From Kettle Falls, drive west on US 395. After crossing the Columbia River, turn left just after the bridge onto SR 20 which heads towards Sherman Pass on what is also called the Sherman Pass byway It is about 18.5 miles to the crest of Sherman Pass and watch for Albion Hill road #2030 and turn right onto it. Head north on FR 2030. At 0.6 mile, keep right. At 3.4 miles, pass the signed Wapaloosie trailhead; at 3.7 and 3.8 miles keep left at forks signed "S. Deadman". Stay on the main road past various unmarked spurs. At 7.4 miles you'll find the signed "Old State" trailhead on your left. Turn left, cross the cattle guard, and park at the turnaround loop / trailhead sign in the trees about 0.1 mile off the main road. There is a modern forest service restroom (outhouse type) for your convenience.
The TH starts at 5500 feet and is about 3 miles to the summit. Allow about 3 hours for a round trip or less. The trail here is variously called the "Old State" or "Old Stage" road. Both are correct, because the stage road you will start walking on was the first state highway in Washington. A trailhead sign explains in more detail. After about two miles, the road comes Hike the road until you come to a saddle at 6040 feet elveation. Continue just over the saddle (about 50 yards) and pick up the Kettle Crest trail on the left. Head south, through a single set of switchbacks, to the top of the ridge. You'll find at least two benchmarks in the summit as well as a large cairn that marks the summit area.
What the entrance to the trail looks like:
No special gear necessary for this hike.
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