Two Mile (by Dick V)

Two-Mile Trail

Highlights: A gentle trail with an easy 5% grade, delightful views of Old Dominion Mountain and the Mill Creek

Canyon, and multiple connections to other trails.

Location: 12 road miles northeast of Colville, Washington

Type of trail: Dayhike, backpack/camp, ski, mountain bike, and horseback riding.

Total length: 4.5 miles one way, at which point it connects to the No Frog Pond Loop trail

Elevation gain: 840’

Difficulty: __X__ Easy                                _____ Moderate                          _____ Difficult

Trailhead directions:

-From Colville Washington, at the Junction of US 395 and SR 20 traffic light, go east on SR 20 ( 3rd Ave) for 1.1 mile.

-Turn left (north) onto Aladdin Road for 7.3 miles.

-Turn right (east) onto South Fork Mill Creek Road for 1.5 mile.

-Turn left (northeast) onto Middle Fork Mill Creek Road for 2 miles (hence the name “Two-Mile Trail”).

-The trailhead is on the right and is hard to see. It is marked only by two small logs laid on each side of the trail at the junction with the road. You can turn around about 100 yards farther up the road where you will see a small meadow. If you come to a historic school house (Bon Ayre School), you’ve gone too far. Park on the wide shoulder turnouts on either side of the trailhead.

Trailhead GPS coordinates:           N48 38.430 W117 43.914 Elevation: 2780’

Trail description: Two words that describe Two-Mile trail well are “Peace” and “Quiet”! Although this trail has a lot of “Green Wall”, it also provides some spectacular landscape views. It is an easy hike or a moderate trip for a mountain bike. It cuts through a mixed aspen, birch, fir and pine forest. The snow leaves fairly early in the spring because of its relatively low elevation. This trail is shady enough to keep you cool on a warm summer day. This is a beautiful fall hike with lots of leafy trees changing color. It is also suitable for cross-country skiing although there may be underbrush bent down on parts of the trail from snow load.

One mile from the trailhead, the trail flattens and comes to the first junction, the Leprechaun trail down and to the right.

Two-Mile/Leprechaun Jct GPS coordinates: N48 37.754 W117 44.399 Elevation 3060’

Staying to the left, continue up the road/trail. The trail rises sharply 150 vertical feet over several hundred yards on an old logging skid trail to the junction with an old road at the Rubber Boa junction.

Rubber Boa Junction GPS coordinates: N48 37.742 W117 44.217 Elevation 3210’

Before turning right up the Rubber Boa road/trail, consider taking a short .2 mile jaunt to the left for a worth while view looking west down Mill Creek. Retuning to Rubber Boa Jct, continue up the road. The next junction, “Boa-Mariposa Jct”, is about ¼ mile.

Boa/Mariposa Jct GPS coordinates: N48 37.545 W117 44.122 Elevation 3280’

Stay left and continue another ¼ mile up the old road/trail to “Mariposa Meadows” (named after Mariposa Lilies that grow here). These are sloping meadows at 3370’ with a wonderful spirit-lifting view of Old Dominion Mountain on the skyline to the southwest. This is a sunny, warm place for a sit-down break and snack or a little off road skiing in the meadow if the snow is right. (Notice the “combed thinning unit” to the south-southeast).

Another 1/2 mile will take you to a “triangle junction”: GPS coordinates: N48 37.560 W117 43.560 Elev. 3500’

A left turn takes you 2.4 miles farther east dead ends, turning into a trail for .1 mile before it connects to the loop trail around the small seasonal “No Frog Pond” at Jct GPS coordinates: N48 38.000 W117 41.824 Elev. 3490’

If biking, you might enjoy going right at the triangle junction for 1.2 miles with 510’ elev loss, down FSRD 7005-117 to 7005-090, taking a left at Kegel Road just south of the No Frog Pond trailhead. (A right on Kegel Road for .7 mile takes you down to South Fork Mill Creek road). Ride the No Frog Loop counterclockwise. When you arrive at the connector trail west of the pond, take a right onto it and continue .1 mile to the Two-Mile road. From this point it’s 4.5 miles back to the Two-Mile trail head. (Also see the No Frog Pond Loop Guide).

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