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Taneum Ridge Roller

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This is a loop ride that combines FS Road 3300 for the uphill leg and Taneum Ridge Trail 1363 for the downhill ride. This is a multi-use Forest Service trail located in Kittitas County. Users of the trail include horses, motorcycles, hikers and hunters along with mountain bikers. The trail can be shuttled as well as being ridden as a loop ride. The total loop is approximately 9 miles and the elevation gain-loss is 1400 feet. The time taken to complete the loop will vary but strong riders will ride the loop in 2 hrs or less.
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Trail Directions
Coming from the west on I-90 take Elk Heights Exit 93, cross over the freeway and then continue east on Thorp road paralleling the freeway for four miles. At Taneum Road turn right and cross back over the freeway. Procede up Taneum Road/Road 33 for 10 miles until the pavement ends at Taneum Junction. Make a left turn and park at Taneum Junction. Forest Service Parking Permits are required. From the Junction you can bike or shuttle 4.5 miles on road 3300 to Taneum Ridge Trail. Once at Taneum Ridge turn your bike east and except for three fairly small climbs its all down hill.
Trail Length
9 Miles
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Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
Cle Elum
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Review Date
July 7, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: borregokid ,  Racer

This trail is best described as a skill builder. The whole loop is only 9.3 miles. It has two trail heads and if you running a shuttle you can go up road 3300 approximately 2 miles and run the lower portion or continue on for another three miles to the upper trail#1363. The trail is used by motos and in the summer in places can get very dusty. The trail also has some loose rock. In most places the trail is fairly wide with wide banking turns and downhill runs that rarely exceed 10 degrees. There are several tight switchbacks and for climbers the upper portion of the trail has a steep technical climb about a mile from the road. There is no wasted elevation in your descent back to Taneum Junction. If you are a cross country racer this course is similar to Schweitzer, Chelan, and Winthrop and other dry mountain courses that tend to get dusty with loose rock. There are also no spots that require dismounting going down.

Recommended Route:
Leaving Taneum Junction Campgrond on road 3300 ride .4 miles up the road until you get to a road veering to the left. This is the old 3300 also know as the "low road." Continue on the low road for approximately another half a mile until it forks. Stay to the right and continue for another 1.5 miles at which point the road leaves the valley and climbs back up to road 3300. Continue up 3300 for approximately 2 miles until you reach trail#1363 Taneum Ridge. The elevation gain at that point is approximately 1200 feet. Another 200 feet is gained in the first mile of the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Gnat Flat
Gooseberry Flat
Hoyt Mining Trail

All of the above can be shuttled and dump into Taneum Junction Campground. In addition there is Fish Hook Flat which is a loop trail of 13 miles that incorporates the first part of the Taneum Ridge Roller-the "low road."

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