Laurier to Spokane
- Distance: 120 miles
- Routes: SR 395
- Estimated Driving Time: 2.5 hours
This tour follows the upper portions of the Columbia River that were flooded when the Grand Coulee dam was constructed. As SR 395 angles away from the Columbia River to follow the Kettle River one gets a feeling for the character of these mountain valleys prior to the construction of dams on the Colubmia River.
A side trip off this tour follows the Sherman Pass Scenic Byway between Kettle Falls and Republic along SR 20 as part of the Republic side trip. This route stretches across Washington’s highest mountain pass, Sherman Pass, in the remote Colville National Forest. The Kettle Mountain Range offers solitude and 100 miles of interconnected trails that traverse fields, wide ridges and forests of pine, larch and western red cedar. Recent history is dominated by remnants of mammoth forest fires and the enduring rock structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.