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Will it be the last time to camp and ride here? If the enviro"mental"ists have their way over 110 miles of singletrack will be closed to mt. biking. Still a chance to keep this piece of bikey heaven open though. Bring a load of people over to share in the Kettle goodness, cuz mountain trail riding is all about sharing the goods.

This area for mt. biking can hold up to any area period. And since it's just not known about and has flied under the radar will it be lost to the bleached out anti mt. biking restriction of Wilderness Designation?

Kettle Crest is tucked away in the far Northeast corner of Washington State. 5 hours away from Seattle, and 2 hours away from Spokane. Most people West of the Cascades believe Eastern Washington to be dry, arid, with rolling grassy hills and no trees.

Welp i set up camp and as far as i could see, there were do dry, arid, rolling hills to be found.



i led 3 consecutive rides for the local bikey club BBTC and FTTRC (Spokane). 15 people showed up and all were super stoked and had a great time.
Unfortunately i forgot my camera for the first ride. (the most scenic one too...) Something to share for next year when i return i suppose...

Ride 2 Jungle Hill Loop

"Mah horse Hank is uh guuuuud horse!!!"

The crew split for second ride day on the 2nd. It appears as if the hick horsemen got too drunk and started scrappin by their campfire. i camped away from the main campground so i slept soundly, unaware of the tussle. So many people tired from the ruckus, took advantage of a shuttle on up to Sherman Pass, skipping 4 miles and 1000 feet of vert. Ride tally is an 18 miler with well over 3000 cumulative elevation.

A little lollipop loop offshoot we ride on a stretch of awesome descent on the Columbia Trail which meanders around Columbia Mt.



Yet another beauty shot on Columbia with Sherman Peak in the background. The first days ride went around Sherman Peak and further south past 2 more mountains.



Jerome on Kettle Crest North. He's on a work visa here from Paris, and it was cool being able to show him some awesome trails. He stated that this was the best riding he's ever ridden, so as a ride leader that's extremely satisfying to hear.



Suffering thru 4 flats this ride, it takes fortitude and patience for the rider not to throw his rims off a cliff. As well as having a group with alot of tubes. No flats for Ethan on this techy spin up some rocks.



All the descents this weekend were superb, including this small jaunt down to the saddle on our way up to Jungle Hill. Leanin into the switchback....



The beginning of a worthy descent. Jungle Hill Trail will hold up to any descending trail anywhere, pure gold.



Restin by the campfire tellin tall tales.:)



Ride 3 Old Stage Coach Loop



This loop consisted of riding the old Highway up to the Kettle Crest Trail where we quickly dump off a drainage cruising at ludicrous speed down Midnight Ridge. Again another daisy of a descent, then a climb up the mostly doubletrack grassy trail. We lucked out too since we ran into the contracters who were clearing the trail of blowdown. After a little shmoozing they were kind enough to clear the trail of a half mile of clutter for us while we were busy riding.

Kettle Crest North with Copper Butte in the background. Sitting at 7135 feet, it's the highest peak in the range that the Kettle Crest Trail passes by. (The Kettle Crest Trail runs for 45.5 miles along this mountain range)



Midnight Ridge, racing thru the remnants of the 1988 Copper Butte fire.



Past the new growth and burnt trees from decades old fire into some dark forest, then out into the sun and wildflower riddled meadows.



It's all about having fun.



Chelsea who made the first Kettle ride and who's going to be an active representative in keeping these trails open for us.



By the time we completed the loop the thunderstorms had rolled in. Near a long climb up the Stage Coach trail we passed by the trail workers tent. Huddled inside with their doggy i made sure to thank them for clearing the trail. It was appreciated they took the time to double back and make the final ascent log free. It made a big difference especially for me since i was exhausted by that point.



Group shot at Jungle Hill Trailhead.

Was good times, i'm proud that i was able to share. i got super positive feedback from all the people. Comments that this area reminded them of the Sierras in California. Comments from riders that the downhill is among the best in the state. i'm not touting this trail just to thump my chest that i've ridden somewhere cool. No i'm pluggin this ride because i love this area, it's my home away from home since my reservation is a stones throw away. And it's a place where you can ride a mt. bike for miles and carry away with you treasured memories. i can't think of another place i'd want to ride more in the month of July. And it's a place that may be lost before it's found.

 

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Nice....

Looks cool Tim. A buddy and almost did a trip there a few years back, shoulda gone for it. What maps are you using?

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Monte, you can get good enough ones off the ranger district website there. Those were the ones I printed out and they worked fine.

Yes, go. Just go. It's a part of WA that is just begging for riding and the terrain and quality of trail is top shelf. Comparable to Sun Valley, Whistler, Bend, Colorado, etc. I can't wait to get back. we have our eye on the big ride which "wraps up" with the 16.5 mile down on 13 mile dopping 3K on just the last stretch.

It's big country and I can't thank Tim enough for dragging me there. The Sherman-Columbia-Jungle Hill loop was just plain perfect. Steady climbing, great views, very well built trail, and, a big descent right back to my cooler and an ice cold beer. Perfect.

Getting someplace "new" before Gearz was just icing on the cake. :thumbsup:
 

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Borneo said:
Getting someplace "new" before Gearz was just icing on the cake. :thumbsup:
There have been ride reports from this area already, so is it really "new"? ;)

Yeah, I gotta go, it looks awesome. Hella drive though, for a weekend.

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Monte said:
There have been ride reports from this area already, so is it really "new"? ;)
New to you and Gearzy. That's all that matters....:yesnod:
 

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hawaii86 said:
Awesome trip. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Definitely will be back next year.
Thanks for organizing an awesome getaway.
Sherry
Hey Sherry glad to hear you had a great trip.
See ya next year.:)
 

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Skooks....thanks for sharing the stoke!!!

Man, that area looks really awesome. If it's open next year, I'm in for sure. Other events have got us bogged down this summer. Woe is me..... :D

On that note, aren't you planning to lead a St. Helens weekend in mid-September? ;) I'm sure I heard about you doing something along those lines, right Skooks?!? :thumbsup: :D

Cheers,
EB
 

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Borneo said:
Getting someplace "new" before Gearz was just icing on the cake. :thumbsup:
The way I see it the score is: gearz ------------ n+1 :D
Borneo ---------- 1 :eek:

I'll be another one ahead after Sunday if everything goes right....... We might even see you and your crew on Esmeralda but I'm sure you'll be done before we roll through late in the day. Man that ride sure filled up fast! We're going for 8 D's on Sunday.
 

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Monte, you can get good enough ones off the ranger district website there. Those were the ones I printed out and they worked fine.

Yes, go. Just go. It's a part of WA that is just begging for riding and the terrain and quality of trail is top shelf. Comparable to Sun Valley, Whistler, Bend, Colorado, etc. I can't wait to get back. we have our eye on the big ride which "wraps up" with the 16.5 mile down on 13 mile dopping 3K on just the last stretch.

It's big country and I can't thank Tim enough for dragging me there. The Sherman-Columbia-Jungle Hill loop was just plain perfect. Steady climbing, great views, very well built trail, and, a big descent right back to my cooler and an ice cold beer. Perfect.

Getting someplace "new" before Gearz was just icing on the cake. :thumbsup:
I'll be there, this fall I hope. It's always looked worthy of a road trip.

Monte
 
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