Kettle Crest North National Recreation #13

Area Status: Open

A popular 30.2 mile trail for backpacking, hiking, and horseback riding. Grassy meadows, summer wildflowers, more difficult back country skiing, high peaks and impressive views. This trail is part of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.

This is the main trail along the backbone of the Kettle Range.  Many trails access it along the route including:

Many options exist for linking trails for a variety of routes and challenges.

At a Glance

Fees: Washington State Sno-Park Permit required Dec 1 to March 31. No passses required outside that time.
Closest Towns:
  • 17 miles from Republic, WA
  • 26 miles from Kettle Falls, WA
Information Center: Trail Map provided by

General Information


Access #1: Use Kettle Crest Trailhead (area is unavailable)

Access #2: Use Deer Creek Summit South Trailhead / Sno-park 


Mountain Biking

  • This is a popular challenging mountain bike ride.
  • Many options for side trails.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Day Hiking


  • This trail is a popular 3 day hike with outstanding views.
  • It is also part of the Pacific Northwest National Recreation Trail.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Horse Camping

Horse Riding

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



  Area/Length : 
30.24 miles

  Elevation : 
4,600 ft. - 5,600 ft.