From Evergreen Trail Guide
Kettle Fest 2011
Another year of epic riding, we're happy to continue what has become an annual tradition. Members of Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, Fat Tire Trail Riders Club, and South West Idaho Mountain Bike Association, WMBC, Pend Oreille Pedallers converge to enjoy, 5 days of camping, riding, stewardship, and fellowship. Set in the pristine Kettle Range, surrounded by a variety of sub-alpine ecosystems. Solitude, clean air, and top-shelf singletrack riding await. We're set again to hold a work party under the supervision of Dave Lent, and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance trail crew team. Riders from across a vast region will converge, where we can make new friends in a relaxed campout atmosphere and actively chip in a little to help the trails out.
|Read each ride description carefully to determine if your fitness level is appropriate for each ride. On most rides we will be splitting into groups with a wide range of pace and length of ride. All options require an intermediate skill and good fitness level as there are many singletrack climbs, technical trail sections, with an altitude averaging 5000'. You are advised to bring a radio, we will be using channel 5.5. No riders who stay within the group are left behind, riders who choose to leave the group must personally inform a ride leader. Ride start times will be set for 10 a.m. each morning, but are subject to change, if you are coming in for an individual ride or just the work party it is recommended you show up at Jungle Hill Camp over an hour early to ensure you make the group.|
Wednesday August 10 SNOW PEAK CABIN
STARTING FROM JUNGLE HILL CAMPGROUND Kettle Crest South starting at Sherman Pass, to Snow Peak Cabin to Barnaby Buttes
20 plus miles 2500' climb 3500' descent. Optional shuttle pickup from Jungle Hill Campsite, there will be a shorter ride, that will do the trail as an out and back splitting off with the main group, turning back at Snow Peak Cabin. An advanced group that will start from Jungle Hill camp, and continue towards and possibly up to Barnaby Buttes.
The landscape of the Kettle Crest South is very picturesque. The 1988 White Mtn. Fire burnt 20,000 acres on either side of the trail. Smooth singletrack in wooded areas, exposed rocky suspension challenging technical, and awe inspiring views of wildflower meadows and rolling hills.
Thursday August 11 Kettle Crest North Epic Ride
STARTING FROM JUNGLE HILL CAMPGROUND
There will be several options for people on this ride. Most people will start on Old Stagecoach where it is an easy 500 ft climb up to the Kettle Crest trail. For those looking for an even longer ride we might be able to start further north on the Kettle Crest trail (details TBA). From where Old Stagecoach hits the Kettle Crest there is a hike-a-bike up to the top of Copper Butte followed by several long climbs and descents to reach Jungle Hill. At Jungle Hill people will have the easier option to take the Jungle Hill trail down to the Campground or the longer option to continue along the Kettle Crest and down Sherman Tie to end at the campground.
Saturday August 13 JUNGLE HILL LOOP
STARTING FROM JUNGLE HILL CAMPGROUND Sherman Tie to Kettle Crest North descending down Jungle Hill. Along the way we climb up and do a quick Columbia Mt. loop.
18 miles 3000 +/- cumulative elevation. Shuttle option for some to shave 4 miles and 1000 feet elevation climb. Ride starts at Jungle Hill/Sherman Tie Trailhead. Less than 2 miles down from Sherman Pass take a left on Albian Hill Rd#2030. Follow road for .6 miles to the sign at the edge of the gravel pit. From there go .2 miles to the campsite area, super easy to find.
A nice climb thru wooded forest. Beautiful vistas, and a variety of subalpine ecosystems. Wild flowers are abundant. A dip down, then another challenging climb up to Jungle Hill. Followed by a ripping descent thru open areas followed by switchbacks down to finish the loop. The Shangri-La of bike trails?
Sunday August 14 MIDNIGHT RIDGE
STARTING FROM JUNGLE HILL CAMPGROUND WITH A DRIVE OVER TO THE TRAILHEAD AT MIDNIGHT RIDGE
10+ miles and around 2500 ft of climbing.
This ride will start by climbing the Midnight Ridge trail (in past years we've climbed Old Stagecoach) and do a short out and back along the Kettle Crest trail where there is an abundance of amazing views. The finish will be on the Midnight Ridge trail (an awesome 16 minute descent).
August 12, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance Trail Crew Team will be working with Forest Service Recreation Specialist Dave Lent. They will set up a work party to be determined and we'll spend a day leaving the mountains in better shape then how we found it.
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Directions to Campout
Jungle Hill Campground
Inbetween the small towns of Republic and Kettle Falls, less than 2 miles NE of Sherman Pass on Highway 20. Head North on Albian Hill Rd#2030. Follow road for .6 miles to the sign at the edge of the gravel pit. From there go .2 miles to the campsite area, super easy to find. Will plant a sign at Albian, as well as at the Campground road. The campground provides a single bathroom, fire pits, and tables. Water is accessible from a creek but requires treatment. Supplies can be replenished from stores in or near the towns of Republic, and Kettle Falls. Colville is the largest town and is about a half hour drive from camp.
Recommended Route From Seattle (This most scenic route is Hank the Horse recommended and approved)
- 90 East
- Exit 151 to 283 (Ephrata)
- @ Soap Lake take 17 North
- Head East on 2 Past Coulee City, Stay left on 155 North to Grand Coulee
- Past the Dam and into Reservation take right onto Nez Perce St. which turns into Cache Creek Cutoff
- at T take right on Cache Creek Rd heading East
- At T take left on 21 heading North to Republic