Have you been wanting to check out the local Leavenworth adventure scene? This summer Bicycle Adventures has teamed up with Icicle Village Resort and Osprey Rafting with all-inclusive guided adventure tour designed to thrill you! Check out this 4 day package of riding and rafting at bicycleadventures.com.
One of our local trails – Tres Hombres in Leavenworth should get you excited for dirt! All shot by Shifted Cinema, LLC
Transition Bikes came to Leavenworth for a locals ride…
Transition Bikes Mountain Biking pictures of Leavenworth, used with permission.
Das Rad Haus (The Bike House)
1207 Front Street
Leavenworth, WA 98826
May 16 Birdfest Event: Birding by Mountain Bike.
Join Audubon member Karen Haire and Christine Munley, owner of Das Rad Haus, on an afternoon ride on pine-studded ridge tops, looking and listening for birds. Shuttle to the top and fly down by bike. Local bike shops are offering discounted bike rentals and mechanical support. Helmets required. Meet at the Gazebo. Transportation is provided by Das Rad Haus. Pre-registration is required and group limit is 8. See more at www.leavenworthspringbirdfest.com.
Open April – November. Bicycle specialty shop. Rentals, repair and sales. Local maps, trails and knowledge for Leavenworth and the surrounding area including Devils Gulch and Wenatchee. Check them out.
837 Front St.
Leavenworth, WA 98826
An outdoor specialty shop which can fill your needs for hiking, biking, fishing, climbing, skiing, and clothing. They also have a bicycle & ski rental/repair shop which is open 7 days a week.
Cross Country Race and Beer Festival, Saturday June 7, 2014
Schedule may change
The Bavarian Bike & Brew Festival is an IMBA sanctioned XC race featuring a spectacular, but rigorous 8.6 mile loop with 1800 ft elevation gain per lap. Each lap has four creek crossings, challenging single track, and plenty of water bars interlaced throughout the most spectacular scenery you have ever seen. This is not a course for the timid soul, but will challenge all who commit.
And did we mention the brew part?? Camping on site?? Music??
The Bavarian Bike and Brew is teaming up with a new series this year called the “Fat Tire Revolution Series” We are excited to be a part of this 6 race series. Please go to www.rideviciouscycle.com for more information on other events in this series. Registration for Bike and Brew will be online only as before. See you there!
Save on guest rooms – Race attendees save 20% off at the Icicle Village Resort June 6 and June 7, 2014 so call 800-961-0162 and ask for the “race rate”
to make a reservation.
Start Times for the Leavenworth Bike and Brew Festival (subject to change)
CAT3 – Beginner 9:00 AM
CAT2 – Sport 10:30 AM
CAT1 – Expert 12:30 PM
Register at https://www.bikereg.com/Net/18516
Please note: Bike and Brews is PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY and limited to 450!
This event does sell out so be sure to get signed up early.
Awards Ceremony for all categories 5:00 PM
Race packets will be available the night before at Uli’s Pub in Leavenworth. Slackers can sign up then but will be hazed, ridiculed, and charged a ridiculous amount of money… THERE IS NO REGISTRATION ON RACE DAY. WE WILL HAVE A TABLE SET UP FOR NO-SHOWS AND FILL-INS BUT DO NOT BET ON IT. Come to Uli’s on Friday.
After you register online, you must pick up your race number and sign your waiver. You may do this Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm at Uncle Uli’s located at 902 Front Street in Leavenworth or day of the race starting at 7:30am.
The Beer Festival starts at 3:00 PM – cash only at the gate. Must have valid ID, 21 and older. Check back for updates on start time and $15 entrance fee. Live band at the beer festival/awards ceremony is Spare Rib and the Bluegrass Sauce.
Shimano Youth Series 4:45 pm – “Free” to those 12 years and under on small bikes and trikes.
Awards Ceremony for all Categories 5:00 pm.
– Race Results –
Please pre-register online at https://www.bikereg.com/Net/18516
Check for Updates at http://www.dasradhaus.com/events.htm
Bavarian Bike & Brews Festival
XC Race and Beer Festival
1207 Front Street
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Leavenworth Trails Advocacy
According to data published by the USFS and the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation, in the Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee Ranger Districts there is: 1 horseback rider, 4 hikers, and 9 1/2 mountain bikers to each equal length of designated trail.*
Trail Washington is a local trail rights association in Leavenworth Washington. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, enhancement, and maintenance of mountain bike trails. The organization is driven by a philosophy of common sense and environmentalism and promotes the responsible use of public and private lands using established trail building standards that satisfy the diverse skill levels of all mountain bike riders for tourists and the local community.
