Sherman Peak Loop
Sherman Peak (6,998 feet) lies along the crest of the north-south trending Kettle River Mountain Range on the Colville National Forest in northeastern Washington. Wildfires are one way nature regenerates higher elevation forests such as this one. Much of this area is recovering very well, with dense young lodgepole pine now standing well above the winter snows, providing food and cover for snowshoe hare and other wildlife. The five-mile roundtrip Sherman Peak Loop climbs from Sherman Pass (5575 feet) and follows around the mountainside between 5800 and 6500 feet in elevation through areas recovering from the 1988 White Mountain Fire, which burned 20,000 acres. The trail leads through a mixed conifer forest of subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa), Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta), and western larch (Larix occidentalis).