Mission Ridge

Cashmere, Washington

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This is a true ridge ride: located out in the open, exposed to the views and the sun. The 14-mile ascent is gradual with the occasional steep section. It hooks up with some exceptional ridgetop singletrack that leads to false summits and around tight switchbacks. There is a little bit of everything here. It will be a challenge to intermediate riders, but for the advanced mountain biker it’s a true delight. The John Wayne Pioneer Trail culminates in the rolling hills of the Palouse country, just southeast of Spokane. It’s fitting that the trail, which started west of the Cascade Mountains, ends in the rolling hills of the Palouse, seeing as these hills are the result of years of erosion depositing topsoil from the Cascades some 200 miles east to gather and form the Palouse Hills.
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by Amy & Mark Poffenbarger (Falcon Guides)

This is a true ridge ride: located out in the open, exposed to the views and the sun. The 14-mile ascent is gradual with the occasional steep section. It hooks up with some exceptional ridgetop singletrack that leads to false summits and around tight switchbacks. There is a little bit of everything here. It will be a challenge to intermediate riders, but for the advanced mountain biker it’s a true delight.

The John Wayne Pioneer Trail culminates in the rolling hills of the Palouse country, just southeast of Spokane. It’s fitting that the trail, which started west of the Cascade
Mountains, ends in the rolling hills of the Palouse, seeing as these hills are the result of years of erosion depositing topsoil from the Cascades some 200 miles east to gather and form the Palouse Hills.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Cashmere
Distance: 26.4
Elevation Gain: 4,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Season: Late spring to late fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,700 feet
Top Elevation: 5,700 feet
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest, Leavenworth Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Monitor
Driving Directions: Directions to Mission Ridge

Recent Trail Reviews

8/3/2008
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7/9/2000
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This trail can be ridden as an out and back, or can be looped up with the Devils Gulch trail, which connects both at the bottom and the top of the Mission Ridge trail. It's a fun ride either way, but I much prefer to just ride the Devils Gulch trail as an out and back. If you do want to do the Mission Ridge trail, expect a few climbs on the decent. Whereas the Devils Gulch trail is all downhill. Also consider climbing the Devils Gulch trail all the way to the top, where it intersects the fire road.



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