Mountain Biking in the Lake Chelan Valley is an undiscovered “Fat Tire” paradise.
The Lake Chelan Valley is home to numerous trails and epic landscapes, most of which come under the ownership of County, State or Federal agencies. Singletrack is the stuff most mountain bikers who have gained riding skills crave. There is something about whipping down a hard packed narrow trail through the woods in complete control.
Here are some additional trails suited for mountain biking:
Echo Ridge Summer Trails – (Length: 25 miles)
Originally designed for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in the wintertime, hiking and mountain biking are popular in the spring, summer and fall.
Pot Peak – (Length: 9.5 miles)
A real workout! It’s only 4 miles to the top of Pot Peak from Snowberry Bowl, but it’s steep enough to make you feel it.
Devil’s Backbone – (Length: 13 miles)
This trail gives mountain bikers several options. You can be dropped off at either the Stormy Mountain, Windy Saddle or Crescent Hill trailheads, or you can cycle along the Devil’s Backbone to the Crescent Hill or Pot Peak trailheads.
Stormy Mountain – (Length: 1.5 miles)
Bring a picnic lunch for this scenic drive and 1.5 mile bike. You will have earned a fantastic view when you reach the top of Stormy Mountain.
The trails at Echo have seen some recent upgrades, with 7.5 miles of new trail constructed by Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and the Chelan Ranger District. The new trails, combined with some of the best existing trails at Echo, have put this trail system on the map for mountain bikers. The trail system is conveniently located 10 miles from Chelan and Manson and provides easy access to rides, ranging from a few miles to 20+ miles. Trails are very well marked and most have maps posted. Scan the QR codes on the maps for a map download.
There are a number of trails in the Lake Chelan Basin which rank as epic rides. Pot Peak is just one of them. Enjoy ten miles of an all-single, downhill track that drops 5,000 feet in elevation. The challenge is the climb to 6,500 feet elevation before you get to enjoy this epic trail on the south shore of Lake Chelan. Additional maps are available at the Chelan Ranger District; 428 W Woodin Ave, Chelan • (509) 682-4900.