Angels Staircase
Key Info
4 of 5 (technical difficulty)
5 of 5 (physical difficulty)
Premium Trail
25 miles total
5000' elevation gain
100% single track
48.22 lat.
-120.267717 long.


This classic loop takes you to the highest singletrack in Washington. You spend a lot of time pedaling at 7000 feet and get as high as 8000 feet. The loop here includes Cooney Lake and Horsehead Pass.

This is a demanding ride with over 5000' of climbing and descent at elevation, lots of loose rocky conditions and hike-a-bike. Average ride times are 5-8hrs. Please carry plenty of food and water, and budget plenty of time to complete the ride safely. The scenery at Cooney lake is especially gorgeous, but do not spend too long here as it's early on in the ride.

Ride Reports

27 | Sep | '14
Rode the classic loop in the CW direction on a stunning fall day.  Left the TH around 9:30 and returned around 5:00PM which included leisurly stops at Cooney and Boiling Lake.  Trail was in great condition from recent rains adn the larches are in full golden glory.  Not many days left to get this loop - go now! On the directions - when yout turn off WA153 you'll turn onto Gold Cree... Read more