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Jungle Hill Loop

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range
48.6066, -118.4776 Map & Directions
Length
15.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
3348 feet
Highest Point
6565 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

Jungle Hill and Wapaloosie traverse a staggering diversity of classic Kettle Range habitats, from interior mixed-conifer forest to aspen groves and sagebrush meadows. Continue reading

Rating
3.60 out of 5

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Hiking Jungle Hill Loop

This is the perfect short backpack or long day hike! From the Jungle Hill campground, the trail drops approximately 0.25 mile to Sherman Creek. Note the return trail on the left, then cross Sherman Creek to the Jungle Hill Trail and begin the approximately four-mile climb to the meadows near Jungle Hill.

Near the intersection with the Kettle Crest, the open grassy meadows are suddenly overtaken by sagebrush. Depending on the season, watch for wild forget-me-nots, lupine and Indian paintbrush adding splashes of brighter color. The junction with the Kettle Crest is the site of an old sheepherders’ camp, boasting a nice campsite with easy access to a piped spring for filtering water.

From the campsite, continue south on the Kettle Crest. The trail skirts around Jungle Hill and winds its way toward Columbia Mountain. At around the 9.5 mile mark, hikers will reach the junction with the Columbia Mountain Summit Trail. There is a dry campsite near the summit. From the junction with Columbia Mountain, continue on the Kettle Crest Trail to Sherman Pass.

Note that there is a small campground located near the trailhead, along with a vault toilet. Complete the loop by crossing the trailhead entrance road.

At the junction with the Kettle Crest South Trail, stay left on the Sherman Creek trail. The trail follows the power line for a short segment, and also passes a trail junction with Sherman Creek Campground (fee required to stay here), before descending back into the forest as it returns to the junction with the Jungle Hill Trail.

This portion of the hike is the best place to fill empty water bottles with huckleberries when they are in season.

Hike Description Written by
Artie McRae, WTA Community

Jungle Hill Loop

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.6066, -118.4776 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Drive west from Kettle Falls for 4 miles on Highway 395. Cross the bridge over the Columbia River, and turn left on Highway 20. Continue to the Albion Hill Road (FR 2030) turnoff. This is found east of the top of Sherman Pass. Turn right off Highway 20 onto Albion Hill Road, and drive a mile to the signed Jungle Hill Campground. Turn left and continue to the campground loop at the end of the road.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

Jungle Hill (#16)

Colville National Forest, Republic Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

USGS Sherman Peak

USGS Edds Mountain

USGS Copper Butte

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