Sherman Pass/Snow Peak Cabin, CC, DH-2/3
Shelly Urlacher, firstname.lastname@example.org, 509-531-3375
The Kettle Mountains and the surrounding area is gorgeous and uncrowded. My first choice is to camp at the Sherman Pass campground, 2nd choice Hall Creek Road, Other primitive choices are Jungle Hill trail head and Wapaloosie trail head all have pit toilets and no water. These are all first come first serve campgrounds, there are no reservations in the area. The Ranger said these are seldom full except for maybe holidays. Several hiking opportunities start from Sherman Pass (Kettle Crest Trail) or nearby.
At the top of my list is hiking Sherman Peak loop on Friday after we set up camp and eat lunch. 6 miles rt 1200 ft elevation gain with optional easy scramble to the top. Saturday the plan is to hike to Snow peak cabin, 6 miles round-trip 1275 feet elevation gain, Day use is permitted if the cabin is not occupied. There is a pit toilet by the cabin. We can hang out or scramble up Snow peak or Edds mountain to extend the hike. Sunday morning we will pack up early and hike Copper Butte via Old Stage Trail, 6 miles round-trip 1,615 feet elevation gain. Starting at 5,500 ft this is one of the highest trail heads in the Kettles. Drive home after the hike.
Transportation cost is $45 to your driver, if you carpool with family or close friends. Otherwise you will be in charge of your own transportation depending on the CDC rules at the time of the hike.
Sign up by Monday, May31, 8pm. Northwest Forest Pass is required. Group size limit is 10.
The Snow Peak Cabin is rented six months in advance now. So I will try for it for 2022. Bring several gallons of water, ten essentials and camping gear.