Kettle Crest South

Onion Ridge, Washington

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Kettle Crest Trail No. 13 travels for over 40 miles along the spine of the lofty yet gentle Kettle River Range. One of Washington’s fi nest high-country long-distance trails, it can be hiked piecemeal when combined with its numerous side trails or all the way through on a three- or four-night journey. The southern 13.5-mile section contains some of the range’s most dramatic scenery and makes for an excellent two-day trip. Almost the entire way, however, is through the 1988 White Mountain Fire Burn Zone. Shade and water are scarce. But views are nonstop and wildfl owers and wildlife are prolifi c.
 Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multi-Day Routes

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Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multi-Day Routes

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Kettle Crest Trail No. 13 travels for over 40 miles along the spine of the lofty yet gentle Kettle River Range. One of Washington’s fi nest high-country long-distance trails, it can be hiked piecemeal when combined with its numerous side trails or all the way through on a three- or four-night journey. The southern 13.5-mile section contains some of the range’s most dramatic scenery and makes for an excellent two-day trip. Almost the entire way, however, is through the 1988 White Mountain Fire Burn Zone. Shade and water are scarce. But views are nonstop and wildfl owers and wildlife are prolifi c.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Onion Ridge
Distance: 13.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: late Jun–Nov
Local Maps: USGS Sherman Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Kettle Crest South

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May 2018