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Kettle Crest North — Friday, Jul. 3, 2020

Eastern Washington

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WTA Member


Type of Hike


Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road suitable for all vehicles


Bugs were not too bad


Snow free

Land of the Sylix Nation.

This was my first time on this trail; I'm already planning a return. I encountered just two day hikers on my way up. There are wildflowers blooming, and the strawberries along the trail are in bloom. There's currently plenty of water along the trail. Both the piped springs I passed are flowing; the one I used is flowing at 3-4 liters per minute. I saw what I believe were bear tracks in the soft dirt near one of the springs; if you're spending the night, store your food appropriately. 

I stopped for the day near the junction of the Wapaloosie Trail. There were a few wee patches of snow here, and precisely one mosquito tried to join me in my tent. (There are bugs were there's water, but even there they weren't bad.) One must be cautious about the dead trees in the area when selecting a campsite, but I found numerous places where one may hang a hammock or set up a tent. 

Because of a miscommunication about what turned out to not be an urgent family matter, I headed home the next day. While this was just a short trip, it was enough to convince me to come back & explore more. One the way back to Sherman Pass, I encountered a half-dozen day hikers, five backpackers, and five or six riders. That's still a pretty light load for eight miles of trail on a summer weekend.