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Columbia Mountain Snowshoe

Eastern Washington


Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range
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7.5 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 1400 ft.


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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit

This loop is described as one of the top snowshoe treks in the Columbia Highlands. Head north on the Kettle Crest National Scenic Trail across the southwestern flank of Columbia Mountain. The open summit, the high point for this adventure, holds views of the surrounding Kettle Range.

Columbia Mountain feels like the middle of nowhere even though it's easily accessible right off the paved highway. From the parking lot, take the Kettle Crest National Scenic Trail north, climbing through aspen groves and snow-covered meadows until reaching the side trail to Columbia.

Turn right and continue the climb, and at the summit loop trail, turn left (the loop is not recommended for winter visitors). After a little more than a quarter-mile, watch for the summit trail to the right and make one final big climb to Columbia's summit, home of a restored 1914 fire lookout cabin.

Enjoy the view of Sherman and Snow Peak to the south, Wapaloosie Mountain to the north, and on a clear day, the edge of the Cascades to the west. Return via the same route.

Some previous snowshoe experience and winter survival skills recommended on this trail.


Columbia Mountain Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.6073, -118.4786 Open map in new window


Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

Columbia Mountain (#24)

Colville National Forest, Republic Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking Eastern Washington by Rich Landers and Craig Romano

100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest by Rich Landers

50 Hikes for Eastern Washington's Highest Mountains by James P. Johnson

USGS Sherman Peak

USGS Copper Butte

Getting There

Take Hwy 395 4 miles west of Kettle Falls cross the bridge over the Columbia River. Turn left (west) on Hwy 20, toward the town of Republic. Stay on 20 for approximately 22 miles to the Sherman Pass parking area, on the right (north) side of the highway.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit

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