Mission Ridge Trail - Trail, Wenatchee/Cashmere, Washington

Mission Ridge Trail - Trail, Wenatchee/Cashmere, Washington

DESCRIPTION

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.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 02, 2007]
Ned Pickle
Weekend Warrior

Motorcycles have made a miserable mess out of this trail. I will be the first to acknowledge the it is the motorcycle club that does most of the work. However in this particular case, motorcycles have done a lot of damage to te trail by cutting corners and tearing the trail up. I did this ride last in 2005 and the trail surface was awesome. Now it's dangerous.

Customer Service

Up Devil's Gulch. Down Mission. Now up DG and turn around.

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4
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5
[Aug 11, 1999]
Mark Wright

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.

Customer Service

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

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Devils Gulch up, Mission Ridge down (if you like pain)

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5
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[Nov 19, 1999]
Andreas Unterschuetz

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!

Customer Service

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)

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Any that really gets the heart a'pumping and the adrenaline flowin'

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5
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[Nov 28, 2001]
Flash Mofo

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.

Customer Service

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.

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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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5
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[Nov 07, 2002]
Skookum

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

Customer Service

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.

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All of them

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5
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