Pot Peak

Chelan, Washington 98816

Pot Peak

Pot Peak Professional Review and Guide

"This ride gains 4,300 feet of elevation —it isn’t easy. Steady along a ridgetop, this singletrack comes with long, painstaking climbs and fast, furious descents. Motorcyclists use this trail, too, and contrary to popular stereotypes, the trails are in excellent condition (they are actually maintained by local ORV groups).

Mountain bikers rocket down the ridge on banked and occasionally rocky turns. It’s a good thing there’s a campground at the bottom because, while this ride is exhilarating, it’s also totally exhausting."

Pot Peak Reviews

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Got ride up to Handy Springs campground via FR5900. Road is rough, but 4WD is not needed (we took a minivan). Trail along Devil's Backbone has been restored after 2007 fire. Entire trail is well-signed thanks to local ORV club. 1st 8 miles of trail had substantial snow (and this was late June); would recommend waiting until July to try this route. The last 10 mile descent along Pot Peak trail was incredible, spectacular views and single-track - totally worth the hassle of carrying bike over snow fields. Hike-a-bike up switchbacks in rock field (about 2/3 of way through ride) is very tough and requires substantial stamina. Highly recommended ride - not 5 stars due to snow and challenges of getting to top (riding up to Handy Springs would be a tough way to start this ride).
The uphill climb described in the trail guide has not been maintained since the Pot Peak fire, and the steep climb up the ridgeline is littered with fallen trees and dense scrub. As such it is unrideable, and the forest road is recommended to get to the Pot Peak descent as an alternative.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
7 to 9 hours
Best between May and October
Twentyfive Mile Creek State Park, Wenatchee National Forest, Chelan Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Stormy Mountain, Green Trails: Brief No.147
Local Maps

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Jul 2018