Kettle Falls, WA
Ryan Cabin TR 030 and Stickpin TR 071, located approximately 35 miles from Kettle Falls, provide relatively easy (1.6 mi and 1.9 mi) access to the PNT on the Kettle Crest; their trailheads are within walking distance from one another, making for a fun loop adventure on the Kettle Crest.
About the Stickpin Fire
The USFS and PNTA have restored and regularly maintain Ryan Cabin Trail, but Stickpin Trail has yet to be restored since the 2015 Stickpin Fire. Several crossing structures need to be rebuilt, and Stickpin will be severely brushy until it is restored. Restoration was postponed until it could be determined whether or Stickpin should be realigned; there’s a good chance Stickpin may be restored in 2022–2023.
WARNING: South Fork Boulder Creek FR 6110-000 is no longer a thru-road. Disregard any driving directions (including from USFS!) indicating that you can access this area via South Fork Boulder Creek Rd.
- From Kettle Falls, follow Highway 20/395 west toward the Kettle River Range; turn left to remain on Hwy 20 after crossing the Columbia River
- After approx. 18–19 miles, turn right on Albion Hill FR 2030-000
- In approx. 12+ miles on Albion FR 2030, you’ll switch back down to cross over Little Boulder Creek…
- Rather than follow the curve up to remain on FR 2030 (which becomes South Fork Boulder Ck FR 6110), continue straight (take the left fork) to head up FR 2030-900
- Then turn left on FR 2030-921; follow the curve of the right fork to remain on FR 921
- As you enter the burn scar, Stickpin trailhead parking is straight ahead, or continue to the right for Ryan Cabin trailhead
Albion Hill FR 2030 can be severely rutted in places, and occasionally rocky— a high-clearance vehicle is recommended.
You could be one of the first people to come across a freshly fallen tree on this long stretch of road; you may want to bring a good handsaw with you, just in case.
The trailheads have room for multiple vehicles to park, including a looped driveway and pull-throughs for horse trailers at Ryan Cabin, and a couple of picnic tables.
NO toilet, NO fire rings
Draw water from South Fork Boulder Creek at Stickpin trailhead.
Hiking, Backpacking, Bicycling and Horseback Riding
No day use fee or pass is required at this site