Snow Peak Cabin is located high in the mountains of northeastern Washington state. It provides a year-round base camp from which guests can access thousands of acres of back country for skiing, hunting and exploration. Depending on the season, guests may also choose to enjoy the extensive system of quality mountain bike, horse and hiking trails that connect with the cabin. The cabin is not accessible by vehicle. The winter route begins at the Kettle Crest Trailhead and has a one-way distance of approximately five miles for skiers and snowshoers. Hikers, bikers and horseback riders can access the cabin in the summer and fall via the 3-mile Snow Peak Trailhead. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities. Natural Features: The cabin sits at an elevation of 6,400 feet, on a ridge in the Kettle Mountain Range in the Colville National Forest. It 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. Views from the cabin stretch from the Cascades to the mountains of Canada and northern Idaho. The Kettle Range encompasses an area of 2,700 miles. The range runs north to south, bordered on the east by the Kettle River and the Columbia River, and on the west by the Kettle River, the Curlew Valley and the Sanpoil River. Wildlife in the area include hawks, bear and cougars. Recreation: In addition to camping, visitors to the area enjoy hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding on a variety of trails in the area. The Snow Peak Trail No. 10, Kettle Crest South Trail No. 13, Sherman Loop Trail No. 72 and Edds Mountain Trail No. 3 can all be accessed from the cabin. Climbing, snowshoeing and skiing in the area are also popular. Visitors also enjoy the area for hunting during open seasons, as the open mountain meadows throughout the area entice a variety of wildlife. The cabin is in a remote location and guests are advised to carry a topographic map of the area and a compass when leaving the cabin at any time. Facilities: The one-room 17-by-19 cabin has cots and foam pads to accommodate up to four people. It is also equipped with a propane cook stove, a table, basic cookware and cutlery, and a wood stove for heat. Solar-powered lighting and and outhouse are provided. Firewood is provided, but guests must split their own wood with an axe and tools that are provided. Horse corrals are also available at the cabin for equestrian campers. Guests must bring their own water for drinking, cooking and cleaning purposes. Sleeping bags, toilet paper, garbage bags and food are also not provided. Cell phone service is not available in the area. Nearby Attractions: The cabin is not far from the Sherman Pass Scenic Byway. The popular highway runs 18 miles east from the town of Republic, and through the center of the Kettle Range. It reaches its highest point, 5,575 feet, at Sherman Pass, the highest mountain pass open year-round in Washington state. ACTIVITIES Biking: Mountain Biking Fishing Hiking Horseback Riding Hunting Winter Sports: Cross Country Skiing Wildlife Viewing
Ski touring into the Snow Peak Cabin in the winter/spring has become an annual tradition for me and my friends. The cabin is cozy and well stocked with cots, chairs, pots and pans, firewood, and solar lights! All you really need to pack in besides the basic necessities are your sleeping bag, ski apres, and a good water filter. There's also some good skiing near the cabin and at Sherman Pass proper near where you park, as well as plenty of conservative terrain options if the avalanche forecast dictates that for you.
Snow Peak Cabin never disappoints so if you want to get a reservation, make sure you get on it early. Reservations are first-come-first-served at least 6 months out. If you are curious about the current conditions up there, the Panhandle Backcountry website is a great resource for you, as it frequently has the most current trip reports and observations.