Kettle Crest North Trail #13
ElevationAscent: 4,840' 1,475 m
Descent: -5,729' -1,746 m
High: 7,125' 2,172 m
Low: 4,605' 1,404 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 48% (26°)
“The backbone of the Kettle Crest trail system with distant views and awesome trails.”— Jonathan Fleming
At all times, the trail is visible and easy to travel. There are sections with dead fall trees across the trail, but they are not difficult to navigate. There has been steady work on trail rehabilitation and there are notices to watch for the maintenance crews and their machinery. With so many small streams, there is always an opportunity to filter water, an emergency straw filter is very handy for many of the streams.
There are a few steep climbs, but most of the trail consists of longer steady climbs that give a large amount of running terrain. There are the standard trail hazards of rocks, trees, branches, loose soil, and the like, but none present any danger with proper attention. The steepest section of the trail is on the north side of Copper Butte.
The signage is adequate to keep from getting lost with many of the signs seeming on the newer side.
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