Tonasket Ranger District

Bonaparte Lake - Tonasket RD

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.


At a Glance

Closest Towns: Tonasket, WA
Passes: Some trailheads require a valid recreation pass. Check our Recreation Passes and Permits page for details.

General Information


1 West Winesap
Tonasket, WA 98855
509-486-2186 Voice
509-486-5144 TTY
509-486-1922 Fax

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Areas for Mountain Biking at Tonasket Ranger District

Day Hiking

Areas for Day Hiking at Tonasket Ranger District


Areas for Backpacking at Tonasket Ranger District

Interpretive Areas

Areas for Interpretive Areas at Tonasket Ranger District

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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