Ryan Cabin — Saturday, Jul. 14, 2012
As part of the weekend with the Kettle Range Conservation Group some of us did the Stickpin/ Ryan Hill Loop. The trail head is 11.5 mile off hwy 20 on the Albian Hill Road located 3.5 miles east of Sherman Pass. Because of resent storms there are some large washout on the road that you must negotiate and I would recommend a high clearance vehicle. We started the loop by heading up the Stickpin trail which gain elevation gently as it follows South Boulder creek for the first mile and a half. The last half mile plus leave the creek and goes straight up until you reach the junction with the Kettle crest trail where you turn north. The Stickpin trail is in terrible shape because of all the rain. It has large washouts and in places it is like walking up a small creek. The rest of the loop is in good shape. As you head north on the Kettle Crest (for about a mile and a half) you are rewarded with great views of the valley and Profanity Peak. When you hit the junction with the Ryan Hill trail you are on the home stretch. A few minutes hiking and you reach the remains of a old trappers cabin and then its a gentle downhill to the trail head. All in all this is a great hike that few people know about. I have never seen another vehicle at the trail head as it is one of the most remote trail heads in the Kettles.