Amabilis Mountain

Cle Elum, Washington

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This 11.2-mile ride is a combination of two out-and-back spurs and a loop. Of the climbing, 2 miles are easy, 2.5 miles are moderately difficult, and 1 mile is demanding. The route follow good gravel roads, with some exposed rocks and a loose, coarse tread in the steepest areas. There is a short stretch of dirt doubletrack in good condition. The second half of the ride is a long descent that starts out roughly: the road is washed out and rutted at the top, but it quickly improves. Freeway noise and views of clear-cut forests are predominant as you climb. Your senses are rewarded with less assaulting stimuli as you near the summit of Amabilis Mountain. At the top, the view of Kachess Lake, with its mountain backdrop, is lovely. To the north you can see the rugged Rampart and Chikamin Ridges, which lie in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. Mt. Rainier looms large on the horizon in the southwest.
Mountain Bike! Washington

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Mountain Bike! Washington

by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

This 11.2-mile ride is a combination of two out-and-back spurs and a loop. Of the climbing, 2 miles are easy, 2.5 miles are moderately difficult, and 1 mile is demanding. The route follow good gravel roads, with some exposed rocks and a loose, coarse tread in the steepest areas. There is a short stretch of dirt doubletrack in good condition.

The second half of the ride is a long descent that starts out roughly: the road is washed out and rutted at the top, but it quickly improves. Freeway noise and views of clear-cut forests are predominant as you climb. Your senses are rewarded with less assaulting stimuli as you near the summit of Amabilis Mountain. At the top, the view of Kachess Lake, with its mountain backdrop, is lovely. To the north you can see the rugged Rampart and Chikamin Ridges, which lie in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. Mt. Rainier looms large on the horizon in the southwest.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Cle Elum
Distance: 11.2
Elevation Gain: 2,080 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: May through October
Trailhead Elevation: 2,520 feet
Top Elevation: 4,500 feet
Local Contacts: Cle Elum Ranger District, 509-674-4411
Local Maps: Cle Elum Ranger District map. USGS 7.5: Stampede Pass.
Driving Directions: Directions to Amabilis Mountain

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