime temperatures and cool nights characterize the climate during the summer; during winter, subzero nighttime temperatures are not unusual, but days are frequently sunny.

The Okanogan National Forest has many small campgrounds and approximately 1,600 miles of mountain trails. The area is famous for its large herds of mule deer, old mining towns, including Winthrop, and acres of backcountry to traverse. The western boundary of the forest is adjacent to the North Cascades National Park and the Ross Lake National Recreation Area. To the south is the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and the Wenatchee National Forest. To the north in the Canadian province of British Columbia are Cathedral and Manning Provincial Parks, both immediately adjacent to the Pasayten Wilderness.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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