Snow Peak Cabin Trail

Republic, Washington 99166

Snow Peak Cabin Trail

Snow Peak Cabin Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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Day Hiking Eastern Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Rich Landers
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"The way starts by following an old logging road. The grade is gentle and the walking pleasurable, but the roadway is covered in tall grasses, so be tick aware early in the season. At 1.9 miles, come to the old trailhead (elev. 4880 ft). Turn left and follow cairns to begin climbing—steeply at times—up a ridge and through the 1988 White Mountain burn zone (hot and dry; carry lots of water). Clumps of willows and hardy evergreens that survived the fire dot the hillside, and wildflowers paint the open hillsides." Read more

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Trail Information

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