If you enjoy riding in the Leavenworth area, please consider joining the Icicle Village Resort as members of TRAIL Washington. A registration form is available at www.trailwashington.org.
*Please see references and further information on the TRAIL Washington website
This summer, join Stevens Pass and TRAIL WA for a series of 4 mountain bike rides in the Leavenworth area followed by food, drinks, and good times. For more info see www.trailwashington.org.
Leavenworth Summer Series Rides
Freund Loop: 8.5mi/1,500ft vertical/ smooth non-technical single track
Round Mountain: Experience the beauty of the Wenatchee Lake area on this high mountain ride. We’ll shuttle most of the uphill to a scenic vista where fast sweeping single track winds down the end of Nason Ridge.
Icicle Ridge: Best views of Leavenworth anywhere! We’ll leave directly from “South” restuarant for this ride. Push your limits to see how far up the ridge you can make it, or simply take it easy and turn back to town when you’ve had your fill.
Loop Dnuerf: Pronounced “d-nerf”, this non-technical/1,500ft vertical/ 8.5mi smooth single track may seem familiar but it’s definitely a totally different ride when approached this way…
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Wenatchee National Forest
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Both the Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee (509-763-3103, 22960 State Hwy 207) Ranger Stations (the “Wenatchee River Ranger District”) can provide information on outdoor recreation and trailhead permits. Trail users will find about 2,500 miles of recreation trails available for hiking, horse use, trail biking, and mountain pedal bike use.
Bikers of all ages can choose from hundreds of miles of recreation trails and roads of varying length and difficulty on the Wenatchee National Forest. There are low-elevation trails in the sage-covered fringes of the forest (great for springtime rides), trails in the timbered zones, and high country trails traversing alpine terrain. Remember that wilderness areas are closed to bikes. Please see this page and look under Biking to see trails that are open to mountain biking in the area. Some of the more popular areas to ride are the Devils Gulch area (Leavenworth), Lower Chiwawa (Lake Wenatchee), Lake Creek (Entiat) and Echo Ridge Ski Area (Chelan).
Day users and overnight users parking at most other district trailheads are required to display the regional NW Forest Pass. In Leavenworth passes are available at Der Sportsman, Icicle Quik Stop 76 gas station, Leavenworth Mountain Sports, Das Rad Haus, and Sleeping Lady Gift Shop.
21312 Highway 207
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Located by Lake Wenatchee about 20 minutes from the Icicle Inn
Mountain Bike the Majestic Cascades
Vans shuttle riders 20 miles into the mountains, and riders make the leisurely 4-5 hour cruise back down to the starting point. Leavenworth Outfitters offer mountain bike rental/livery and guided tours, ranging from half day to full day adventures. Rides are easy and family friendly. April through October. Rental/Livery $45.00. Minimum age 11 years.
Devil’s Gulch in Cashmere
Devil’s Gulch is one of Washington’s premier mountain bike destinations. Not for the faint of heart, this breathtaking 13 mile descent will satisfy even the most hardened mountain biker. Mission Ridge Trail intersects Devil’s Gulch so stay to the left at the crossing to stay on Devil’s Gulch. Many people shuttle to the top for an enjoyable downhill only ride. Remember to take along extra water, especially in hot weather!
Directions to Devils Gulch:
From Leavenworth head east on Highway 2 to Cashmere. Take the first exit and then drive straight on Division Street through the stop light. The road will curve around a corner and become Pioneer Street. Turn left onto Mission Creek Road and drive for a half mile. Turn right across Mission Creek and then turn left back onto Mission Creek Road. The road will turn to gravel after 7 miles. On the gravel road, take the road that forks to the left (#7100) and follow it for 2.7 miles. There is a parking area and trail head. Remember that you will need a Forest Park Pass to park in the lots. It may be purchased at Das Rad Haus in Leavenworth on your way out of town. The trail ranges between fast downhill and steep climbs to grandiose views. The usual route is to head out on Devils Gulch Trail #1220 for the climb and loop back on Mission Ridge Trail #1201. For those seeking a more gentle climb, you can follow the dirt road #7100 past the parking area and continue on your bike on #7100 for about 10 miles then turn right on road #9712 for about a mile and watch for the trailhead to Devils Gulch Trail #1220. Either way you choose, bring lots of sunscreen and water.
