Kettle Crest Trailhead Temporarily Closed for Forest Health Improvement Work

Kettle Crest Trailhead Temporarily Closed for Forest Health Improvement Work


Colville, Wash. (September 7, 2018) – The Kettle Crest Trailhead is temporarily closed while crews conduct forest health improvement work. The trailhead will be closed from September 7, 2018 - until crews complete that phase of the work. The anticipated date of reopening the trailhead is September 17, 2018. 

Visitors traveling the Sherman Pass Scenic Byway (Highway 20) over the past decade have likely noticed more dead and dying trees along the roadside. These dead and dying trees pose a safety risk to the highway and an increased risk of fire near the power transmission lines for the city of Republic. To address this issue, crews will be working along the roadside (Highway 20) over the next several years to improve forest health, and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire while providing economic benefits to local economies.

As we have just witnessed with our last fire season, northeast Washington must prepare our forests to help reduce the severity of wildfires, and while this work may change the appearance of the forest near the roadside, this work must be done. This important work to thin the forest of dead and dying trees can look harsh and destructive at first, but once the initial thinning is done, additional work will be completed to return the area to a more natural and healthy looking landscape.

Temporary Closures:

  • Kettle Crest Trail #13 North – first ½ mile from the trailhead – Will reopen once work is completed at the trailhead.
  • Sherman Pass Tie Trail  #96 (Sherman Overlook Campground to the Kettle Crest Trailhead) - Closed for the remainder of the season.
  • Sherman Pass Trail #82 (Jungle Hill Trailhead to the Kettle Crest Trailhead) - Closed for the remainder of the season.

For more information on this project, please visit the following link: https://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46003 or contact the Three Rivers Ranger Station at (509) 738-7700.

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