Badger Mountain- Waterville Loop

Orondo, Washington

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From Wenatchee, you can’t help but notice (and perhaps, fear?) the 4000-plus-foot tabletop ridge that rises high above the eastern banks of the Columbia River. Maybe you’ve always wondered how to get up there on a bike. (If not, turn the page; this ride might not be for you.) This route gets you to the top, but that’s not all. Should you accept the full-meal deal (including a 2-mile descent down hard-packed gravel road), you’ll be treated to an incredible loop across the Waterville Plateau and a long, fast descent down the Orondo Grade to the Columbia River.
75 Classic Rides Washington: The Best Road Biking Routes

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75 Classic Rides Washington: The Best Road Biking Routes

by Mike McQuaide (The Mountaineers Books)

From Wenatchee, you can’t help but notice (and perhaps, fear?) the 4000-plus-foot tabletop ridge that rises high above the eastern banks of the Columbia River. Maybe you’ve always wondered how to get up there on a bike. (If not, turn the page; this ride might not be for you.)

This route gets you to the top, but that’s not all. Should you accept the full-meal deal (including a 2-mile descent down hard-packed gravel road), you’ll be treated to an incredible loop across the Waterville Plateau and a long, fast descent down the Orondo Grade to the Columbia River.

© 2012 Mike McQuaide/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Orondo
Distance: 50.0
Elevation Gain: 4,700 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Riding Time: 3-5.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Topo Map: Badger Mountain- Waterville Loop Topographic Map
Guide Book: 75 Classic Rides Washington: The Best Road Biking Routes Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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