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Kettle Crest Trail

Average Rating:    (4.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

The 30 miles of the Kettle Crest (North) Trail has everything a trail could have to offer. It is great single track that mostly follows along the ridge top of the Kettle Crest. Trail maintenance is mostly good, due in part to the trail following the ridge. There is no motorized use, and by the time the snow patches are gone the trail is mostly dry and in good shape. The best time to ride the Kettle Crest is in late summer or early fall just after a rain, which helps pack the trail surface. The trail climbs via switch backs out of Sherman Pass and then follows along the ridge for most of the trail. There are expansive views from the ridge top at many locations along the ridge. There are several places where trails intersect the Kettle Crest Trail. The trail winds through alpine saddles densely covered with small Lodgepole Pine, crosses rock scree areas, along grassy meadows, and through some clear cuts where there are good views. Some short sections are steep and others are easy and fairly level. The north section leaving Boulder Creek Pass is not as steep as the southern section from Sherman Pass. The first 3 miles from the northern trail head makes a great downhill. This trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail. It rates as one of the top rides in Washington, especially when the weather is good. There are nice campgrounds at either end that don't seem to get much use. Water is not available, garbage must be packed out and the campgrounds are right on the highway.
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Latitude
48.628030097728164
Longitude
-118.4487533569336
Trail Directions
The quickest access to the Kettle Crest Trail North is at Sherman Pass located on HWY #20 about 17 miles east of Republic and about 25 miles west of Kettle Falls. From Kettle Falls follow HWY #395 to HWY #20. Follow HWY #20 approximately 25 miles to Sherman Pass. Turn north onto the Trail head access road. The Trail head is well signed at the pass.
Trail Length
30.2
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Republic
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
June 6, 2009

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: pablitolaak ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I wanted to be the first to ride this trail this year as I just moved to Republic as winter began. And despite it being really hot in the valleys these past couple of weeks, winter has not yet lost its grip on the Kettle Crest Trail. I started the ride from Sherman Pass at 10 am Friday, June 5, 2009. I started to see small snow patches on the north side of Columbia Mountain.It took me over two hours to get to Jungle Hill. I hit thigh-high snow patches on the north sides of the peaks from here on in until I gave up at the top of Copper Butte (7,135 feet) almost six hours later. I turned back and went down the little used Marcus Trail, which will eventually take you down Fish Hatchery Road and back to Republic via Highway 21. I would think it will take at least two more weeks of hot weather to melt the snow.



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Review Date
August 1, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bruce prator ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
It is one of the best trail systems in Wa. for advanced riders. Most of the riding is intense. Kettle crest North is 30 miles with 11 peaks one has to go around and down to the next saddle. Elev ation change from 300 to 1000 feet between peaks. It is very rocky with some smooth spots. Most of the smooth spots are the many trails that connect the trail to a road. They are about 10 or so connecting trails just in the north section of the KCT. They vary from old wagon roads of 1.5 mile to 7 mile trails. Each trail head has a camping area( free) with no trash or drinking water, but water usually for stock animals which are the main users. Very little hiking and Mt biking occur but there are signs of both. I went there right after a rain. They are several small burn areas and hundreds of natural meadows with some of best wildflowers I've seen during late July. THe only bugs were biting flies, no mosquitos. The stock which includes some cattle do not damage the trail that much cause of the amount of rocks. Cattle actually are benifitual cause they keep the grasses from covering the trail where they operate. I talked with the republic ranger dist receptionist Very negative person) and she said the trail is usually cleared out by JUly 1st by contract trail guys. She said it is made by the cattle and humans enlarged it. IT is not a straight up and down trail like some ridge runners. Cattle are tooo big for that thank god. It is used year around by the paved roads by the snowshoers and nortic skiers. but with out any blue diamonds. The south portion of KCT of 10 miles has a big burn area in it so I didn't explore it.SO enjoy we need more bikers there to make it a better smoother trail.

Recommended Route:
Midddle portion from Old stage road to rand hill trail then down to Albion hill road and back uphil on road to stage road. Except for old stage road the singletrack is almost all downhill of about 12 miles or so. All the uphills are roads.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Explore all the side trails for great downhills or climbs some 2000 feet down.



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Review Date
October 10, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mtn Mike ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The single track was well maintained and in good condition all the way. The trail varied from fairly easy smooth single track, to moderately technical, and quite steep climbing and descending. We followed the trail for 11 miles before turning around and going back the way we came, due cold and snow. Apparently the trail goes on for quite a way...this will have to be tackled on another day. Shuttling the trail would be good. There are also some pretty good areas to camp along the trail, if you desire an overnight trip.

Recommended Route:
Start from the Kettle Crest North trailhead at the top of Sherman Pass. 22 mile out and back along trail 13 (Kettle Crest Trail). pretty simple

Other recommended trails in the same area:
first time in the area.



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Review Date
May 23, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Dennis , from Spokane, Wa

Summary:
I go here at least 2-3 times a summer and have found some incredible single track. You could ride single track here for days. An excellent route is to start from sherman pass and follow the Kettle Crest trail North. You can take a side trip to the lookout on top of Columbia mountain and then continue North. From here the trail continues to follow the ridge. Eventually you start heading downhill fast to an intersection. Continue North On the main trail. The fork on the left dead ends to a logging road and another trailhead. Going up the hill (I think its jungle hill) you'll come to an intersection on the right. If you go down this it will take you to Albion hill road. It's a very long downhill (forgot how many miles) and fairly technical. If you want REALLY technical riding don't take this trail. Continue north on the Kettle Crest and take the Albion Hill trail down. This is very technical and fast with lots of rocks, boulders, etc.. I would recommend parking a shuttle at the end of Albion Hill road or you'll have a very long climb back to Sherman Pass. Can't wait until the snow melts!!

Recommended Route:
There are many loops that can be done here. It is totally epic and very remote. The best riding is to take the north trail from Sherman pass.



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