Snow Peak Cabin Trail

Republic, Washington

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This is one of my favorite hikes in the Kettles. It’s short and sweet, instantly putting you into the high country. This entire hike is within the White Mountain burn of 1988, so shade doesn’t exist. However, there are only 1500 feet of climbing and it is almost always windy along this trail. You’ll be mystified by the ghostly silver snags that line the way. Fireweed and aster paint the regenerating forest floor. Your dog will be captivated by the number of ground squirrels that have colonized the burnt zone. From the trailhead, waste no time in climbing. A few surviving trees provide some greenery. The trail is grassy here (planted after the fire to prevent erosion) so watch for ticks early in the season. After 2 miles of good trail you’ll come to a high point on the ridge, with good views south to Edds and Bald mountains. You’ll notice the Snow Peak cabin, too, just below Bald.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest

by Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)

This is one of my favorite hikes in the Kettles. It’s short and sweet, instantly putting you into the high country. This entire hike is within the White Mountain burn of 1988, so shade doesn’t exist. However, there are only 1500 feet of climbing and it is almost always windy along this trail. You’ll be mystified by the ghostly silver snags that line the way. Fireweed and aster paint the regenerating forest floor. Your dog will be captivated by the number of ground squirrels that have colonized the burnt zone.

From the trailhead, waste no time in climbing. A few surviving trees provide some greenery. The trail is grassy here (planted after the fire to prevent erosion) so watch for ticks early in the season. After 2 miles of good trail you’ll come to a high point on the ridge, with good views south to Edds and Bald mountains. You’ll notice the Snow Peak cabin, too, just below Bald.

©  Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Republic
Distance: 6.4
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Best June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 5,200 feet
Top Elevation: 6,320 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Colville National Forest, Republic Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Sherman Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Snow Peak Cabin Trail

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