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Kettle Crest North

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range
48.6091, -118.4845 Map & Directions
Length
29.0 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
5200 feet
Highest Point
7135 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

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

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Hiking Kettle Crest North

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.

Hike Description Written by
Holly Weiler, WTA Correspondent

Kettle Crest North

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.6091, -118.4845 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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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

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.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

Kettle Crest North (#13.1)

Colville National Forest, Republic Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest by Rich Landers

USGS Sherman Peak

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