4,465 ft
65 ft
-63 ft
3,750 ft
High Point

Sunshine loop Details

  • Activities
    • Nordic Ski
  • Riding Area
    Mt Bonaparte
    Tonasket, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Winter only trail
  • Trail Type
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Skiing

1.3 kilometers. The Loop circles a large meadow. Access is via Straight Edge to Hej Bue and Sunshine Trail; Whitetail to Hej Bue and Sunshine Trail; or Whitetail to Pomme de Pin or Twista Vista.

Sunshine Loop is relatively flat, though the decent from Pomme du Pin or Twista Vista can be icy under the tree drip line. From the meadow there is a great view of Mt. Bonaparte.

Access Info

Highlands Nordic Sno-Park is part of the Washington State Sno-Park system. You must purchase a valid parking permit to use the area, but there is no daily charge to ski. Permits are available for the day ($20.00) or the season ($40.00) and can be purchased from Forest Service offices, other vendors, and on line at http://parks.state.wa.us/134/Permits .

Highlands Nordic is about 16.5 miles from Tonasket, WA and easy to find. From Tonasket, take Havillah Road (right turn if traveling north) at the north end of town toward Sitzmark Ski Area. Drive 15 miles NE to the Mill Creek Road (Forest Service Road #3230). Turn right, and take Mill Creek Rd. 1.5 miles to the main parking lot. A smaller parking area 0.3 miles from the turnoff accesses the lower trails directly.

If coming from Oroville, take the Molson Grade Rd. east from the center of town and follow the signs to Sitzmark Ski Area. Continue past Sitzmark and go through Havillah. The Mill Creek turnoff is approximately 0.5 miles south of Havillah.


Winter sports only. Private property for other seasons.

Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Sunshine loop nordic ski trail trail
  • Altitude change
    2 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,709 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,709 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,711 ft
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,870 ft
  • Distance down
    1,657 ft
  • Distance flat
    915 ft
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