Kettle Crest / Sherman Trail

Republic, Washington

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This loop--a strenuous 17.2-mile ride--follows trails for 6.6 miles, gravel roads for 6.2 miles, and pavement for 4.6 miles. The most challenging part is the initial climb on Kettle Crest Trail. From Sherman Pass on WA 20, Kettle Crest Trail switchbacks up Columbia Mountain for a mile; it is steep and hoof-worn in places. Short 'breaks" between the most technical spots keep it rideable. this climb is followed by a gentle traverse around Columbia Mountain and some moderately difficult (but short) climbs near jungle Hill. Much of the descent from Kettle Crest involves tight, rocky switchbacks. Sherman Trail ties into gravel roads that lead out to WA 20. the climb back up to the pass is on a two-lane highway- a grind only a touring cyclist could love. It is actually an easy grade, but you will be taxed after 5 miles of it. The highlights of this ride are its challenging start and miles of pleasant singletrack cruising. Scenery: Trails traverse grassy hillsides and travel through stands of timber; the highway passes the remains of a 20,000 acre forest fire.
Mountain Bike! Washington

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Mountain Bike! Washington

by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

This loop--a strenuous 17.2-mile ride--follows trails for 6.6 miles, gravel roads for 6.2 miles, and pavement for 4.6 miles. The most challenging part is the initial climb on Kettle Crest Trail. From Sherman Pass on WA 20, Kettle Crest Trail switchbacks up Columbia Mountain for a mile; it is steep and hoof-worn in places. Short 'breaks" between the most technical spots keep it rideable. this climb is followed by a gentle traverse around Columbia Mountain and some moderately difficult (but short) climbs near jungle Hill.

Much of the descent from Kettle Crest involves tight, rocky switchbacks. Sherman Trail ties into gravel roads that lead out to WA 20. the climb back up to the pass is on a two-lane highway- a grind only a touring cyclist could love. It is actually an easy grade, but you will be taxed after 5 miles of it. The highlights of this ride are its challenging start and miles of pleasant singletrack cruising. Scenery: Trails traverse grassy hillsides and travel through stands of timber; the highway passes the remains of a 20,000 acre forest fire.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Republic
Distance: 17.2
Elevation Gain: 2,540 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: The best riding here is in the summer, after the snow has melted and the trail has had a chance to dry.
Trailhead Elevation: 5,600 feet
Top Elevation: 6,500 feet
Local Contacts: Republic Ranger District, 509-775-3305
Local Maps: Colville National Forest map. USGS 7.5: Sherman Peak, Edds Mountain, Copper Butte, and Cooke Mountain.
Driving Directions: Directions to Kettle Crest / Sherman Trail

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