Mountain Bike! Washington
by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)
© Bennett & Leman/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
This trail has some absolutely amazing views. I highly recommend it for the experienced rider. I left my bike up there. It's a gray mongoose hybrid mtn bike with disc brkes. Please contact me via email if you find it and return it.
GREAT ride! To reach the trailhead, the description should read "bear left at the junky cars, and then left again over the small bridge at the next fork". Make sure you have a parking permit before you get there - the rangers were ticketing people in the lot when we arrived, and we had to drive back down to buy a parking pass at the Pioneer Market in Cashmere. Rode Devil's Gulch up from the trailhead, and then planned on riding the fire road back down (it was getting dark). From the parking lot at the top, proceed down FR-9712 and look for FR-7100 on your left. After you turn onto FR-7100, look for a cattle guard on your left, and then follow the road to the bottom. The fork at the cattle guard sits at the outside of a right hand turn, and is easy to miss. WARNING: When we did this, the top of FR-7100 was littered with logging debris, and was passible to 4WD vehicles only...
This probably the 10th time I've ridden this trail, and everytime I ride it, I remember why I never get tired of it. It is one of the best MTB trails in the state, if not the very best. While it can be ridden as a loop (by using the forest road), or can even be ridden one-way (downhill) by setting up a shuttle system, I prefer to ride it as an out-and-back. Somehow, the downhill just isn't as fun if you haven't earned it by riding it both ways. Anyway, the weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cool. So this is a perfect time of year to ride it. However, be prepared to space out on the downhill, as the trail is dry and dusty in a few places, due to the limited rainfall this summer. Also, there is a fairly large downed tree on the lower section that will require you to dismount. But other than that, the trail is in excellent condition. This is a must do ride, every year.
Great trail. Be sure to purchase a forest service pass, as you will be ticketed. Recommended to go up Devils Gulch and down Mission Ridge but you can go either way. To Go up Devils gulch at the first Y stay right, you will come to another Y and stay to the left which is the Devils Gulch Trail. Lots of areas of exposure, and watch out for riders coming downhill as this is a popular trail and you get going pretty fast. Have fun and be safe!!
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