KETTLE RIVER RANGE
The Kettle River Range, often called the Kettle Range, is a mountain range in far southeastern British Columbia, Canada and Ferry County, Washington, in the United States. Most of the northern half of range is protected by the Colville National Forest and the southern half of the range is located on the Colville Indian Reservation.
The Kettle River Range encompasses an area of 2,700 square miles (7,000 km2). 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 San Poil River. The mountainous region begins immediately north of the Canada–US border, at Grand Forks, British Columbia, extending 110 miles (177 km) south to the bend of the Columbia River and Lake Roosevelt, formed by Grand Coulee Dam, where it terminates. The Okanogan Highlands are adjacent to the range on the west, and the Selkirk Mountains are adjacent on the east.
The Sherman Pass Scenic Byway runs 40 miles (64 km) east from the town of Republic, Washington across the center of the Kettle River Range and reaches its highest point at Sherman Pass, 5,575 feet (1,699 m), the highest mountain pass open all year in Washington state. The route is named for American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman, who crossed the range in 1883.
Prospectors and low-paid Chinese miners working claims in the Kettle River Range produced more than 839,000 ounces of gold between 1896 and 1959. The largest amounts came from the Republic District. Mining operations yielded silver, copper, lead, zinc, platinum, nickel, cobalt, tungsten, iron, and iron pyrite (“fool’s gold”), as well.
The White Mountain wildfire burnt and destroyed 21,000 acres of timber in the southern half of the range in 1988, including all but the easternmost flanks of White Mountain, Edds Mountain, Bald Mountain, and Snow Peak, north to Sherman Peak.
The Kettle Complex fires in late summer of 2015 burned south of the Canada–US border, west of Highway 395, north of State Route 20 and east of Highway 21. An estimated 73,392 Acres were burned.
Today, the Kettle River Range is a popular, all-season recreation area for hiking, sport and aided climbing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The Kettle Crest National Recreation Trail follows the backbone of the range, and may be accessed at the Kettle Crest Trailhead on the north or the Deer Creek Summit South/Sno-Park Trailhead on the south.
Kettle Crest Trail