Sherman Peak Loop Kettle Crest South

Republic, Washington

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This southern section of the 43-mile Kettle Crest National Recreation Trail heads south from Sherman Pass on State Highway 20 and goes 13 miles through the snags left from a 1988 forest fire, terminating just past White Mountain, a Native American spiritual site. The trail is complemented with a segment featured here that forms the delightful 5.3-mile loop trip around Sherman Peak. Wildlife is abundant, including deer, coyotes, grouse, black bears, and songbirds, with signs of the elusive lynx. Listen for the shrill whistle of the varied thrush in the timber and the squeaks of pikas in the talus slopes. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife manages this region as a trophy mule deer area, which means it has a high ratio of mature bucks with antlers fourpoints or better on each side. Funds from sales of this guidebook helped volunteers build an overnight shelter south of Sherman Peak near Snow Peak in 1996.
100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

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100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

by Rich Landers & Spokane Mountaineers (The Mountaineers Books)

This southern section of the 43-mile Kettle Crest National Recreation Trail heads south from Sherman Pass on State Highway 20 and goes 13 miles through the snags left from a 1988 forest fire, terminating just past White Mountain, a Native American spiritual site. The trail is complemented with a segment featured here that forms the delightful 5.3-mile loop trip around Sherman Peak.

Wildlife is abundant, including deer, coyotes, grouse, black bears, and songbirds, with signs of the elusive lynx. Listen for the shrill whistle of the varied thrush in the timber and the squeaks of pikas in the talus slopes. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife manages this region as a trophy mule deer area, which means it has a high ratio of mature bucks with antlers fourpoints or better on each side. Funds from sales of this guidebook helped volunteers build an overnight shelter south of Sherman Peak near Snow Peak in 1996.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Republic
Distance: 5.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours or overnight
Season: Mid-June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 5,575 feet
Top Elevation: 6,440 feet
Local Contacts: Colville National Forest, Three Rivers District, Kettle Falls Office
Local Maps: USGS Sherman Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Sherman Peak Loop (Kettle Crest South)

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