Columbia Mountain (Kettle Crest North) is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Republic, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from June until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Nice hike with views from trail most of the way. Loop around the top of Columbia Mountain and then hike to the peak for beautiful views of the Kettles and a look at a restored fire look out. The trail is not too steep and a combination of forest and open vistas makes it a pleasant interesting hike. Leave the main trail that continues on up the Kettle Crest and hike up to the loop trail. The trail to the top is obvious and leads to the restored fire lookout and lovely views.
This trail is a well maintained trail. Expect some scree on the last section actually summiting Columbia Mountain. On top you will find the ruins of the old fire lookout and a salvaged structure that the local backcountry horseman rebuilt a few years ago. This would be a great place to camp for the night.