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Old Stage

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range
48.7094, -118.4445 Map & Directions
Length
1.6 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
553 feet
Highest Point
6048 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy/Moderate
The trailhead sign at the Old Stage trail. Photo by Holly Weiler. Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

A trail wide enough for a stage coach, which was its original and still permitted use, Old Stage Trail No. 75 serves as the main feeder trail to the Kettle Crest National Recreation Trail for access to nearby Copper Butte. Continue reading

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Hiking Old Stage

A trail wide enough for a stage coach, which was its original and still permitted use, Old Stage Trail No. 75 serves as the main feeder trail to the Kettle Crest National Recreation Trail for access to nearby Copper Butte.

This former stagecoach route, constructed in 1892, served as the original east/west "highway" over the Kettle Mountain Range. The steep and rocky route was moved south to Sherman Pass by 1898, but the trail is still technically considered open to stagecoach travel, should anyone wish to attempt it. Old Stage Trail #75 is the eastern portion of the old stage route. The trailhead boasts a circular drive to accommodate horse trailers, a CXT outhouse, and three small campsites with fire rings.

The trail consists of a relatively short climb of 1.7 miles to the junction with the Kettle Crest National Recreation Trail (running N/S), and Old Stage Trail No. 1 (continuing west).

A small campsite is located at this intersection, with access to water a short distance south at a stock tank on the flank of Midnight Mountain. Old Stage Trail No. 75 is the main access route for hikers intending to hike Copper Butte, the tallest peak along the Kettle Crest at 7,140 feet.

The trail can also be combined with several others in the area for longer hiking and backpacking routes.

Hike Description Written by
Holly Weiler, WTA Correspondent

Old Stage

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.7094, -118.4445 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

From Highway 20 just east of Sherman Pass, travel north on Albian Hill Road 7.1 miles to the trailhead.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

Old Stage Trail No. 75 (#75)

Colville National Forest, Three Rivers Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking Eastern Washington, Rich Landers and Craig Romano, Mountaineers Books.

USGS Copper Butte

Colville National Forest map

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