June 26, 2016

Chewelah, Washington, Colville National Forest Cottonwood Loop Trail

  June 26, 2016 36 miles
We left Chewelah, heading east on Flowery Trail, going east for 10 miles to the staging area. Which is the Sno Park loop off the right side of the road.
The day before I down Avenza.com/pdf-maps. This is a wonderful tool if you have a mobile device. Once you down load Avenza, you can go on to the Forest Service web site, and download the Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) for the area you would like to ride. This is a free map from the Forest Service and instructions are on their map riding page. There are other maps you can purchase. It put the Cottonwood trail right on the screen and I could tell exactly where we were, and at each intersection.
Then we went back to the Cottonwood Divide Road, (4342), which is at the staging area.  This is a rough Forest Service road. You will climb in elevation 1,000 feet during the ride. After 7.5 mi we came to a Y , at turned Left on to 3540. At odometer reading 17, you arrive at Middle Fork Callispel Rd, where there is dispersed camping. We turned Left, we wanted to ride the ATV trail at Middle Fork, but it was closed.

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This is where the Avenza map comes in handy. This is where it is more like a road. There are numerous roads which are dead ends or continous roads. We arrived at the Flowery Trail road, turning Left, 8 miles highway driving back to the staging area.  It is legal to drive on this road. We would rather ride on trails throughout the woods, but it seems like those in charge would rather have us ride on the roads in Washington state.

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LOCATION>   NEAREST CITY=Chewelah, Wa   DIRECTIONS=Main interesection of Chewelah, Flowery Trail-East 10 mi
AREA >   TYPE OF LAND= forest, mountain  , OWNER=  Nat Forest
QUALITY >  Pro Elevation / Con-  road riding /  Length of stay 1 / Rating-stars 1                                                          TERRAIN>  MILES OF TRAILS,  forest / dust / water crossing /elevation                                                                        NEAR BY TRAILS- none
FEE> Camping Boondocking and in town / Entry- no
KEY SERVICES> Camping / Gasoline / Diesel / First Aid /  Water /  Dump / Food=Chewelah, Wa
CONTACTS>Found into on line

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