Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ski, snowshoe, hike, mountain bike, or ride a horse high into the backcountry and spend the night at a remote cabin? If so, we may have the opportunity for you! Snow Peak Cabin sits high on a ridge in the middle of the Okanogan Highlands. At an elevation of 6,400 feet, views from the Cabin stretch from the Cascades to the mountains of Canada and northern Idaho.
Snow Peak Cabin offers a unique, year-round lodging opportunity, providing guests with a comfortable base camp from which they can access thousands of acres of backcountry for skiing, hunting and exploring. Depending on the season of use, guests may also choose to enjoy the extensive system of quality mountain bike, horse and hiking trails that connect with the Cabin.
Snow Peak Cabin is a small, rustic log cabin measuring 17 feet by 19 feet and is designed to sleep six people. It is equipped with a wood stove, table, sleeping cots, propane cook stove, and solar lighting. An outhouse and horse corrals are provided nearby. Firewood is provided, but must be chopped by the guest. An outdoor rock fire ring allows guests to view the night sky (no light pollution up here) while enjoying the warmth of a small evening campfire in the outdoor rock fire ring. The front porch is a great spot to sit down and enjoy the beauty of a quiet sunrise or sunset.
Snow Peak Cabin 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. The Snow Peak Shelter Alliance consisted of volunteers from the Colville Outdoor Club, Kettle Range Ski Club, Kettle Ridge Riders Back Country Horsemen, and the Inland Empire Back Country Horsemen.
Things To Do:
- Mountain biking
- Horse riding
- Access Trails
- Beds & Foam Pads
- Broom & Dust Pan
- Camping Backcountry
- Coleman Lantern
- Coleman Stove
- Fire Extinguisher
- Fire Ring
- Hitching Rails
- Horse Corrals
- No cell service
- No potable water
- Pit Toilet
- Pots & Pans
- Solar & Battery Lights
- Table & Chairs
- Wood Stove
- Backpack Overnight Trails
- Berry Picking
- Bird Watching
- Downhill Skiing
- Flower Viewing
- Hiking Trails/Off-trail Hiking
- Horseback Riding
- Mountain Bike Trails
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Views
- Primitive Camping
- Skiing – Downhill
- Star Gazing
- Wildflower viewing
- Wildlife Viewing
A Washington State Sno Park permit is required to park at the Kettle Crest Trailhead from December 1st through April 30th. Permit information can be obtained by contacting the: Winter Recreation Program, c/o Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, 1111 Israel Road S.W., P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650. By phone at 360-902-8844
Individuals travelling to the Snow Peak Cabin during the winter months should carry a topographic map of the area, a compass, and possess good backcountry navigation skills as the trail to the cabin is not always apparent and winter storms can sweep in quickly, turning a sunny blue sky day into white-out conditions over a very short period of time.
The shelter is made entirely of wood, so please keep the door to the heating stove closed except when adding wood. Do not place hot or burning material (ash) on the floor or porch. Use extra caution when using candles or non-battery powered lanterns. A fire alarm is located in the cabin for your safety. Please do not remove the battery or tamper with the alarm.
Make sure the propane stove and lantern are off when you are done using them. Please minimize their use to conserve fuel and protect the quality of the air within the cabin. A carbon monoxide detector is located in the Cabin for your safety. Again, please do not remove the battery or tamper with the alarm. If the alarm goes off, exit the cabin and open the doors and windows to allow fresh air into the Cabin.
To avoid damaging the wood floor, please do not split or stack wood inside the Cabin. Since providing wood to the Cabin is very labor intensive, please use the wood provided conservatively (let the fire burn out when you are away for the day) and leave some wood chopped and ready to be used by the next guest.
Please do not leave food in the Cabin to limit attractants for rodents. Please sweep out the cabin floor when you leave.
Snow Peak Cabin (WA)
850 East Delaware Avenue
Republic WA 99166
Phone Park for More Information (509)775-7400
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Winter Access: Travel via State Highway 20 east from Republic, WA, or west from Kettle Falls, WA, to the Kettle Crest Trailhead located on top of Sherman Pass. Follow the Kettle Crest Trail #13 south one mile to the junction of the Sherman Loop Trail #72. Follow the Sherman Loop Trail around the west side of Sherman Peak to the junction of the Kettle Crest Trail #13. Continue south on the Kettle Crest Trail #13 until you reach the Cabin. Approximate distance one-way 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 you are travelling from Kettle Falls, turn right if you are travelling from Republic), the Hall Creek Road. Travel south on Hall Creek Road for approximately two miles and then turn left onto Forest Road 2050100. Travel east on Forest Road 2050100 for approximately four miles until you reach the Snow Peak Trailhead. Follow the Snow Peak Trail #10 east for approximately 2.7 miles to its junction with the Kettle Crest Trail #13. Turn right on the Kettle Crest Trail #13 and continue south for approximately 1/2 mile until you reach the Cabin.
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