Columbia Mountain Loop Kettle Crest North

Republic, Washington

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The loop trip around Columbia Mountain could be considered a delicious meal in itself, or a juicy appetizer for future expeditions on the 30-mile north segment of the Kettle Crest National Recreation Trail, one of the premier backpacking routes in the Colville National Forest. The trailhead, with easy access from State Highway 20, launches hikers toward the tops of rolling mountains and the flowered meadows of the Colville’s largest roadless area. The abandoned cabin on Columbia Mountain is the oldest fire lookout still existing in this region, although its days are numbered.
100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

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100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

by Rich Landers & Spokane Mountaineers (The Mountaineers Books)

The loop trip around Columbia Mountain could be considered a delicious meal in itself, or a juicy appetizer for future expeditions on the 30-mile north segment of the Kettle Crest National Recreation Trail, one of the premier backpacking routes in the Colville National Forest.

The trailhead, with easy access from State Highway 20, launches hikers toward the tops of rolling mountains and the flowered meadows of the Colville’s largest roadless area. The abandoned cabin on Columbia Mountain is the oldest fire lookout still existing in this region, although its days are numbered.

©  Rich Landers & Spokane Mountaineers/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Republic
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Mid-June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 5,575 feet
Top Elevation: 6,780 feet
Local Contacts: Colville National Forest, Republic District
Local Maps: USGS Sherman Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Columbia Mountain Loop (Kettle Crest North)

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