Tonasket Ranger District's 415,000 acre landscape covers five distinct blocks, or areas, across the eastern half of Okanogan County in North Central Washington; bordered on the north by Canada and the southwest by The Colville Indian Reservation. The largest contiguous block is west of the Okanogan River. It includes the northeast corner of the Pasayten Wilderness and shares a boundary with the Methow Valley Ranger District. The Buckhorn, Mount Hull, Bonaparte and Aeneas blocks make up the east side of the District.
Grass and shrubs dot the lower elevations, climbing to beautiful ponderosa pine forests at mid-elevations, then Douglas-fir/western larch, and the subalpine and alpine forest at elevations above 6,000 feet.
More than 180 miles of trail are maintained for hikers, horseback riders and motorized recreationists. There are several developed campgrounds as well as a lot of opportunity for dispersed recreation.
With fairly long travel distances from major northwest population centers, the District is considered a bit of a well kept secret by those who make the journey. Whether it is June when the colorfull hillsides of Horseshoe Basin are a riot of color with wildflowers in bloom or in January when the glittering snow at Highlands snow park sparkles in the sunshine, the National Forest lands managed by Tonasket Ranger District offer a chance to stop, take a deep breath and feast on the Natures Glory.
Tonasket Trail / Campground / Road Reports
At a Glance
1 West Winesap
Tonasket, WA 98855