Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Kettle Crest Network in the Colville National Forest Needs your Attention

Kettle CrestThe Kettle Crest trail system consists of over 110 miles of unique mostly sub alpine singletrack all currently open to mountain bikes. The Kettle Crest Trail itself stretches for an impressive 40 miles reaching from the Colville Indian Reservation to the North nearly stretching into Canada. Elevation of the trail varies from the bottom of the spur trails ranging mostly 3 to 4 thousand feet of elevation. Kettle Crest itself runs at around 5 to 6 thousand feet in elevation, as the trail constantly climbs up and down various peaks and saddles.

Currently, advocacy efforts are underway in the Colville National Forest as members of Evergreen, IMBA and FTTRC in Spokane are actively engaged in talks involving the future of the forestlands and particularly the Kettle Crest Trail system.

At this point we are working to preserve our access to the North Kettle Crest Trail (#13N) and associated feeder trails:

Trail #3 (Edds)
Trail #23 (Thirteen Mile)
Trail #70 (Barnaby)
Trail #13S (Kettle Crest South)

Evergreen needs your help to help determine any other associated and valuable trails in the area to ensure that we have addressed the preservation of this valuable trail network.

Please contact Evergreen Executive Director Jon Kennedy @ EMBA if you have any recommendations or concerns.

Thank you!

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