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Ryan Cabin

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range
48.7608, -118.4351 Map & Directions
Length
1.7 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
700 feet
Highest Point
5200 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy/Moderate
Burnt forest on the trail to Ryan Cabin. Photo by Holly Weiler. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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One of several feeder trails to the Kettle Crest, the Ryan Cabin Trail provides easy access to numerous route options in the Kettle Range. Continue reading

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Hiking Ryan Cabin

One of several feeder trails to the Kettle Crest, the Ryan Cabin Trail provides easy access to numerous route options in the Kettle Range. At only 1.7 miles one-way, Ryan Cabin is among the shortest of the feeder trails leading to the Kettle Crest, intersecting this National Recreation Trail between Mount Leona and Profanity Peak. Side hikes to these and other nearby high points are popular destinations. Mount Leona has a summit trail, although it is infrequently maintained and can be difficult to follow. Profanity has no summit trail but is a moderate off-trail scramble.

This entire area was heavily impacted by the 2015 Stickpin Fire, resulting in the loss of the trail's namesake cabin along with the majority of the trees along the route. Visitors can expect to find a ghost forest with few large living trees and frequent downfall following wind events. As the understory slowly grows back the biggest draws will be early summer wildflowers and fall colors.

One of the most popular loop routes before the fire was the 6.4 mile loop including Ryan Cabin, the Kettle Crest heading south, and exiting via the Stickpin Trail which returns to the same trailhead as Ryan Cabin. While Ryan Cabin has been maintained since the fire, Stickpin Trail has not, so expect some route-finding difficulties if attempting this loop. The trail can provide excellent access to backpacking opportunities on the Kettle Crest, and a small campground is available at the trailhead (picnic tables, fire rings; no outhouse available). 

Ryan Cabin

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.7608, -118.4351 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 Highway 20 over Sherman Pass, turn north on Albian Hill Road (NF 2030). Proceed north on Albian Hill Road 11.8 miles (note that the road is in good condition as far as the Old Stage Road trailhead, but can be rough and narrow thereafter). Turn left at the sign for Ryan Cabin/Stickpin Trailhead on NF spur road 900. Reach Stickpin Trail first at 0.3 miles, and Ryan Cabin at 0.4 miles. The small campground is located between the two trails.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

Ryan Cabin (#30)

Colville National Forest, Three Rivers Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking Eastern Washington (Landers and Romano - Mountaineers Books)

USGS Mount Leona

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