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Deepen your connection with the natural world by Mountain Biking in Central Washington. Devil's Gulch is Central Washington's best known mountain bike ride, but there are many other options just waiting to be explored in Cle Elum and Roslyn, Teanaway, Ellensburg, Thorp, and more!

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Palouse To Cascades State Park Trail
150 Lake Easton State Park Road
Easton, WA 98925
The Palouse To Cascades State Park Trail, part of the Washington State Park System, is a 1,612-acre (7 km2) state park located in the Cascade Mountains and Yakima River Valley, between Cedar Falls on the west and the Columbia River on the east.

The park is contiguous with a rail trail that crosses Snoqualmie Pass. The trail is located within the former right-of-way of The Milwaukee Road, officially the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. Most of the right-of-way between Cedar Falls and the Idaho border was acquired by the state, through a quitclaim deed, as a result of the railroad's 1977 bankruptcy. As part of the reorganization of the company, the railroad embargoed its lines west of Miles City, MT in 1980 and ceased service in Washington.

The state acquired the land in the early 1980s and eventually converted the right of way west of the Columbia River into 110 miles (177 km) of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trail. The trail, formerly called Iron Horse Park is now known as the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail.
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Roslyn  
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The Rat Pac Ridge Trail
Rat Pac Trail is a 4-mile downhill fast, swoopy trail with exciting gravity drops, jumps, a gravity bowl, various skinnies, ladders, and a few pucker-inducing features, including the infamous Rock - an elevated ladder-to-boulder with severe consequence.
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Fishhook Flats
Near Cle Elum, WA

Meander along a river bottom, climb Taneum ridge, then drop down into Fishhook flats on delicious singletrack. From there you can opt to either cross the river and hook into the North Fork Taneum trail, or scoot back out to the road and up the drainage to gain another 4 miles or so of smooth buttah North Fork moto singletrack on the return. Either way, be prepared to wade across the creek multiple times.

No epic views from this route, but the forest and creek are beautiful in their own right. Wildlife sightings of grouse, deer, and elk aren't uncommon and there's always the possibility of spotting the more elusive black bear or cougar.

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Lower Taneum
Near Teanaway, WA

Ramble slowly uphill along the south fork Taneum creek on a degrading dirt road/ORV trail through dense pine/fir/tamarack forest, pay your dues by climbing 700 feet in about 1.5 miles along a sun-exposed dirt road, do a little up/down on open pine forested ORV trail on the top of the ridge with fantastic views... then fly the swoopy, bermed trail to the bottom.

The stiff climb and loose/rutted/steep conditions going down make this route unsuitable for beginners or those training strictly for the all-beer-olympics. Those with intermediate fitness and bike handling skills will find 2-3 hours of fun. This loop can also be added to many other routes in the area for those in search of more epic adventures.

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Bicycle Friendly Community
The League of American Bicyclists has recognized Ellensburg as a Bicycle Friendly Community. Ellensburg received a Silver Level award, joining only 73 others that have been so recognized across the country. The award recognizes Ellensburg's commitment to bicycling through bike promotion, education, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
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Shoestring Lake Loop
Ellensburg, WA 98926
7 Miles, elevation: 1000'.  Ride along the Shoestring Lake Trail (#1385). At the junction with Hereford Meadows Trail (#1207, turn left and continue downhill. At the junction with South Fork Manastash Trail (#1386), turn left onto the trail. The trail ends at a road. Go right on the road to the "T" and then go left on the single-track trail through a clear cut. At the end of the Single-track, go left. Follow this winding trail into a dense forest. Continue across a road. The trail will veer to the left and follow the South Fork Manastash Trail. Turn right at the Shoestring lake Trail, and ride back.

Maps available at the Ellensburg Recycle Bike Shop.

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The Book
Ellensburg, WA 98926
This tough 8.9-mile, 1,800-foot climb takes you through dry, sun-exposed sagebrush country overlooking Ellensburg, the Kittitas Valley, and beyond. The higher you climb, the better the views, a grand reward for your efforts.  At the top it's a tradition to write your name, or anything else for that matter, in the notebook in the metal box for everyone to enjoy. The ride to the top is a reward in itself, but the real reward is the exhilarating 2.1-mile descent that follows -- a plunge from the rocks to the road which parallels the irrigation ditch at the end of the loop. The Book is an advanced-level climb without tree cover but one that is well worth the effort, if you're up for it!

Check out Ellensburg's local Bike shop for a map!

