Miles of singletrack in the beautiful Kettle Mountains
Several rides on the Kettle Crest Trail
Excellent fireside meals
Tucked away in the Northeast corner of Washington, not far from the Canadian Border, is a mountain biking Shangri-La known as the Kettle Crest in the Colville National Forest.
The western half of Washington is usually associated with dry, arid terrain, but the Kettle Crest area is a bit of an exception. While it is certainly drier than it's Pacific Northwest neighbor, the area receives enough rain to produce a beautiful green landscape.
Highlighting this area is the Kettle Crest Trail itself, but we've assembled 5 days of riding that will give you a sampling of many other great trails in the area. The elevation here is mostly below 6000 feet, which is very manageable for most guests.
See the sample day-by-day trip itinerary for a comprehensive breakdown of the trails we expect to hit.
All lodging and transportation during the tour
All meals during the tour
Expertly guided rides each day
Meals and lodging before and after the tour
olic beverages (we will haul for you during the tour though)
Day by Day Itinerary
We'll meet everyone at the North Division Bicycle Shop in Spokane at 7:30am to load up and head out for the week. From Spokane we have a shuttle of a few hours to the Kettle Mountains and our first day's ride.
The ride starts with a spin up Old Stagecoach Trail. Half of the trail meanders through the site of the 2001 Leona fire, affording wide expanding vistas across the range. Tying into the Crest a short climb up and over to the Midnight Ridge Trail will afford you continued stunning views of the Lambert Creek drainage to the West. We now descend Midnight Ridge Trail, which is a perfect payoff with perfect grade for a super fun descent. You will roam down smooth fast track through stands of fir and old growth Lodgepole pine. The sky seems to open up as you transition multiple times out of forest and into wildflower riddled open fields. This stellar trail ride ends with a switchback descent back down to Lambert Creek for a coast and cooling splash through the water. Ride length approximately 15 miles.
Multiple climbs and multiple descents are the treat as this stretch of trail has everything a mountain biker could love. Beginning with a shuttle, this splendid dirt ribbon will still easily appease a rider who enjoys spinning up challenging climbs. For the rider who favors the easier side of gravity this ride will satisfy your deepest downhill desires. For the rider who appreciates both, this could be the best stretch of singletrack you have ever ridden, easily will earn consideration for top shelf ride experience of your life. The trail meanders atop the Kettle Range providing fabulous views of the Kettle Crest Mountains and Kettle River Valley. Springs provide a cooling wetland before a short climb across Profanity Peak down another joyous descent. Rocky challenging terrain, as well as a steep push up Ryan Hill will be an investment for the pure adrenaline rush that is Stickpin Trail. Dropping into from awe-inspiring vistas above the South Fork Boulder Creek drainage, you are quickly immersed in a thick dark timbered trail. A smooth quick rush of pure fun as you drop 2000 in less than 3 miles, a trail that will inspire high-fives across the group. A very pleasant easy rolling descent down South Fork Boulder Road will enable you time to reflect on the awesome journey you have took, and contemplate the greatness ahead. Ride length is approximately 30 miles.
First, a quick stopover of a short trail to some falls; followed by a drive up to the top of Thirteen Mile Mountain. Today's recovery ride will be minimal in climbing but still provide tremendous views, and quality singletrack. During your descent down a pleasant grade, you will be afforded spectacular views of the Sanpoil River Valley, while also sweeping through numerous drainages filled with old growth pine. You will feel like the first person to ever roll tires upon the trail on this isolated gem of a trail. We end on a challenging rocky stretch as you descend through a wondrous canyon where the tour guides speed you away to the second chapter of the days adventure. After a nice meal at Swan Lake you are treated to an easy spin around the lake. During the right time there is ample opportunity to pick juicy huckleberries or thimbleberries for an extra snack. There is plenty of time to take in the quaint lake views and ample opportunity to view wildlife with an abundance of small animals and waterfowl. Ride length is approximately 19 miles.