Mountain biking Devils Gulch Trail is sinfully delicious
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 5, 2002
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Click trail name for PDF Mountain Bike Trail maps from the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce.
|Trails Near Leavenworth||Comments:||Length in Miles|
|Chikamin Ridge (or Chikamin Creek Loop)||Lake Wenatchee||17 miles – 5 hours, difficult, single track|
|Lower Chiwawa Trail||Lake Wenatchee||16 miles – 4 hours, difficult, single track|
|NewEagle Creek||Leavenworth||7mi, 1,725ft vertical, combination of double/single track in one of the most beautiful valleys off the Chumstick|
|Loop Dnuerf||LeavenworthPronounced “d-nerf”||this non-technical/1,500ft vertical/ 8.5mi smooth single track may seem familiar but it’s definitely a totally different ride when approached this way.|
|Freund Canyon – Intermediate Link to Freund Canyon Parking on Google Maps||1 to 3 hours, Helathy road and singletrack climb; 1,580-foot gain||8.3 miles
Loop; singletrack, doubletrack some photos on pinkbike.com from around Leavenworth
|Freund – Drive East on Highway 2 through Leavenworth, turn left at the traffic light onto the Chumstick Road. Follow signs to Plain. At 1.7 miles turn left onto Freund Canyon. The road immediately bends to the right. At 2.3 miles turn left onto a dirt road #7702. At 2.4 miles take the left fork then at 2.8 miles take the left fork again. At three miles you will reach a gate. Park here. Note: There are private driveways along this road, please use caution and respect private property. You may need to park along Freund Canyon Road. Link to Google Maps One of the best single-track trails in the Leavenworth Area and home to the Bavarian Bike and Brews Race. This skinny single track switchbacks straight up and then goes straight down with lots of fun jumping burms (water bars). Make sure to pause for a moment at the top and take in the panoramic views of the Leavenworth valley and the surrounding orchards. From the gate follow the dirt road to it’s end at 1.4 miles. Go around the right side of the large slash pile and curve around to the left (don’t climb up the slash pile). The single track trail begins on the other side of the slash pile. A little over 5 miles you will reach the top of the ridge. Stay to the left at the fork and begin the fast descent back to your car.|
Lower Ribbed… a trail transecting Freund
Lower Ribbed… a trail transecting Freund
|Devils Gulch Trail – Intermediate
Link to Devils Gulch Trailhead on Google Maps
|Cashmere – Long, relentless dirt-road climb; 3,380-foot gain||24.9 miles Loop – 4 to 6 hours, single track &/or dirt road|
|Mission Ridge Trail – Advanced||Cashmere – Long, relentless dirt-road climb; 4,020-foot gain.
Trail difficult to find past Magnet Creek junction.
|26.3 mile Loop – 4 to 7 hours, single track, dirt road; views|
|Devils Gulch and Mission Ridge – among the most popular mountain biking trails in Washington State, Devils Gulch and Mission Ridge are great for either an epic ride or for shuttle runs. The views are incredible and overlook different parts of the Wenatchee Valley. For a long scenic climb with a fast and furious decent take Devils Gulch Trail #1220 and loop back on Mission Ridge Trail #1201. For an easier climb take the dirt road #7100 continuing past the parking area for 10 miles and take a right turn on road #9712. Ride about a mile and find the trail head for Devils Gulch Trail #1220.If you plan on climbing remember to bring lot’s of water as it can be quite warm and the air is very dry.Driving Directions: From Leavenworth, drive East on US Highway 2, go 4 miles past Hwy 97. Turn right on Division Street on the West end of Cashmere. Follow for a little under a mile and go left on Mission Creek Road (CR 11). In .5 miles go right and cross Mission Creek. Quickly veer left and in about 6 miles continue on road #7100 (dirt road) for 2.5 miles to the trailhead. GPS 47.430097 North by 120.508218 West. Link to Google Maps.|
|Pipeline Trail – Advanced||2 to 3 hours, Steep climbs, hike-a-bike; 1,180-foot gain.||12.2 Miles
Loop; singletrack, dirt road
|4th of July Creek Trail||Steep with numerous switchbacks.||5.3 miles|
|Icicle Ridge Trail||Open up to Wilderness boundary near 4th of July trail intersection.||24.6 miles|
|Icicle Road||Leavenworth||10 miles – 3 hours, easy, paved road|
|Mad Lake – S Ascent||Lake Wenatchee||18 miles – 6 hours, difficult, single track|
