Kettle Crest Trail & Sherman Peak


Backpack - Kettle Crest Trail

Open, ridge-top hike in Eastern Washington. Amazing views, flowers and wildlife. Enjoy the best of the North and South Kettle Crest Trail sections.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 50.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 8,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,140 ft
  • Pace: 2-2.5 MPH

Location:  Those that what to carpool can meet at my home in West Seattle, 7:00 AM Wednesday morning.  Can arrange other pick up spots that are along travel route.  There is a 6+ hour drive to the trailhead.  Meet at the trailhead approximately 3:00.

The trail doesn't look hard or particularly steep.  The challenge is the five-days on the trail and the long drive to get there.  Leader's permission is required.  Participants need to have completed at least one two night or longer trip in the  past year and show that they have completed activities this current year that demonstrate conditioning sufficient for this trip.  I will provide more trip details as we get closer.  Please look into the trip and trip reports on to get an idea of what the trip should be like.  This will be a great, extended wilderness experience. 

Preliminary Itinerary:

Day 1:  Leave Seattle Area 7:00 AM.  Those wanting to carpool with me.  I be driving over the North Cascade Hwy with brief stops at the Diablo Lake and Washington Pass lookouts.  Arrive at Shermon Pass TH at about 3:00PM

Hike with packs  South on Kettle Crest  Trail 4 miles, set up camp at Snow Peak Cabin campsite (2 nights), optional evening hike up Snow Peak.

Day 2:  Day hike 13 miles RT further south to White Mtn and back

Day 3: Hike with packs 4 miles back to Sherman Pass, swap-out trash for next two days of supplies, and proceed 6.8 miles further north of to a campsite north of Jungle Mountain.  10.8 miles total. Two nights at Jungle Camp.

Day 4:  Day hike north from camp to Copper Peak (10 miles RT), Midnight Peak, (14 miles RT) or Lambert Peak (16 Miles RT).  We'll go as far north as we feel like and spend second night back at Jungle Camp.

Day 5:  Pack-up and head 6.8 miles back to Sherman Pass TH, with side trip w/o pack to Columbia Mountain, maybe 1-2 miles extra.  Head back home around Noon.

Those wanting to carpool with me I will be driving back over Stevens Pass or I-90.  Plan on stopping for 1/2 hour to pick cherries in Wenatchee.


Kettle Crest Trail & Sherman Peak

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent 
  • **Trekking poles**
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper  or blue bag to deal with waste

optional: microspikes, bonoculars

Trip Reports