Chikamin Creek Loop

Leavenworth, Washington

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Chikamin Creek is one of the few rides in Washington with as many or more miles to the downhill as there are to the climb. In fact, Chikamin’s steep descent is nearly a mile longer than the climb up the forest service road. Mountain bikers won’t find spectacular views in the area, as the trail descends through the basin/gully of the creek. All the better, because cyclists will be able to stay focused on navigating the gnarly downhill over hundreds of yards of ticktacktoe cinder blocks, sharp-angle switchbacks, and narrow trails cut into the fall line of the surrounding terrain. Add in ultrafine dust that hangs in the air longer than a young Michael Jordan after a rider passes through, decreasing visibility, and Chikamin Creek is one of the tougher rides listed in this guide. Trail surface: Singletrack and gravel access road.
Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area

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Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area

by Santo Criscuolo (Falcon Guides)

Chikamin Creek is one of the few rides in Washington with as many or more miles to the downhill as there are to the climb. In fact, Chikamin’s steep descent is nearly a mile longer than the climb up the forest service road.

Mountain bikers won’t find spectacular views in the area, as the trail descends through the basin/gully of the creek. All the better, because cyclists will be able to stay focused on navigating the gnarly downhill over hundreds of yards of ticktacktoe cinder blocks, sharp-angle switchbacks, and narrow trails cut into the fall line of the surrounding terrain. Add in ultrafine dust that hangs in the air longer than a young Michael Jordan after a rider passes through, decreasing visibility, and Chikamin Creek is one of the tougher rides listed in this guide. Trail surface: Singletrack and gravel access road.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Leavenworth
Distance: 16.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Season: Mid-July to late October, depending on snow levels
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest
Local Maps: Washington Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Chikamin Creek
Driving Directions: Directions to Chikamin Creek Loop

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Apr 2018