x-country in Rossland
Overview of directions
The overview of this route is to take I-90 until you hit
the Columbia river and then travel up the river into
Canada. A Washington state map is probably a good thing
to have in your car. Rossland is just a few miles north
of Northport, WA, so you don't actually need a
Canada/B.C. map. Mountain passes: Snoqualmie on I-90
and a steep hill the last 6-10 miles.
If you take this route you will find
food/hotels/stopping at the following spots. This isn't
a thoroughly researched list - only what we've seen from
the car window:
Ellensburg (~1.5-2 hrs from Seattle): Decent food and
George – off the highway at exit #143 on I-90 is Cave
B inn, restaurant, spa and winery. It’s great – esp if
you have dogs! Not cheap and you probably need a
http://www.sagecliffe.com/Inn.htm. If you want to
leave Seattle after work and just get out of the city,
past traffic, this is a perfect spot to eat & spend the
Ephrata (~3hrs from Seattle): Best Western + motels +
some food. This is the best "mid point" stop
Soap Lake (~3.25 hours from Seattle): Immediately when
you get to Soap Lake there are 2 small motels near the
Wilbur (~4 hours from Seattle): Food, maybe espresso,
shaky looking motels
Creston (~4 hours from Seattle): Espresso
On the Miles Creston road, about 2/3rds of the way
through on your left is a park called the Hawk’s Nest.
It’s a good place for a short walk, picnic, stretch.
Kettle Falls (5-5.5 hours from Seattle): motels + food
(if the health food store is open, it’s got a good café.
Take a right at the stop sign and it’s on the right.)--
but you're only an hour max from Rossland... so we
always keep driving.
Gas: Past Soap Lake, and especially past Wilbur, there
isn’t much – especially late at night (except for Kettle
Take I-90 East to exit #151.
to Ephrata/Soap Lake/Grand Coulee.
Take 283 North when you leave I-90 towards Ephrata &
283 North will merge with 28 East. Stay on 28 East
towards Ephrata and Soap Lake
About 10 minutes past Ephrata, take 17 North towards
Soap Lake & Grand Coulee.
At this point you are driving along the Columbia
River on your left, which is quite pretty and worth
doing in the day light.
About 20 mins north of Soap Lake, you will take a
Right on 2 East, going towards Grand Coulee/Spokane.
At this point you are 66 miles east of
Wenatchee on highway 2.
IF YOU ARE COMING FROM
direction, pick up these directions here. For these directions, do NOT take 155 to Grand Coulee
Dam, but instead stay on 2 East.
Just past Creston & mile marker 232, take a left on
Miles Creston Road. You will see a Lake Roosevelt sign &
be going towards Lincoln and Seven Bays.
After a short while, continue straight on this road
instead of taking the left for Lincoln
After about 20 miles on Miles Creston Road, it will
Take a left on 25 North towards Kettle Falls &
signs for Fort Spokane.
Continue on 25 North through Kettle Falls, towards
Kettle Falls you will see a signs
for "Trail, BC.”
Trail is 6 miles past Rossland.
Continue on 25 North through Northport & through the
Be nice to the border people. You
are now 6 miles from Rossland, approximately 10 miles from the house.
25 North changes to 22 at the border. Keep heading
straight up the hill.
At the top of the hill you will see signs for 3B
East (for Rossland town, Trail, etc) and 3B West. Veer
left (or straight) on 3B West if you are coming straight
to the house. There is a RaceTrac gas station/Cantina at
After 2.5 miles, you will go past Red Mountain sign on
your left. Then you will see Richie road on your right,
then a sign that says "74 kilometers to next services."
Take your next right onto Mann Road/signs for Black
Jack. (This is 2.7 miles from the Gas Station.) Note
that in the winter the Mann Road sign is usually down
and in the summer the Black Jack sign is sometimes down.
We are 0.7 miles down on Mann road. We are the 2nd to
last house on the right on Mann Road. Our address is
4775 Mann Road.
When you pull down the driveway, you
can't miss the house!