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Boulder Creek Rd

Kettle Crest North

The northern terminus of the PNT’s journey along the crest of the Kettle Range begins or ends at Boulder-Deer Pass.

Across the highway from the trailhead, Deer Creek campground is being restored and features campsites with picnic tables, fire rings, and a vault toilet. The Kettle Crest trailhead also has a vault toilet. There is ample parking in lots on either side of the highway.

There is no plumbed or potable water here. However, west of the Kettle Crest trailhead— accessed via a short trail that runs parallel to the highway— is a developed spring (stock tank) to draw water from.

During the winter, the PNT north and south of the pass is part of the Deer Creek Nordic SnoPark: a popular destination for the local backcountry and Altai hok-skiing enthusiasts.

  • From Republic, follow Hwy 20 north/east towards Sherman Pass
  • About 2–3 miles out of downtown Republic, at Pine Grove junction, turn left onto Hwy 21— head towards Curlew
  • Approx. 18.3 miles— approaching Curlew, but before you cross the bridge over the Kettle River— turn right on Kettle River Rd
  • Continue straight through the funky junction, onto Boulder Creek Rd
  • Ride Boulder Creek Rd up to Boulder-Deer Pass
  • At the pass: Deer Creek campground (PNT eastbound) will be on your left; the Kettle Crest trailhead (PNT westbound) will be on your right.


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