Okanogan Trails Scenic Byway

The Okanogan Trails Scenic Byway spans 80 miles from the U.S./Canada border south to Pateros WA. It traverses the Colville Confederated Tribal Reservation and abuts the Okanogan National Forest.

The byway follows the Okanogan River with stunning valleys and rugged hillsides until it flows into the Columbia River. Historical markers tell the story of a rich history of natives and emigrants along the route

The byway route accesses the Audubon Society’s Great Washington Birding Trail; Osoyoos Lake Memorial Park along with Alta Lake and Conconully State Parks as well as the Highland Historic Loop and the Many Lakes Historic Loop. Activities along the byway include farmers markets, bird watching, golfing, hiking, biking, climbing, horseback riding, camping, skiing, boating, local wineries & breweries, and rodeos such as the Omak Stampede & World Famous Suicide Race.

Key points of interest:

  • Old Molson Ghost Town – Old Molson Ghost Town & Museums contain remnants of the early days of Molson, an ore mining town of the 1800s. Visitors can explore a schoolhouse, ghost town, museum and an outdoor collection of original pioneer buildings and artifacts.
  • Sinlahekin Wildlife Area – Tucked in a lush river valley in the Okanogan region, the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area provides the opportunity to wander at will, through a rich ecosystem harboring hundreds of species of big game, waterfowl, and native plants. The Sinlahekin Valley parallels Highway 97, about 10 miles to its west, leading north up to the Canadian border. The 14,000 acre DNR Sinlahekin Wildlife Preserve is maintained to provide winter grounds to support deer and ground bird populations for the eastern Cascades and other nearby areas. Just 2.5 miles south of Loomis, the preserve straddles the Sinlahekin Creek and the Coulee Creek watersheds.