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Explore the best rated trails in Republic, WA, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Golden Tiger Pathway and Similkameen Trail . With more than 3 trails covering 35 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.
We were able to ride the Curlew Lake section as well as the section north of the town of Curlew toward Danville for about 7 miles along the Kettle River. The trail crews have done an excellent job with maintaining the surface in these areas. We spoke with a volunteer who said the bridges for the washouts will be installed this Fall allowing more of the trail to be accessible again. There’s a dedicated crew of people who maintain this trail yearly. Well worth a trip to this part of the state to enjoy this hidden gem. Fall colors are glorious or a Spring ride along the shores of the flowing Kettle River make this a worthy multi season destination. The volunteers of Ferry County are proud of their trail and hope more folks will enjoy what they have tirelessly worked to create. tththihibeautiful scenic trail. We’ve been on it three times over the past few years
The improved section of trail around Curlew lake was great but the majority of the trail was ballast to the town of Curlew and was either closed or unrideable. We wanted to do the trail from Curlew Lake to Danville but ended up going to Curlew on highway and then turning around. Scenery is great but multiple improvements needed for it to be a good trail.
Such a wonderful idea! Danville to Curlew is a nice ride runs along the Kettle River. Unfortunately Curlew to Curlew Lake is a nightmare of closed areas due to washouts, thick ballast that is difficult to ride and garbage. Very surprised the small towns are not jumping in to support and finish this trail, they could benefit from the biking traffic. Do not expect to find food along the way, come prepared, the Tugboat in Curlew is the only food to be found between start and finish.
We came to Curlew Lake looking for some rail trail riding. The map provided by the State park seemed to provide lots of choices but then we learned that certain trails weren't really as ready as published. We chose the trail from Curlew to Danville. Well we found out that you can't depend on the map for any accuracy, also that the trail from Curlew to even the Tunnel isn't accessible as it's taped off. We rode it anyway and walked the washed out areas that prevented riding. We continued on, to poorly maintained trails about 4 kms further on from the tunnel, that were washed out where I carried the bikes through informal creeks, to weeds growing 3-4ft high on the trail. Lastly as we got to Lone Ranch Creek Road, the washout was so bad we had to walk through to a private road to get around it. Yet, nowhere was there any of this information. We understand that weather changes the topography, but post it at trailheads! Come on, communicate with riders if you want people to use your trails!
We only did the improved parts of the trail on the west side of Lake Curlew and from the trailhead north of Curlew to the tunnel. Altogether 16.5 miles. Surface was packed fine gravel and worked well with our street cruiser bikes (Electra Townies). Trail was well maintained and beautiful! We saw wildlife from the start. Also it was not busy early am and we beat the heat 😊. Only way to get better would be to pave this trail.
I have been in Ferry For over 40 years and have been waiting for Rails To Trails for a good part of that time] I can now ride my bike from Curlew to the Tunnel. Now I can stay in shape and enjoy the Kettle river on that part of the trail. I would like to thank all the participants that were responsible for making this happen. I have donated funds in the past and will continue to do so.
Very nice job paving the trail. Recent trip about 9 miles up to bridge was excellent. Concerning that atvs and motorized vehicles have access as this destroys the peace and calmness of trail. And also erodes the upkeep of paving project. Just saying!
The Ferry County Rail Trail is in the early development stages with many
non-motorized enthusiasts lending financial, moral and hands-on support.
A lot of folks have worked really hard, against impossible odds, to make
this non-motorized rail trail a reality. This trail has it all: runs
along the largest lake in Ferry County; along the Kettle River; one day
on a 1/4 mile trestle and through a short tunnel. The Ferry County Rail
Trail has the possibility of connecting with a rail trial system in
Canada...maybe the first international rail trail. The trail can be
ridden on a bike, although the railroad ballast is kind of a rough ride.
This winter (2010-2011) a local supporter is grooming a section of the
trail for cross county skiing. The Ferry County Rail Trail will be an
exciting asset to the community. If you can, please email the Ferry
County Commissioners and express your support for the Ferry County rail trail.
[firstname.lastname@example.org] And make the journey to Ferry County and
check-out the rail trail...it's really worth it.
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