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Funk Mountain Trail, Washington

   
My husband and I, along with my sister and her boyfriend all hiked Funk Mountain Trail in June this year (2009).  The trail mentioned here is mostly a cattle grazing area now, but you can hike up the old road to the Lookout, about 1.5 miles.  Once there, the view is truly great.  Be careful at the Lookout.  I don't know how safe it is so use plenty of caution.  The hike was fun; we met some friendly ATV'ers on the way up.  There was an abundance of butterflies, and hot, yellow sunshine streaming down. This is an excellent hike for beginners, or those with bad knees or new shoes. The vistas are very pleasant, and there are no crowds. 

The nearby town of Conconully is another high point for this trip. It's very small and has a contented, peaceful ambience. Conconully Lake doesn't have a great swim beach, but it's enjoyable for a canoe or kayak paddle on a warm day. Says Carol Rh

The total elevation difference for this hiking trail is 861 feet which is lower than average. There are two trailheads to chose from, one in each end, so backcountry backpacking it one way is an option if you can arrange for a ride back. Of course, this is an overnight hike, 1.5 days normally, so make sure you've got all your overnight gear packed. There's not much difference in elevation along Funk Mountain Trail, so you get pretty much the same conditions along the whole wilderness trail. Now this hiking and backpacking trail is pretty long, so do pack enough food to last the whole trip. With its 10.8 miles of walking distance; it's longer than many wilderness trails. At parts of the year this region sees very little rain, so make sure you check current conditions and fire restrictions with local forest authorities before you head out.


Trailhead 1 to Trailhead 2:
Total hiking length = 5.4 miles
Total climbing distance = 2.5 miles
Difficulty : Medium
Casual Hiking Pace: 5 hours
Fast Hiking Pace: 2.5 hours

Trailhead 2 to Trailhead 1:
Total hiking length = 5.4 miles
Total climbing distance = 2.5 miles
Difficulty : Medium
Casual Hiking Pace: 5 hours
Fast Hiking Pace: 2.5 hours
    Trailhead 1 back to Trailhead 1:
Total hiking length = 10.8 miles
Total climbing distance = 5 miles
Difficulty : Difficult
Casual Hiking Pace: 1.5 days
Fast Hiking Pace: 6.5 hours

Trailhead 2 back to Trailhead 2:
Total hiking length = 10.8 miles
Total climbing distance = 5 miles
Difficulty : Difficult
Casual Hiking Pace: 1.5 days
Fast Hiking Pace: 6.5 hours

Total elevation difference: 861 feet
   
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