“A climb through old growth forest to the views at the top of the ridge line.”
— Larry Haws
No permits are required, but the Washington Discovery Pass is required to park at the trailhead parking area of North Fork Asotin Creek Trail.
Features: Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
If running the trail from the top down you will be on the ridge with a forested ravine below on your right. There is a small trail sign high up on a tree to your right. On the north side of the ravine is a bare hill. North Pinkham Trail switchbacks down this hill bringing you around into the trees and a good singletrack all the way down to join Asotin Creek Trail.
After traveling the seven miles up the North Fork Asotin Creek Trail, the North Pinkham trail starts up through old growth forest on singletrack. The intersection from North Asotin Creek Trail to this trail is difficult to find. At the seven mile marker on the North Fork Asotin Creek Trail, look for a large tree in an open area with an orange stripe painted on it to the left of the trail. Turn right and the trail will be evident, making its way through the trees after you cross the tall grassy area.
At times this trail may be overgrown in spots, or in spring it may have some dead-fall, but it is not difficult to follow. You'll feel like you have succeeded in getting away for civilization on this remote trail!
Flora & Fauna
Elk are often seen on the higher ridges. You may see deer and maybe even a black bear or two on the Pinkham Trail.