New Trails constructed/opened in 2014 - Dust to Glory, Minor Threat, Water Bar Heaven, T-Bone, lower segment of Switchback Alley.
New Trails constructed in 2015 - Outback connector, trail from Waterbar Heaven to Bergman Gulch.
General: A network of 30 miles of mostly beginner and intermediate level trails that are 20 minutes from Chelan. The trails are fast and flowy.....the best trails to ride are Outback (counter-clockwise) , Switchback Alley, Shoe, Morning Glory, Ridgeview, Dust to Glory, Minor Threat, Water Bar Heaven, Nowhere to Hide, Somewhere to Ride, Far East, Big and Little Critter, and the Shoe Spur. While many of the the trails, that are nordic ski in the winter, may not be technical enough for some, the views of Lake Chelan and snow capped peaks of the North Cascades which are seen from most of the trails are worth the drive.
For the best downhill riding you need to start your ride from Echo Valley. Use the courtesy parking lot just past Chelan Rentals Resort and start your climb on one of these trails to the top (Switchback Alley, Bergman Gulch, or Waterbar Heaven). Note that Bergman Gulch is closed to mountain bikes until July 1st.
Best Descents: All end at Echo Valley Downhill Ski Area/Chelan Rentals Resort (Park at the bottom of the Bergman Gulch Trail not the Ski Area)
- From High Five Junction: Ridgeview or Morning Glory, Upsy Daisy, Lot to Lot, Minor Threat, Left or Right on the Shoe, Switchback Alley
- From Top of Spur on the Outback at elevation 4324': Descend Spur, left on the Outback, Right on brand new Outback connector, right on Waterbar Heaven, left on Cooper Road (150 yards), left on brand new single track
- From High Five Junction: Little Critter, Somewhere to Ride, Shoe Spur, Shoe (either direction), Switchback Alley
- From High Five Junction: Far East, Dust to Glory, Waterbar Heaven, left on Cooper Road, left on brand new single track
Shuttling is very easy and provides multiple descent options from the Upper & Lower Echo Parking Lots, North Junction, High Five Junction, and Spaghetti Junction.
Trails are very well marked and most of the trail intersections have maps posted, and you can scan the QR codes on the maps for a map download. New maps have been posted for 2015.
Also, there are great trails for the little rippers in the family. If your kids can ride up some moderate hills, start your ride from the upper most parking lot by the yurt and take Nowhere to Hide, Road 8010,Morning Glory, Chickadee, Nuthatch for a fun loop.
No Camping or campfires are permitted within the trail system or at Trailheads but there are a wide variety of accomodations nearby.
Spring - The trail system is normally is open for riding in early-mid April with good trail conditions. Trails on the west side of the system melt out first. Great wildflowers into early June.
Summer - Between the elevation gain on the drive up to the trailhead and the hilltop location, the trails are a bit cooler than down at the lake. To beat the summer heat just ride early in the morning or late evening. Trails on the east side of the system provide some shade but trails on the west side are exposed and there is little tree cover. Trails can get dusty later in the summer.
Fall - Great conditions in the fall after a few rain storms. Trails are usually snow free well into November.
Winter - Specific trails may be open to fatbikes in the winter of 2015-16. Contact the Chelan Ranger District for current info at 509-682-4960.
There is NO WATER here, so be sure to bring plenty.
Chelan and Manson are full sevice resort communties along Lake Chelan. Check out the website for in depth info on the Lake Chelan Valley: http://www.lakechelan.com/
There are rental cabins that provide direct access to the trail system: Chelan Rentals - Cabins.
Here is a link to Cycle Central that has a store in Chelan during the summer months: Cycle Central
Nearby Rides: Two East Side Mountain Bike Classics are easily within striking distance if you are staynig in the Chelan Valley.....Devils Backbone/Pot Peak Trail and the Angels Staircase Loop. Due to their elevation these trails don't open up until July. Chelan Butte provides a fun 2700' single track descent trail that basically ends in downtown Chelan. Just ride or shuttle up the 2700' climb on what the locals call the "Butte Road" which is located across from Lakeside City Park.