Explore the most popular hiking trails near Republic with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

trail running
15 days ago

Great little trail. Views are amazing. My gps put it at 6.3 miles round trip. There is a switch back about 2 miles in were there is a tiny lake the trail bypasses. Look for it its really beautiful:)

Great views and a wonderful walking through Northeastern Washington’s Kettle Range. The path around Sherman Peak is currently free of snow, except for one small patch on the SW side of the mountain. Conditions were great!

NOTE: Distance measured by my GPS from parking lot was 6.25 miles RT. I’ve seen guidebooks say anything from 5.3 to 6.0. Not sure why the description on this says 3.4.

Great hike with nice views from the top. We hiked through a tad of snow near the top, but overall trail conditions were great. The fs road to the trail is also in great condition, my little focus handled it just fine!

Access to the trail can be difficult due to blown down trees but any trees preventing access were cleared out. The trail had a few down trees to traverse and melting snow was an obstacle in the upper portions of the hike.

Bugs were a common annoyance. There were a couple ladybug nests on the summit and we spotted a moose on the drive off the trail.

This is the county high point for Ferry Washington and so the views from the top were good all around. I was able to see the Selkirk range to the east.

backpacking
1 month ago

This is a great trail for out and back over night. It has a lot of elevation gain with a amazing vista views. You will be out is the wild with this trail! We saw a cinnamon bear, several snakes, and lots of fresh elk scat! Beware of swarming pine mosquitoes and dog ticks around the water holes. We did have lots of water in spring creeks every several miles. I don't believe they will be running later in the summer. We did climb over 3900 feet in the the first 11 miles before turning around. The best camp ground is located at the Thirteenmile road crossing.

Views are on - nice clean trail --

trail running
11 months ago

Really fun and rad lil loop. Solid trail, technical, a few springs that you can refill. It's absolutely worth a quick 5 mile hike or run.

trail running
11 months ago

This is a really fun and taxing run. I've done it 3 times, saw some cows once. Lots of critters. Didn't see any snakes but saw plenty of evidence of large animals. Overall this is a great trail with a good range of views and conditions. There's water(a creek) at the trailhead so load up before you start.

backpacking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I went up the Jungle Hill side at the end of May. It is a horse trail. There is one sign that says trailhead up past the logging staging area, but that is not the trailhead. The camping area and the real trailhead is a little farther up the road. There is a decent sized creek crossing less than a quarter mile from the start. This year there has been significant snow melt so the creek was swollen. Taking shoes/socks off and crossing alone with a large pack is not for the faint of heart. Of course if its a hot day maybe you wouldn't mind the splash, but there just is not anything to keep you from falling but your own tenacity and balancing. After that is the real "Jungle Hill". I really enjoyed the constant supply of edible flowers and medicinal herbs along this trail. That is what would bring me back, along with the very interesting variety of ecosystems. I saw woodland flowers I see on Mt. Hood, orchids, nettles, and even succulants, but also saw higher elevation/dry area type plants like bluebells and sagebrush. I saw on several occasions sign of cougar, deer, and elk. No bear sign. I believe I had deer going by my tent both nights I was there.

About the trail - It needs to be maintained. Usually I don't care if a trail has blowdown trees or obstructions all over the place, which this trail does. There IS one section, however, where several trees had fallen over a switchback, causing horseback riders to cut back before the turn and go up to the unobstructed part of the trail. There are actually a lot of spots like that. But one spot in particular, the ground has been churned up so much, if there was a large sustaining rainstorm, it would turn that whole area into a large mudslide and destroy any remaining terrain in its path. I really do hope some trailworkers get up there and at least attend to that one spot.

At the top, the trail wound around both sides of Jungle Hill, showing you two beautiful vistas. I'm pretty sure you can see Montana from the east side view. Where the trail met up with Kettle Creek trail, it was all covered in snow. I had not been up this trail before and did not see any boot/horseshoe prints in the snow either. I had no way of knowing what the rest of the trail was like, if I might lose it in the snow the next day, so I stayed there that night and just went back down Jungle Hill the next day. I also did not see anyone else the whole time I was there, so that was another reason why I didn't risk it.

Funny thing though, at the top there, I had good reception and even 4g on my cellular, which was nice, just in case of any emergency. Go figure. Verizon.

Decent, interesting, fun trail. I would probably do it again and take someone with me!

backpacking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I really enjoyed this hike, though not necessarily for reasons that others would. First, I was overjoyed to have the entire area to myself. I saw only one other party while I was out, which was exactly what I needed. Second, it was open when most of the trails i wanted to do are still snowed in. The terrain was pretty, but not spectacular. There were small streams every couple miles, but I wouldn't be surprised if they dried up later in the season. The trail was faint in places, but nothing horrible. Overall, a very pleasant overnight trip.

Monday, April 03, 2017

This is an awesome trail, we did it last April or so and it was a lot longer than 3 miles, I think it was something like 8-10, after the initial climb up, it is a relatively flat circle with amazing views of valleys on both sides. Amazing hike.

snowshoeing
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

beautiful and we'll maintained. love this hike, I've done it winter and fall....I need to do a spring hike.

trail running
Saturday, August 13, 2016

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.

hiking
Saturday, August 11, 2012

Great views, worth the drive and there are tons more trails in the area that you will want to go on. Plan for an all day event with this hike...

on Copper Butte Trail

hiking
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Nice climb that gains around 1500 feet in elevation to get to the top of Copper Butte (highest peak in Ferry County). Started from the Old Stage Trailhead on Albion Hill Road, then joined Kettle Crest Trail #13 and went south to the summit. It starts out double-track and quite gradual, then at Trail #13 you start to go up single track with a couple of switchbacks that are a bit steeper. Beautiful views of the Kettle mountains and other mountains in the distance in all directions (once you reach the summit). The trail has burned-out trees that often fall over the trail, but they are usually removed. The burned out area is teeming with new tree life, and lots of blue lupine flowers when we were there.

hiking
Sunday, July 11, 2010

The trail switchbacks through heavily forested slopes until you reach an area that burned in 1988. Over 20,000 acres were burned when a lightning caused fire engulfed White Mountain and Sherman Peak. From Sherman Peak you will have anexcellent view of the entire Kettle Range.

hiking
Sunday, July 11, 2010

This picturesque trail has views of mountain peaks and the slow moving Columbia River. To do the entire trail takes two days but there are camping spots along the way and you will need to bring plenty of water.

Friday, July 14, 2017

trail running
Friday, August 12, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016