Kettle Fest 2014

This July 9-13 come join Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance for 5 days of riding and camping at Kettle Crest! Enjoy some of Washington’s best singletrack in a remote, alpine setting. In an annual tradition, riders from all across the region including Seattle, Spokane, Boise and B.C. converge to hang out, experience awesome trails and give back to area with a day devoted to trail work. Most of the rides have a healthy dose of climbing but there are lots of great ride options so come join us for another awesome year at Kettle Crest!

 

Directions: In between the small towns of Republic and Kettle Falls, less than 2 miles East of Sherman Pass on Highway 20. Turn off the highway North on Albian Hill Rd #2030. Follow the road for .6 miles to the sign at the edge of the gravel pit. From there stay left and go .2 miles to the campsite area. The campground provides a single bathroom, fire pits, and tables. Water is accessible from a creek but requires treatment. For more info contact peter at evergreeneast.org

 

Note: Rides start around 10am so you’ll want to be there by 9:30am if you’re showing up in the morning.

 

Here’s the scoop on the rides for this year:

Wednesday July 9: Old Stage /Kettle Crest
Easy Option: 7-10 miles, 800-1200 ft climbing/descending
Hard Option: 23.5 miles, 3800 ft climbing/descending

 

The ride starts off with an easy climb up to the Kettle Crest trail. Once on the Kettle Crest the trail opens up with amazing views while gaining and losing elevation in small spurts. For riders who want to continue with the hard option, we will then ride down Stickpin: a fun descent which we did trail work on last year. From the bottom of Stickpin it’s a steep climb up Ryan’s Cabin to connect back onto the Kettle Crest and head back to the starting point.

Kettle Crest - Old Stage

Relaxing after climbing up Old Stage to connect with the Kettle Crest trail.

Thursday July 10: Kettle Crest North / Taylor Ridge
Easier Option: 20 miles, 2840 ft climbing, 5266 ft descending
Hard Option: 50 miles, oodles of climbing

 

For the “easier” ride we shuttle up to Deer Creek Summit and start on the very northern end of the Kettle Crest trail. The ride starts off with a 1000ft climb through a lush forest and then drops quickly to the turnoff for Taylor Ridge. The trail is somewhat primitive in spots but there is plenty of downhill towards the end to give riders a happy ending. For those who are uber-masochistic, there will be an option to ride from the campground, climb up to the Kettle Crest and continue north about 26 miles along the Crest to the turnoff for Taylor Ridge.

dropping back down on the Kettle Crest trail after the first climb

dropping back down on the Kettle Crest trail after the first climb

Heading down one of the many descents on Taylor Ridge

Heading down one of the many descents on Taylor Ridge

After finishing, most riders opt to cool down by going for a swim in the Kettle River

After finishing, most riders opt to cool down by going for a swim in the Kettle River

Friday July 11: Work Party

Every year we work with the Forest Service to give back to the trails by devoting a day to trail work. It’s always good to come back the next year and see all the work that was accomplished the previous year. After the work party we usually head into town to enjoy good food and beer. This year we will be heading to the Republic Brewing Company!

The group after finishing work on Stickpin

The group after finishing work on Stickpin in 2013

Saturday July 12: Jungle Hill
Easy Option: 10 miles, 1300 ft climbing, 2500 ft descending
Medium Option: 14 miles, 2300 ft climbing, 3300 ft descending
Hard Option: 18 miles, 3600 ft climbing/descending

 

For the easy and medium options we shuttle up to the top of Sherman Pass and start up the Kettle Crest trail. The hard option starts from the campground with about 1300ft of climbing to get up to Sherman Pass. After climbing on the Kettle Crest there is an optional detour to Columbia Mountain which has an awesome 360 degree view. For the easy option, riders can turn around after Columbia Mountain and descend all the way back to the campground. Otherwise, riders will continue climbing and descending along the Kettle Crest until the top of Jungle Hill where the payoff awaits….

Climbing up to top of Columbia Mtn

Climbing up to top of Columbia Mountain

The awesome descent on Jungle Hill

The awesome descent on Jungle Hill

Sunday July 13: Kettle Crest South
Easy Option: 16 miles, 2200 ft climbing, 3400 ft descending
Hard Option: 26 miles, 4800 ft climbing, 6000 ft descending

 

For the easier ride we will shuttle up to Sherman pass to begin the ride on the Kettle Crest South trail. The trail climbs up and around Sherman Peak and then continues south to Snow Peak Cabin, a cool spot for lunch. From Snow Peak Cabin most riders choose to head back to Sherman Pass and then down the Sherman Tie Trail for another great descent to the campground. For those riders who are looking for a longer ride, there is an option to continue South from Snow Peak Cabin and climb up to the junction at Barnaby Buttes and then up to White Mountain before turning around.

climbing around Sherman Peak

riding around Sherman Peak

Kettle Crest South (with Snow Peak Cabin in the background)

Kettle Crest South (with Snow Peak Cabin in the background)

 

4 Responses so far.

  1. Tez says:

    Hello Evergreen East members, Who is headed up this week for the big festival? Tez

  2. Peter says:

    I’ll be up there the whole time! We have have group from Canada coming and a number of people from the West side.

  3. Brian says:

    Glad you guys are coming back this year. A group of local riders from the Republic area are going to try and join in. Any idea on ride times?

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