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Sherman Peak Loop

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range
48.6019, -118.4734 Map & Directions
Length
5.9 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1800 feet
Highest Point
6998 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Ridges/passes

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

This six mile loop offers a nice day hike option in the highlands of Eastern Washington, utilizing part of the scenic Kettle Crest Trail, and exploring the Sherman Pass area. Continue reading

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Hiking Sherman Peak Loop

This six mile loop offers a nice day hike option in the highlands of Eastern Washington, utilizing part of the scenic Kettle Crest Trail, and exploring the Sherman Pass area.

From the trailhead, head downhill and then back up to the road. Cross the road, and look for where the trail resumes about 100 feet towards the pass. Due to its proximity to the road, traffic on the road can be heard for much of this hike, but the riot of flowers and views (and larches in the fall) can make up for that.

There are more than 400 plants in this area, including the ever-present lupine and paintbrush, but also the rarer rattlesnake plantain and parrot's beak. These contrast nicely with the silvered trunks of trees burned in the 1988 White Mountain Fire. Here, you'll want to keep an eye out if hiking in wind -- snags can fall easily and with little warning.

From the junction of the road and the trail, it's a steady but short and not-too-steep uphill climb. Another junction, less than a mile away, shows you sthe sign for the official Sherman Peak Loop. It's a loop, so feel free to turn either left or right.

The loop makes for relatively flat, easy hiking -- it does not take you to the top of Sherman Peak, but rather around it. Hike in and out of the 1988 fire zones where those silvered lodgepole pine are about 15 feet tall, skirted around their bottoms with colorful flowers. On clear days, photo-worthy views into Canada and the forests of Eastern Washington are laid out before you.

The next trail junction is the Kettle Crest trail. Turn onto this trail and complete the loop to head back towards Sherman Pass. Before heading back to the trailhead, look for the sign describing the effects of the 1988 fire.

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Sherman Peak Loop

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.6019, -118.4734 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

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

Parking is available at Sherman Pass on Highway 20 -- 12 miles east of Republic and 40 miles west of Colville. The Sherman Loop Trail begins on the south side of the highway about 100 feet east of the pass.

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Trailhead

Eastern Washington > Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

Sherman (#12)

Colville National Forest, Republic Ranger District

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