We start with a steady climb up a shaded forest of pine and fir with a few peek-a-boo views along the way. This is a warm up as you climb to Sherman Pass and resume your climb on Kettle Crest North. This stretch of well-groomed superb trail meanders through forest, open fields, and past rocky outcrops. A quick out and back lollipop loop around Columbia Mountain provides an exquisite stretch of rocky trail along breathtaking vistas. Along the saddle on the north side of the mountain lays a hidden rocky outcrop. There a meal can be enjoyed after scurrying up to take in panoramic views. On a clear day you can see the North Cascades, all the way into Canada, and across to the mountains in the Idaho Panhandle. And it keeps getting better. Continuing along Kettle on singletrack so fun you'll dream about it while you're still riding the trail. A fun, long sweeping switchback descent to the saddle in between Columbia and Jungle Hill followed by one last grunt. As you pass a rare spring fed wetland high on the mountain you soon approach the Jungle Hill Trailhead. Another great view spot to settle for a break then get ready for yet one more epic descent. After completing this harmonious run you'll feel that you've encountered the Shangri-La of the North Americas. Ride length is approximately 18 miles.
We start with another climb up Sherman Trail this morning. Only this time at the Pass you head south. Heading up a challenging trail with just a perfect amount of rock and dirt, you spin your way through immaculate forest stands of fir and pine. A split in the trail will take you clockwise around Sherman Peak. Soon you will ride into the vast viewscape created by the 1988 White Mountain Fire. The South side of the mountain in particular will leave you breathless, with a spectacular view of Snow Peak and the Columbia River Valley. After a break to take it all in, some of the most challenging sections of rocky trail await. No shame in walking a few spots as you work your way towards Snow Peak Cabin. Reaching the cabin for a well-deserved break, take a little time to decompress after all the incredible ride experience. But we're not quite done yet. Back to Sherman Peak only to continue the loop around the West end of the mountain. Again passing through incredible meadows, and more rocky terrain mixed evenly with smooth singletrack. One final joyous run down Sherman Trail to bookend this incredible adventure, Kettle Crest is the hidden special gem you can acquire for your special collection of riding memories. Ride length is about 18 miles.
About The Operator:
Hermosa Bike Tours
Hermosa Tours was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in beautiful Durango, Colorado. We offer premium, guided mountain bike tours in Durango Colorado, Southwest Utah and California with many destinations on our radar. Our concentration is providing a cycling vacation that includes the best riding in each area led by knowledgeable guides, excellent accommodations, delightful meals, transportation and an array of amenities that leave our guests relaxed and rejuvenated as well as thrilled.
Our tours deliver the best mountain biking destinations and their crown-jewel rides. The relaxing comfort of distinct handpicked accommodations and zero-hassle personalized white glove service. This is not a bike trip. This is your fantasy mountain bike vacation. Ride hard. Relax. Repeat. This is the experience we deliver.
Service and Comfort
For years the benchmark for guided mountain bike tours has been a day one meeting spot, point to point riding, a supported campsite each night and a final drop off back in town. Hermosa Tours offers something different. We pick you up at the airport and shuttle you to your arrival night lodging included in your cost. After each day's guided ride you'll return to a hot shower, some hot tub time, perhaps a massage, definitely a delightful meal and a warm bed. Finally, we THANK our guests with a dinner in town, a final night's lodging and a shuttle to the airport the next day...all included in your cost.
The Best Rides
Abandoning the camp-to-camp routes gives us (and more importantly you) the luxury of providing the best rides in each of our destinations. It also allows us a lot of flexibility. You finished your ride early today and want some more? No problem; let's load up and bite off a little more. Hermosa Tours has scouted our destinations for not only the "classics", but also the hidden gems that you simply will not find in any guidebook.
To many, "guided" evokes an image of someone holding your hand through a watered-down experience. That's not what we're about. We're not here to get in the way of, or dictate your experience. It's about your TIME. Your time is valuable to you. Don't waste it scouring outdated guidebooks, running two-car shuttles, standing in line at restaurants, searching for a campsite, renting cars or hoping for a good hotel. Step off the plane and worry about the coldness of your beer (we'll make sure it's cold) and if your camera is charged.