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SNOW PEAK CABIN, WA

part ofColville National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: SNOW PEAK CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Snow Peak Cabin is located high in the mountains of northeastern Washington state. It provides a year-round base camp from which guests can access thousands of acres of back country for skiing, hunting and exploration. Depending on the season, guests may also choose to enjoy the extensive system of quality mountain bike, horse and hiking trails that connect with the cabin.

The cabin is not accessible by vehicle. The winter route begins at the Kettle Crest Trailhead and has a one-way distance of approximately five miles for skiers and snowshoers. Hikers, bikers and horseback riders can access the cabin in the summer and fall via the 3-mile Snow Peak Trailhead. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits at an elevation of 6,400 feet, on a ridge in the Kettle Mountain Range in the Colville National Forest. It was built through the cooperative efforts of the Snow Peak Shelter Alliance and the Colville National Forest. Construction took nearly three years and was completed in 1995. Views from the cabin stretch from the Cascades to the mountains of Canada and northern Idaho.

The Kettle Range encompasses an area of 2,700 miles. The range runs north to south, bordered on the east by the Kettle River and the Columbia River, and on the west by the Kettle River, the Curlew Valley and the Sanpoil River. Wildlife in the area include hawks, bear and cougars.

Recreation:

In addition to camping, visitors to the area enjoy hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding on a variety of trails in the area. The Snow Peak Trail No. 10, Kettle Crest South Trail No. 13, Sherman Loop Trail No. 72 and Edds Mountain Trail No. 3 can all be accessed from the cabin. Climbing, snowshoeing and skiing in the area are also popular.

Visitors also enjoy the area for hunting during open seasons, as the open mountain meadows throughout the area entice a variety of wildlife. The cabin is in a remote location and guests are advised to carry a topographic map of the area and a compass when leaving the cabin at any time.

Facilities:

The one-room 17-by-19 cabin has cots and foam pads to accommodate up to four people. It is also equipped with a propane cook stove, a table, basic cookware and cutlery, and a wood stove for heat. Solar-powered lighting and and outhouse are provided.

The cabin has an outside rock fire ring. Firewood is provided, but guests must split their own wood with an axe and tools that are provided. Horse corrals are also available at the cabin for equestrian campers.

Guests must bring their own water for drinking, cooking and cleaning purposes. Sleeping bags, toilet paper, garbage bags and food are also not provided. Cell phone service is not available in the area.

Nearby Attractions:

The cabin is not far from the Sherman Pass Scenic Byway. The popular highway runs 18 miles east from the town of Republic, and through the center of the Kettle Range. It reaches its highest point, 5,575 feet, at Sherman Pass, the highest mountain pass open year-round in Washington state.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Archery
  • Axe
  • Backpacking
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cot(s)
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Firewood
  • Hiking
  • Hitching Racks
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Mattress Pad(s)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pit Toilets
  • Propane
  • Propane Stove
  • Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailhead Parking
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Cross Country Skiing
Within 10 Miles
  • Fishing
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic Drive
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • The cabin is not accessible by vehicle; guests must hike, bike, horseback ride, ski, or snowshoe between three and five miles depending on the route and time of the year
  • A Sno-Park Permit is required to park at the trailhead from Dec. 1 to April 30
  • There is no water on-site; guests must bring plenty of water for drinking, cooking and cleaning
  • Bears frequent the area; use appropriate containers for food and garbage
  • Smoking is not allowed in the cabin
  • Pets, horses and stock animals are welcome
  • Learn more about the Colville National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.57361, -118.48917
48°34'25"N, 118°29'21"W

Winter access: From Republic, travel east on State Highway 20 to the Kettle Crest Trailhead located on top of Sherman Pass. Follow the Kettle Crest Trail No. 13 south for one mile, to the junction of the Sherman Loop Trail No. 72. Continue around the west side of Sherman Peak, to Kettle Crest Trail No. 13. Continue south on the trail to the cabin. Approximate distance for one-way travel is five miles.

Summer and fall access: In addition to the above route, the cabin may be reached via County Road 99 (Hall Creek Road). From State Highway 20, turn south on County Road 99 (turn left if traveling from Kettle Falls/turn right from Republic). Travel south for approximately three miles and then turn left onto Forest Road 2050100. Continue east along the road for 4.5 miles until you reach the Snow Peak Trailhead. Follow the trail east for approximately 2.7 miles, to its junction with Kettle Crest Trail No. 13. Turn right and continue south for about a half-mile to the cabin. The approximate distance is 3.2 miles each way.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SNOW PEAK CABIN
650 East Delaware Avenue
Republic  WA  99166

Phone Number:

Information:  (509)775-7400
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