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Taneum Ridge Trail
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Distance 8.5 miles, Elevation: 1400'.  Ride up road #3300 to an unmarked road (The Low Road) on the left, go left on the unmarked road. Follow the road and stay right until you intersect road #3300 again.  Rode the road and take a left at the South Fork Meadow road.  Follow the road to the South Fork Taneum Trail (#1367). Take the Fishook Flats Trail (#1378), cross one road until you intersect the Taneum Ridge Trail (#1363), and go right. Follow all the way back to the parking area.

A map is available at the Ellensburg Recycle Bike Shop.

Roslyn  
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Cooper River Trail
Roslyn, WA 98941
What a great little trek through the Cooper river trail outside of Roslyn. It undulates along for 10.8 miles, through the Wenatchee National Forest. It uses about two miles of paved and gravel roads before it heads onto the Cooper River Trail. There are no extended climbs, which makes it great for the beginner to intermediate biker. It is a great little out-and-back ride with plenty of small roller coaster hills getting some beautiful glimpses of the Cooper river and Lake. There are a couple of options to consider, the simpler one is to ride Pete Lake all the way to the wilderness boundary which has a sign to simply turn back. There are two other trails that ramble up a rocky trail to FR 4616 which parallels Pete Lake Trail. Both trails are tricky but have manageable descents. Both trails are relatively hard to find from the forest road. It might be best to climb the first one, ride up the forest road and make your descent on the second one, then return on Pete Lake Trail. Only a moderate skill level is required for this one to be fun!

Access the trail off of hwy 90 on exit 80, then take Bullfrog Road and head toward Salmon La Sac Campground.

Roslyn  
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Coal Mines Trail
Roslyn, WA 98922
The Coal Miners Trail was established in 1994 as a cooperative effort of the City of Cle Elum, Roslyn and Kittitas County and is dedicated to the pioneers who first settled in this area. This interpretive trail is the original trail that the coal miners took to the mines, and is the old abandoned Burlington Northern Rail Bed, from the late 1880's to 1963, when the last mine in Roslyn closed with little market for coal after the railroads converted to diesel engines in the years prior.

A walk on the trail affords visitors a firsthand look at the coal-mining heritage through the remains of Roslyn's mines, at the railroad depot site and barn, and at Powder House Road where dynamite was stored. You may also view the Coal Miners Memorial located in Roslyn. The official trail is charted at 4.7 miles from Flagpole Park to Ronald with opportunity to explore various spur trails, as well as going to the ethnic Roslyn cemetery where many of the miners are buried. The "easy" trail is open for multi-use, including trekkers, horses, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, sled dogs, and snowmobilers. It is closed to all motorized vehicles except for snowmobiles in the winter.

Thorp  
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Joe Watt Canyon
Near Thorp, WA

Wildlife/DNR area that has generally passed under the radar for mountain bikes. There is some single track, a lot of double track, and a LOT more to explore. Pine forest, prairie, and shrub-steppe ecosystems collide in this area, and climbing onto the plateaus offers incredible vistas from Ellensburg, through the Stuarts, and even some of the Alpine lakes region peaks.

No campfires allowed from April 15 to October 15. Each winter the gates are locked and the area is closed to all public access for the protection of wintering elk. The closure begins upon initiation of supplemental feeding, typically in early to mid-December, and reopens May 1.

DISCOVER PASS REQUIRED
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Hereford Meadows / Shoestring Lake / Keenan Meadows
Near Cle Elum, WA

Hereford Meadows and Shoestring Lake/Keenan meadows - both ORV trails in the Manastash drainage- can be ridden separately or combined for a longer ride. There are a variety of ways to approach them including the classic route of riding from the Manastash campground up the 3100 road to the top of Hereford and riding the trail back down. However Bob B. recommended riding up the Hereford trail from Shoestring as an out-and-back, and having tried it I think he's on to something.... the trail is much less dusty than the road, more scenic, and relatively easy. It's also easy to add the Keenan Meadows/Shoestring loop onto the end from there if time allows.

The ride is in trees and high central Cascade meadows. Wildlife, wildflowers, and great views abound, as well as heroic quantities of insects in the late season. If you have time, tacking on the short road climb from the top of Hereford to the Quartz mountain peak (6,296 feet) is well worth the views from the top. Hereford is mostly smooth dirt with only one small rocky section. Shoestring has more rocks throughout to deal with, although there are still sections of very fast, smooth singletrack.

