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Chikimin Ridge Epic

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Latitude
47.931066347509784
Longitude
-121.376953125
Trail Directions
See directions in John Zilly's guide Mountain Bike Washington NW
Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Unknown
City/County
Leavenworth
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
September 30, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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2.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Craig from Kirkland ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
One of the best riding anreas in the country, real mt biking in a real national forest, the closest you can get to wilderness riding, 200 miles of trails in the mad river rec area. The place was build for and by 2 wheeled motercycles, whit ou them the place would be yet another hiking only wilderness area Wa has the 3rd most wilderness in the US we dont need any more.

Upper chickamin riddge is one of the best desents any whare, in fall the larch tres change color and the vews are awe inspiring. The soil in the entire forest is soft sandy soil. all trail users ware the trails. No suttle access, you have to ride up to this awsome area.

Recommended Route:
Up to the top as an out and back or make it a long 40+ miler

Other recommended trails in the same area:
all, unless your looking for stunts and stuff.



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Review Date
January 1, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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4.33 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Ned , from Redmond, WA (ex-Shore local)

Summary:
I dunno about that Cali guy other than he's from Cali and feels a need to complain. I guess he was pedalling a pinner bike and was too used to the bike lanes all over the place where he lives. Dude, it's a moto park in dry country- get used to it, it's sandy in the rain shadow of the Coast Range and we're not in California. 2.5" tires, disc brakes and some travel on the bike to soak up the moto ruts is the best standard equipment as is some legs to climb and the skills to descend fast. Time it right and you'll get to lead out some moto's and show 'em how to ride the descent the way it was meant to be ridden. In reality this is a pretty fine trail network in spite of the whines I've read here. You gotta know what to climb and what to descend and remember to keep breathing when your descending- otherwise you will get tossed. And don't forget to bring the load of agua pura as there's not much available along the way.

Recommended Route:
Meeeh, Zilly is just Zilly. It aint the gospel but it gets you there if you're a stunned deer in the headlights and can't read a USGS map. Epic? Please.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
To make it a true epic, drop down into the Entiat drainage and climb back up onto the Mad River plateau before you descend back into the Chikamin.



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Review Date
December 9, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Bendiprop , from Wenatchee WA

Summary:
Can't stand it - have to speak up. This trail was constructed with dedicated ORV funds from Washington State gas tax years prior to the invention of the mountain bike. I have both dirt biked and more recently mountain biked the Chikamin / Mad Lake trail network over the years. Aspects of the Californian's comments are true - the trail gets chewed up by dirt bikes in the dry months and is not a great mountain bike ride. So what - it is their trail. But catch this early or late season when moisture has healed the trail and you will be treated to one of the best mountain bike rides of your life if you are an intermediate or better rider. This is a great early summer or mid-fall area. Enjoy the hell out of it on either side of the primary dirt bike season (July/August)and you will come away smiling. The upper portion of the Chikamin trail is pretty ambitious so be prepared and be ready for a quick weather change. Not for the out of shape unless you start early and you takes your time and pack a lunch.

Recommended Route:
As written by those before me.



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Review Date
September 17, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Brad , from Issaquah

Summary:
Couldn't disagree with my mountain biking colleague from CA more. Myself and three buddies thoroughly enjoyed this ride on 23Sep02. Yes, there are some short sections of this ride that are in disrepair--perhaps a grand total of a mile or so (across 33, not so bad) was the loose sand/marble-like dirt--I took it as a technical challenge. I remember one turn that was unrideable due to pavers being scrambled. As Zilly says, good trail engineering allows almost all of the climb to be ridden. The meadow at ~6400 feet is awesome, as are the views from Alder Ridge, which comes just before around 10 miles of descending. The group I was with wholeheartedly agreed that the ride "netted out" with all the hard climbing paid back with a really sweet, on your toes descent.
I recommend it to anyone willing to make the climb, with the caution that once you get off the fire road, and to Chikamin Creek, the next 6 miles are relentlessm, with an average grade of >11%. If you, or any members of a group don't have a reasonable degree of fitness and lots of time, don't bite this off. I wouldn't want to make the descent during the dimming of the day.
Finally, there are a lot more, and more influential trail bikers out there than us--they are the ones that either maintain the trail, or makes sure the Forest Service does. The few we saw were courteous and friendly, and frankly, I was pretty impressed that they rode sections of this trail.

Recommended Route:
Follow Zilly's directions for this ride. They are spot on.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Minnow Ridge, Freund Canyon



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Review Date
August 25, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

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Reviewed by: John Cypher , from Oakland, CA

Summary:
Although this route is well graded and on paper is a worthy loop, currently as of mid August 2002 almost the entire route has been so degraded by ORV over-use as to be a miserable ride both up and down. The trail surface is pumice and just can't handle all the impact of so many motorcycles. Imagine riding a gutter of baby powder with golf balls strewn liberally about. First you have to climb this for 4000' then you have to come down on it. I had such high hopes fo this ride, but found myself dreading the descent in fear of a nasty crash. Also the concrete pavers embedded in the switchbacks are ripped out and destroyed in many places. I wonder why I'm paying the forest service for recreational fees when every year the trails in the Pac Nor West go further into disrepair. I've ridden these trail in early and mid nineties and found them some of the best anywhere, but cannont reccomend any ORV trails in the state at this time. I also checked out the trails in the Sawtooth area and found them equally deporable if not worse! Mountain bikers need to speak up! Remeber we're being double taxed to ride on our own public property.

Recommended Route:
Follow the Zilly guide for Chikimin Ridge epic

Other recommended trails in the same area:
P.S. Although these five wheel rides are called epics and are long hard work they aren't epics by definition.



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