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Flume Creek Mountain Goat Viewing Area
The forests and high meadows around Flume creek are home to wildlife found nowhere else in Washington. One of the most reliable places to observe mountain goats; other species present include bighorn sheep, moose, woodland caribou, and white-tailed and mule deer. This site won the national U.S....
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Colville National Forest—Elk Creek Trail
Description: The Elk Creek trail is a 2.1 mile loop trail that is excellent for birding. The trail passes through mixed hardwood / conifer forest and open shrub / grass field habitats. The trail provides superior views of Mill Pond and the surrounding mountains. At one point you will cross a foot bridge over a beautiful waterfall cascading down the mountainside.

Wildlife to Watch: The Elk Creek Trail has not yet been developed into a formal interpretive trail. However, the birder can see or hear warblers, vireos, sparrows, thrushes, towhees, hummingbirds, jays, flycatchers, woodpeckers, and waterfowl. Telltale signs of woodpeckers, sapsuckers, bears, cougars, and elk are all present along the trail. In the spring, the hiker will find many wildflowers along the path including indian paintbrush, trilium, and clematis.

Special Tips: Ticks are present in the summer. Bears and cougars may occassionally be present. Dogs on a leash permitted at this site.

Ownership: USDA Forest Service 
Size: NA 
Closest Town: Metaline Falls, WA

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Elk Creek Warbler - Photo by USDA Forest Service
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Driving Directions:
From Metaline Falls, take State Highway 31 north for two miles. Turn right onto County Road 9345 (Sullivan Lake Road), and proceed for four miles. Turn right into "Mill Pond Historic Site".

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Colville National Forest—Elk Creek Trail : Wildlife Viewing Area