Falls Creek - 8-Mile Ridge Loop

Winthrop, Washington

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Highlights: Ultrascenic ridgetop ride complete with a high summit. Great trail down. High altitude makes it a good choice for a hot summer day. Tread: 13 miles on singletrack.
Mountain Biking the Methow Valley

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Mountain Biking the Methow Valley

by Steve Barnett (Falcon Guides)

Highlights: Ultrascenic ridgetop ride complete with a high summit. Great trail down. High altitude makes it a good choice for a hot summer day. Tread: 13 miles on singletrack.

©  Steve Barnett/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Winthrop
Distance: 13
Elevation Gain: 3,500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Summer and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000 feet
Top Elevation: 7,782 feet
Local Contacts: Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails, Billy Goat Mountain, WA-No. 19, Mazama WA-No. 51; USFS Winthrop W1/2 District map
Driving Directions: Directions to Falls Creek - 8-Mile Ridge Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

8/23/2002
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As Doug mentions below, the route finding can be difficult for this ride. Be patient and just look for old narrow trails west of the junction. Following the one-mile bushwack we hit the ridgeline....great views of the valley below and distant peaks. Great hang out spot. Great ride down on clearly marked trail. Rubber side down!


8/23/2002
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Really fun ride, up and down, except we had to do some route finding to complete the loop. The trail because to disappear as you get closer to the junction. We never actually found the junction, but instead ran into a meadow. Based on the trail description, we knew that it must have been on the other side of the meadow, but never picked it up. So we headed west towards the ridge. After about 1 mile of bush whacking, we made the ridge and saw a rough trail. However, we decended back down the ridge about 100 yards and picked up a more obvious trail below, which did eventually ride the ridge line most of the way down. It's a great downhill, and there's a hand made sign that points you back to the original trail to complete the loop. All in all, it was a good ride, with incredible views. Just be prepared for some route finding, and if you aren't able to pick up the other trail, be prepared to head back down the same trail you came up.



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