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snow
7 days ago

Great place to hike! Went a little too early in the season as most of the trail has feet of snow on top of it. (Hiked in late May) It was still passable as far as we went before we turned around. Great views and well groomed trail once you get out of the mud.

hiking
8 days ago

Hiked 5/30/20. Gorgeous first 1/3 of trail with soft footing, multiple creeks/streams to ford. Last 2/3 mainly in areas that were fire-damaged, but still fun. Small, brief patches of snow (6-8 inches) at 4500' and later at 5500', no cramp-ons or other equipment needed. Some snow on the north side of the mountain at the summit; stay away from the edge. Saw a rubber boa.

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bugs
rocky
20 days ago

The trail was good, but not my favorite and I don’t feel the need to do it again. Some really rocky parts toward the start. There was no one on the trail other than our group. There were a few waterfalls/creeks. Loved the moss walls. A LOT OF TICK, so be sure to check.

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bugs
snow
21 days ago

Three stars only because we didn’t get to hike it. Road was open though but not accessible from about the trailhead to summit. Went up this morning, almost got to the trailhead but way too much snow. Along the road to the trailhead we had to move and even cut down several trees that had fallen and were blocking the road.. A saw and axe would be handy to have along in your car. Definitely not the month to go up, wait a few more. Took us about 2.5 hours from north Spokane going through Colville and Aladdin Rd / Deep Lake. With a hike, breaks and eating, driving back, probably plan for a full day. Looks great and a fun adventure though.

hiking
27 days ago

Had a great Saturday there, beautiful hike, fairly easy, watch for ticks

Did this beginning of May, was not expecting 3 feet of snow on about half the trail. Beautiful views though.

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bugs
1 month ago

snowshoeing
icy
snow
5 months ago

Trail was fairly fluffy in most spots, and icy in the shadows, but easily followed. Looks like I was the first on the trail today since we were making fresh tracks. Would have been much more scenic if the clouds had broken earlier in the day. Mostly cloudy, but a few breakouts of sun made for a nice day snowshoeing.

hiking
6 months ago

pretty easy, kids 10 and up friendly, some down trees. trail easy to find. 24 min per mile average.

hiking
snow
7 months ago

Trail fully snow-covered. Snow depth varies from a few inches, to about a foot at higher elevations around the loop. The vistas were amazing and the trail is passable, but you'll definetely want waterproof boots with gaiters to complete the hike.

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over grown
8 months ago

It's actually called the Kettle Crest trail and it's 30 miles one way. Although it does go past Jungle Hill, there is a separate trail called Jungle Hill trail #13 accessed from Albian Hill Rd off hwy 20. I hiked North Kettle Crest from Sherman Pass (there's south trail as well). I went about 5 miles, which is just short of Jungle Hill, until I came to a rock outcropping to the right. No path but it's worth the scramble and it's obvious others have been there. There are 180 degree views to the east and you can see a long distance. I turned back to the trail head and went up Columbia Mountain at fork at the 2 1/2 mile point. I didn't do the loop but opted to summit the mountain. The summit trail is obvious but not marked. Straight up and strenuous but worth it. There's a great old fire watch building that is on a national registry. The total I did today was 12 miles. Marvelous. Watch for cows, not heard.

Highly recommend! Easy to follow and so many gorgeous views. Looking forward to returning this winter for some snowshoeing!

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rocky
9 months ago

Bring bear spray! We did this hike but added to it. We saw two black bears along the way. The first was a grown adult and it ran with some noise from us and we never saw it again. The second one about 12 miles in was a sub adult black bear we think and even though we made ourselves known the whole trail it came at us. We made the mistake of not bringing bear spray. That mistake will never be made again. It kept trying to come at us but we kept yelling and jumping and it eventually backed off enough for us to back off some. We never knew if it kept fallowing us but we yelled the whole way back down to the road we were lucky enough to pass not far back and called our trip early once we were able to get back to kettle crest trailhead. Besides that though this was the best hike I’ve ever been on! By far best views I’ve seen and we didn’t see a single person the whole 12 miles.

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over grown
9 months ago

Although the trail is overgrown it was a blast! Many Portions are fun to run. The views are awesome!

Great casual trail. Lots of wildlife, easy to hike in an afternoon. Beautiful views and not a lot of foot traffic.

hiking
9 months ago

What a beautiful trail. Went 2nd week of August and there were still lots of wild flowers on the back side of the loop. Took us 3 hours to complete at a relaxed pace. Very well maintained trail. Will definitely be back

Excellent casual hike, took my twin 14 year old boys who are not avid hikers and they did really well. Weather was perfect and we were above the smoke that filled most of the valley below.

Be sure to breathe through your nose, not your mouth, to take in the amazing smells and clean air. The flowers, sage brush, firs, and grass are magical.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail never gets old! I have hiked and snowshoed it several times every year for the past 7 years. The frogs with orange legs in the mountain pond are curious, fearless, and adorable. You will see many different geographies as you hike the loop

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rocky
10 months ago

Very well maintained trail! it was overgrown in parts. Most likely due to the time of year. Great weather to hike in. It was 90° in town/valley and 71° up there! Will definitely go again.

Great trail, would highly recommend as an easy backpacking night! I hiked in on Sunday afternoon, didn't see anyone the whole way up, had a lovely night to myself with a beautiful sunset on Columbia mountain, camped outside the fire lookout. Lupines blooming everywhere, trail was easy to navigate and took less time than I imagined with a pack. There's also a spring just off the cutoff to the loop trail of Columbia mtn, if you were hiking farther on the kettle crest trail and needed to fill up.

hiking
10 months ago

one of our favorite hikes in the area. Once you get away from the highway it's so quiet and peaceful. Tons of cool mushrooms and wildflowers in late July. Fairly easy hike with only a couple short steeper sections. No issues with footing or overgrowth. We had a snowshoe hare come up to us hand around a while.

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bugs
over grown
10 months ago

This trail along the side of the lake used to have a rope swing you could use, but because of a mistake the management made regarding the water levels in the lake, the whole area was at least 7-8 feet lower than normal. The hike has you traverse past a burning area of forest, now coming back to life. It allows for plants that I've never seen to start growing there. On the south side of the trail just off the path is a boarded up mine with danger signs, and if you're particularly keen, you can smell pack rats nests down inside. There's a lot to this trail, but come prepared! It is recommended to start on the north end of the lake, and get picked up on the south end. If you're camping nearby, don't pass up the opportunity to hike this.

Beautiful flowers

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