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Kettle Crest North

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range
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Length

29.0 miles, one-way

Elevation

Gain: 5200 ft.
Highest Point: 7135 ft.

Rating

3.50 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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With 12 named peaks along a route that starts and stays high, hikers can expect big views, no crowds and excellent stargazing.

This National Recreation Trail contours around 11 peaks and goes directly over the summit of the 12th and highest, Copper Butte, along its 29-mile length. With easy access at either end, it’s possible to do this as a point-to-point with a shuttle vehicle or go for an out-and-back of varied distance from either trailhead. Along the route are several easy, off-trail scrambles with good vistas from their summits.

For an easy campsite with unobstructed stargazing potential, camp at Copper Butte. At 7,140 feet, it’s the highest peak on the crest and the sixth tallest in Eastern Washington. For a campsite with water nearby, opt instead for the old sheepherder camp near the intersection with the Jungle Hill Trail, where a piped spring pours ice-cold water into a shallow pool. The spacious camp area is tucked in the trees, but good stargazing can be found just uphill.

 

Kettle Crest North

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.6091, -118.4845 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

Kettle Crest North (#13.1)

Colville National Forest, Republic Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest by Rich Landers

USGS Sherman Peak

Getting There

From Spokane, take Highway 395 north through Kettle Falls. Cross the Columbia River and bear west on Highway 20. At Sherman Pass, turn north into the trailhead and parking area for the Kettle Crest. Both the North and South portions are accessible from the same trailhead.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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