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Mission Ridge Trail

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

There is some foot or two foot drop off in the middle of the trail they are no problem though. and some ruts in places. Watch out for a tree that has foolen in the middle of the trail just swerve to the left of it. At the end there is a bunch of switchbacks that are fun. At the end it will hit another trail that trail is devils gulch take a right and you will hit a parking lot in no time at all. Take the road out of the parking lot to cashmere.
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Latitude
47.291761477001806
Longitude
-120.39865493774414
Trail Directions
If you want to go down the trail you can start at Mission ridge. That is usually where I start. Just follow the signs out of Wenatchee up squirlchuck road and it goes right into the parking lot. Part of the parking lot is blocked off dont go past that if you plain on leaving your vehicle there past 4:30pm they close the gate at that time. Ride your bike up behind the up behind the lodge and take the dirt road behind the lodge. That dirt road you want to stay on till you get almost all the way up chair 1. The ride up the hill is worth the extra riding time and isnt that hard. When that dirt road starts to level out there is an old road that is just a trail that takes of on the north side. Once you reach there you dont have to ride up hill any more it looks like you do but you dont. Ride that trail Intel you get to a dirt road once you get there cross the road to devils gulch parking lot and head out devils gulch. It takes about 15 to 40 minutes to get from Mission Ridge parking lot to devils gulch. You can start at the devils Gulch trail head too if you want it saves you some ridding time if you dont want to ride so far. But the time you save from riding you spend driving on a dirt road. To start at devils gulch head the same direction as if you where going to mission instead of going all the way to mission before the road starts all the switch backs and before it starts climbing real steep. There is a dirt road that takes off to the right (or north) side of the road. On the other side of the road there is a little dirt parking lot. Take that dirt road up past beehive reservoir. You take a right turn onto another road. Take that road out a was and there will be a parking lot on the north side. And a trail that comes out on the south side. The trail is the trail that comes from mission. Start riding out devils gulch nomader if you started from right there of mission ridge. Ride down devils gulch you will hit an up-hill area that curves to the left when you get up that hill you will go down hill for about 50 yards and the trail will split three ways. The center one is devils gulch the left one is red ridge and the right one is mission Ridge trail. The trail is really steep for a ways I usually have to walk up it because I cant get traction. It is worth the walk. When you get to the top it is a fun riding from there it dips down than up then level then down then up the whole way.
Trail Length
about 11 miles from mission
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Wenatchee/Cashmere
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
November 7, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Skookum , from Seatac

Summary:
This trail is super nice trail. If you shuttle or earn the ride it is super fun. I made the run late in the year and the tamarak trees were turnin yellow it was super nice lookin. The trailhead view at Mission Ridge is really cool, you can see Eastern Wa. and Wenatchee to your right then look left to the north and west and check out the eastern foothills to the Cascades. Now the first section is twisty with rock gardens here and there. You shoot in the woods with some straight shots to open it up as well. Your workin your technical skills and blowing off your brakes and enjoying the blur of the forest it's sweet. The first section of that trail is really some of the funnest riding around. Now the second is pretty nice, it's a little more of the same as the first section but with less rock, more climbs, more sections to open up, more switchbacks, and a few spots of actual downhill, some chutes and jumps.(dont get me wrong though you lose 4000ft in 13miles) Also burnout factor comes into play much more than Devils Gulch here because you have more forest road climb and you need to work your bike for the technical. This trail definately makes my top ten.
Suggestion for alternative is to ride the first part of Mission Ridge then hang a left and finish on Devils Gulch. You get the best out of both trails that way

Recommended Route:
Like the Zilly book. Start at Devils Gulch lower trailhead. Ride up FR 7100 and 9712, past Devils Gulch upper trailhead to the Mission Ridge trailhead. Stay on 1201/Mission Ridge til it dumps u off at the end of Devils Gulch and done.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All of them



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Review Date
November 28, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Flash Mofo , from Seattle

Summary:
Not for the week of heart or lung! What can be said, I think doing the full devils gulch/mission ridge figure eight loop is one of the most rewarding yet difficult rides I have done anywhere in the US. I think the only ride I have done that rivals it in sheer epic-ness is maybe doing porcupine rim as a full loop w/no car in moab. but then the conditions of that climb have improved so much, it's not as difficult as it used to be...
Since I live in Seattle, completing the full figure eight usually means spending the previous night in cashmere or leavenworth. Totally worth it. bring plenty of water (140oz on a hot day, you'll want it all!) and most important pace yourself! sometimes the upper fire road stretch is freshly graded with deep gravel, it can really creep up on ya... In general, the slower I climb the lower part of the gulch, the better I find my chances are of completing the full figure eight.