|This trail is usually open mid July through mid October. please check with the Lake Wenatchee ranger district for current information: 509-763-3103. Driving Directions: From Leavenworth, start your odometer after you pass the gas station on the corner of Icicle Road and Highway 2 West (Coles Corner). Drive 14.5 miles on Hwy 2 West and take a right on route #207 following signs to Lake Wenatchee/Fish Lake Recreation Area (or if traveling from Stevens Pass go 20.2 miles and take a left on #207). Go 4.4 miles on #207 and, just after crossing the Wenatchee River, turn right on Chiwawa River Road. Follow this road past the Midway Store and Thousand Trails Campground to a dirt road #6100. Follow #6100 to the Deep Creek Campground and turn right on road #6101. Continue on #6101 for 6.7 miles until you reach Maverick Saddle (at the junction of road #6101 and #5200). Park here by the hairpin turn approximately 18 miles from Chiwawa Valley Road. Note: Road #6101 is not recommended for low clearance vehicles.|
|Mountain Home Road||Leavenworth||13 miles – 5 hours, dirt road|
|Nason Ridge||Lake Wenatchee||18 miles – 3 hours, difficult, single track|
|Driving Directions: From Leavenworth, start your odometer after you pass the gas station on the corner of Icicle Road and Highway 2 West (Coles Corner). Drive 14.5 miles on Hwy 2 West and take a right on route #207 following signs to Lake Wenatchee/Fish Lake Recreation Area (or if traveling from Stevens Pass go 20.2 miles and take a left on #207). Go 3.6 miles and turn left on Cedar Brae Road (follow the signs to Nason Creek Campground). At 4 miles Cedar Brae Road turns left (follow the signs to Kahler Glen). At 4.3 miles turn left following signs to Kahler Glen. At 4.5 miles bear right at the fork. At 4.6 miles, you will reach the Nason Ridge trailhead. Park on the right.|
|Negro Creek Trail||2 miles|
|Red Hill Trail||8 miles|
|Red Hill Spur Trail||8 miles|
|Five Mile Road||Leavenworth||6|
|King Creek Road||Leavenworth||8|
|Lake View Trail||Leavenworth||16|
|Lake Wenatchee State Park||Lake Wenatchee||13|
|Little Wenatchee River Road||Leavenworth||5|
|Pole Ridge||Lake Wenatchee||12 miles – 3 hours, dirt road|
|Tronsen Meadow Loops||Leavenworth||10|
|Ribbed||Leavenworth||Off of Freund|
|Tres Ambres||Leavenworth area||Open again
|Wenatchee River Road||Leavenworth (10 miles West)||8.5 – 2 hours, easy, dirt road.|
|Xanadu – the road to Xanadu is in use for logging a fire zone and so the trail is closed. Please check back mid June for an update||You’ll find a trail with this name on MTBR under “z”.||Freeride Downhill Open again|
|“Crazy, Sick, Fun Relatively easy fire road duo track climb up to the ridge top and then a knarly steep, narrow singletrack descent w/no room for error. Two highly technical sections. The first is a hairpin turn followed by a nasty 6 to 8 foot boulder drop that’s rideable followed a short time later by a huge slick rock that’s super steep w/just enough loose gravel and sand on it to keep you traveling at a good clip before bailing off another steep drop which is also rideable but tricky. If you can find it you will most likely really like it or hate it.”|
|The Stranger (?)||Wenatchee
Up Mission Ridge Ski area, take the Pipeline trail, and about half way in between there is the trailhead for The Stranger
|Advanced Some photos on pinkbike.com (mix from around the Northwest)|
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Bellingham Washington Mountain Biking:
Special thanks to:
Kona Bikes for staying at the Icicle Inn while in town!
Transition Bikes for great mountain bike photos of Leavenworth!
IMBA Trail Care Crew for staying at the Aspen Suites at the Icicle Village Resort
Methow Valley Mountain Biking:
Methow Valley Sport Trail Association (mountain bike trails and maps for the Methow Valley around Highway 20, Mazama, Winthrop, Sun Mountain, Twisp, and Carlton.)
Lake Chelan Mountain Bike Festival, June 19-20, Echo Ridge, Lake Chelan. (509) 682-8683, www.roundandround.com.
Chelan Valley Cycling Club – It is their intention to give you the best information on bicycling and mountain biking in the Lake Chelan Valley that they can.
More great resources for mountain biking in Washington:
Washington State DOT Bicycling in Washington
Orcas Island www.wildlifecycles.com
Yakima valleycyclingandfitness.com (have Yakima area maps)
Links mtb.live.com (“The Internet’s mountain bike park”)
Washington State http://www.washingtonactivities.com (site being developed)
Mountain biking in British Columbia:
www.gutsploder.com (incredible freeride maps and pictures!)
Freeriding and Mountain Biking in BC (trailpeak)
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