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Esmeralda Basin
Near Teanaway Community Forest, WA
This scenic loop around Esmeralda Peaks is an excellent "mini" Cascade alpine sampler. It is a nice shorter backcountry ride with a solid long singletrack climb and a technical descent full of tricky switchbacks, plenty of root systems and even a bit of exposure to keep you honest. Anticipate 3.5 to 5 hours on trail, though the mileage is relatively short, the singletrack and jeep road climbs will take some time and an occasional hike-a-bike. Parking at the De Roux Campground and pedaling the quick 2 miles to the Esmeralda trailhead provides a nice warm-up as the trail immediately climbs steeply away and you will then finish the ride at your car.
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Amabilis Mountain Trail
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Let's get our hearts pumpin'! Head to Cle Elum on an afternoon and check out this 11.5 mile ride!  With an elevation gain of nearly 2,500 feet this one will be a challenge.  The ride follows initially along gravel road then turns to coarse double track in fairly good condition. Your prize comes at the end when you near the summit of the mountain on one of the valley's sunny days. Views of Mt. Rainier, the Chikamin Ridges and Kachess Lake make the challenge all worth the effort. The climb can become rather demanding in places, mostly in about two or three miles of the trek. The second half of the trip is mostly downhill on firm gravel and dirt.  The trail head begins near the Lake Easton State Park.

Easton  
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Kachess Ridge
Near Easton, WA
Tough Forest Road climb to the top, a bit of hike a bike and then spectacular single track for an hour or more - all downhill to the cars. Breathtaking scenery of the northern Cascades, including Lake Kachess, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Stuart, and more. The singletrack portion of the trail generally follows Silver Creek on a winding descent through shadowy glades, open meadows, sections of head-high wildflowers, and exposed ledges. This is a wilderness ride not for the faint of heart - several hours of endurance required, and richly rewarded.
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Manastash Ridge Trails
Near Ellensburg, WA
Fun XC trails easily accessed from Ellensburg. Manastash Ridge is a non-motorized multi-use area (face of the ridge) with steep hiking trails and more moderate grade trails specific to biking.  The bike trails are signed "Mark Brewery Memorial Trails" and are located east of the hiking trails on more gradual slopes above the mansion.  Some riders detest the beginning double track (~200 meters) due to it's steep and rocky character.  The first corners of the bike specific singletrack can be daunting, but be encouraged that the grade eases up and trails become much more friendly once you get above the fenceline behind the big house.  The trail conditions are typically good year round except for spring thaw.  Avoid these trails when soft conditions exist.  If the double track after the first left turn is soft, the trail should not be ridden.  Trail damage in this soil lasts year round and degrades user experience.  Avoid leaving ruts.
Easton  
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Stafford Creek
Near Easton, WA
Beautiful singletrack trail along the Stafford Creek with a relatively steady 9-10% grade that climbs up to Navajo Pass. From Navajo pass the next mountains to the north are the breathtaking Stuart Mountain Range. Consider leaving the bike at the pass and hiking up the very steep Country Line Trail to Navajo Peak for an even better 360 deg view.

The first (lower) part of the trail features forested canopy and fairly rocky/technical areas, making for a real challenge in the uphill direction, and a lot of fun concentration in the downhill direction.  The trail eventually buffs out a bit into some fairly smooth and flowy singletrack (very fast on the downhill!), and then finally you break out of the canopy and into a treeless, almost martian steppe-like zone of volcanic rock and dust.

The trail is 5.8 miles one-way up to the top, and could be ridden back down to where you started for a total of 11.6 miles. The Stafford Creek trail could be linked to several other trails in the area. Standup Creek trail to the west would seem to be the best option, however that trail is steep, very overgrown with brush in many places, has lots of tight switchbacks, lots of rocks and numerous walk-your-bike creek crossings (in short - I don't recommend it). Standup Creek Trail joins with the Bean Creek trail (haven't been on it). At the top of Navoho Pass the Stafford Creek Trail joins with the County Line Trail no. 1226.1 (steep and primitive) and the Cascade Creek Trail no. 1217 (haven't been on it).
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North Fork Taneum
Near Teanaway, WA
The North Fork Taneum Trail (No. 1377) can be ridden as an out and back, eventually connecting with the South Cle Elum Ridge Trail (No. 1326). The trail is a mix of singletrack alternating with old fire roads. Offroad motorcycles share the trail, so things can get dusty mid summer.








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