Sherman Peak Loop

Colville, Washington 99114

Sherman Peak Loop

Sherman Peak Loop Professional Review and Guide

"Sunshine, high lumpy mountains, larches, and views spanning Washington’s east side from the Cascades to the Selkirk Mountains are the highlights of the loop hike around Sherman Peak.

From a high, paved trailhead, it doesn’t take long to get to some of the best views in the Kettle River Range. And there is a bonus along the way: a rustic cabin where pups are welcome overnight!"

More Sherman Peak Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"Immediately starting in the old burn zone, the trail wastes no time climbing. A few surviving big firs provide some shade among the many snags. The understory is grassy here (planted after the fire to prevent erosion), so watch for ticks early in the season. The open forest and plentiful forage favors deer. You should see plenty. Lots of flowers too— asters and lupine paint the hillsides purple."

"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."

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Absolutely amazing!! It was a nature overload!! Love, love, love. Will definitely return.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Camping, Mountain Biking
Additional Use
Colville National Forest, Republic Ranger District; (509) 775-7400
Local Contacts
USGS Sherman Peak, Copper Butte
Local Maps

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Oct 2018