Recommended Route:
Ride up devils gulch trail from the devils gulch parking lot. Take an "obtuse" right at the saddle (go straight as possible in other words), following the gulch up to the upper parking lot. from there, climb up the fire road on your right w/ open gate. after a few miles of road riding, which should seem easy except you've already bagged 3k v.', watch for the trailhead on your right. There is a bulletin board at the trailhead so you can't miss it. Drop down to the saddle where you will cross devils gulch. This upper stretch of mission ridge is one of my favorite trails anywhere. from the saddle, you have options- if you are still feeling fresh and have light, water and food left, continue on mission ridge (stay to the right crossing the saddle) and prepare for a few miles of rolly hike-a-bike. Ouch! from here the descent continues to blow one's mind... all the way down back to your car.
If you reach the saddle where devils gulch and mission ridge cross and you're feeling spent, you can take the gulch back down which takes less than 1 hr. Still a great ride either way.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Klone Peak, out at Lk. Chelan, is close, super epic, and even more scenic. Once again, you'll need lots of time and water. And a good 4x4 type rig with plenty of gas to get to the trailhead.



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Review Date
November 19, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Andreas Unterschuetz , from Wenatchee, WA

Summary:
Usually what I've done is take a car to the Devils Gulch trailhead and ride up the road to the Mission Ridge trailhead. Once you reach that point, try to get down to the Devils Gulch junction in one piece and on your bike while riding like hell to keep the mosquitos from literally carrying you off like they're the stork and your the little crying baby in the basket(there are a few places where water has a tendency to collect and sit for a few weeks, this produces two things, great vegitation including awsome wildflowers, and mosquitos from hell!!!) Climb the short hill after the junction and start blasting down the steep and sometimes technical trail. Keep an eye open for motorcycles, you generally can hear them coming but believe me, they won't get out of your way! Once you hit the parking lot, either hop in the car that's waiting for you or start climbing up the fire road or up the Devils Gulch trail(much easier to climb). That's my recomendation anyhow. I love this trail, one of the best in the valley and very easily accessable. You can also start at the bottom, driving up from Cashmere, depending upon where you're coming from. Either way, don't ride this trail 'cause I'm selfish and I want it all to my self. Thank you for leaving it to the people who appreciate it. The only thing that it lacks is, well nothing, it has just about everything you could want except slick rock which is a little hard to come-by in this part of the country. It's a great trail that is very well maintained(usually) that gives you some great views if you're willing to stop for a couple seconds!

Recommended Route:
Numerous routes, check the maps of the area and see what you want to do; climb first-decend last, decend first-climb last(not my favorite), or just DECEND, DECEND, DECEND(my favorite)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Any that really gets the heart a'pumping and the adrenaline flowin'



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Review Date
August 11, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Mark Wright , from Washington

Summary:
The last 3 miles from the devils gulch upper trailhead after climbing forever seems killer, but the wildflowers are abundant after the closed gate and the views increase to offer some comfort. The ride is steep, rocky, and sandy in sections. The signpost at the trailhead is unmarked on top. Each fun downhill is paid for by a "penalty" hill (for having all that fun) but it is a night and day comparison to Devils Gulch which runs nearly parallel to this trail. This trail fits the EPIC category, plan on 6 hours or so to soak up the many many vistas. Rode this in July and snow was falling, but except for a few patches was gone.

Recommended Route:
Hwy 2 to Cashmere's 1st exit. South past school, left at Devils Gulch sign through orchards. Park at Devils Gulch Trailhead.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Devils Gulch up, Mission Ridge down (if you like pain)



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