10.8 miles
Distance
1,808 ft
Climb
-1,793 ft
Descent
01:25:05
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Rendezvous Basin Loop Trail
  • Range Cows
    Builder

Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    May-November
  • eBike Allowed
    No
  • TTFs on trail
    Berm, Jump, Ladder Bridge
  • Global Ranking
    #589
  • Year Opened
    2011
  • Land Manager
    USFS

Go to the intersection with Rendezvous Basin Road, above Edelweiss, after driving up East Fawn Creek Road, passing through an open steel gate. You'll park immediately to the left, but note that the trail starts up immediately on the right side of the intersection. From Goat Creek Road to the trailhead is 1.7 miles.

To begin this ride, start on the right, opposite from the trail finish, at the entry sign into singletrack marked Start Me Up, an arrow, and a Rendezvous Basin Loop sign. After a switchback climb, follow the singletrack to the right. Follow this section as it curves around the south side of the hill, with great views from a couple of open overlooks. Turn right at a junction and follow the obvious trail. It will curve around a big down tree and over three small creeks on ladder bridges.

Continue, following the singletrack on the $8 Rake trail. Continue following singletrack, well into the Grizzly Mtn area. Cross a dirt doubletrack and continue following the trail, signed as Cowtown, on singletrack. This winds around for about another mile, and eventually drops steeply onto a narrow dip, then up and quickly turns right, crosses a dirt road and onto singletrack again onto the Raisin Bran section.

Exit the singletrack from Raisin Bran onto Gunn Ranch Road and head straight across the road onto more singletrack. In a few yards, look for the wooden sign for Witches Run and follow the signs and markers.

Follow the trail through dense woods, and following more dense thickets (with a Blair Witch Project feel), you'll reach a clear-cut. Follow the doubletrack along the edge (clear-cut and hillside on your right) and continue about 1⁄2 mile, watching for the points where the trail re-enters the woods on singletrack immediately after a little dip. Continue on singletrack through more open terrain, basically following the broad ridgeline, then dipping sharply to the right and climbing up toward Gardner Hut on more singletrack.

At Gardner Hut, get back on singletrack on the other side of the hut, and ride through on the curvy and skinny trail for about 1⁄2 mile and finally curving to the left and up, crossing doubletrack, then passing through a fence line (gate), and turn left onto singletrack just on the other side of the fence. This fence line trail is called Cub Trail.

Follow Cub Trail across until it dumps out right at Rendezvous Pass. Cross the cattle grate and immediately look for singletrack to the right that heads toward Rendezvous Hut. This section of trail traverses above the road, then crosses the road and circles clockwise around the crown of a knoll, then reaches Rendezvous Hut. When you reach Rendezvous Hut, continue past the hut and onto level, rocky singletrack for another 200 yards, and look for the wooden sign for Brita on the left side.

Enter singletrack here, and continue following singletrack. Some steep, loose and rutted descents are in this section; ride fast and take chances!
There is a road crossing here. Immediately cross the road and head back onto more singletrack. Note the wooden sign marked Happy Ending.

Smile for a mile of flowing fun, then watch for a banked right turn that continues (and avoids the old upper trailhead) down to finish right where you parked the car. This trail exits on the road directly across from the start. There is a trail sign that reads This Is The End at the very finish, at the 3-way road junction.

PLEASE NOTE: Parking has recently changed as of about 06/16. See notes above.

Also, there is a nice, little route below the new parking area that takes you to an excellent valley overlook. When you enter that trail (unmarked, but obvious) bear right as going straight will take you down to Edelweiss. The trail is a loop and will bring you out on the trail that goes down to Edelweiss. Turn left to ride back up to the parking area.

Access Info

From Winthrop, travel about 10 miles west on Hwy 20 to Goat Creek Road on your right (just before crossing over the Methow River before Mazama) and take a right. Follow Goat Creek Road for 1/2 mile to NF-100 (Rendezvous Basin Rd) turn off on the right (or from Mazama, just follow Goat Creek road east out of town about three miles until you reach NF-100 on your left).

Please note the map is as accurate as possible. But the ride route is very obvious and a map is not really needed. Remember things change. Be prepared, capable, and self-reliant.

Average ride time is about 90-120 minutes. Distance is about 11 miles. All singletrack!

Disclaimer

Restrictions: Keep the barbed wire gates closed. Respect the ranchers and range cows please.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Rendezvous Basin Loop mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    14 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,096 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,097 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,096 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,111 ft
  • Grade
    0.025%
  • Grade max
    -26.293%
  • Grade min
    61.435%
  • Distance climb
    2.5 miles
  • Distance down
    3.3 miles
  • Distance flat
    4.9 miles
  • Avg time
    01:25:05
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on Sep 4, 2016
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Avg: 5 (6 votes)

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Rendezvous Basin... Trail Reports

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This trail rolls through open range land, you may run in to cows and cow poop on the trail. There are 2 barbed wire/wood gates (first gate approx...
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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 2
flag ssort (Jul 11, 2016 at 10:49)
 This is a terrific loop with lots of variation in terrain. You can mix up the routing and create some fun alternatives. Note that it is not recommended that the final sections of trail system be ridden backward. That is Rendezvous Hut to the parking area (Brita to Happy Ending) is very much a downhill trail system. The cows did not envision it or create it for ascending.
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flag uberstein (Jul 17, 2016 at 16:47)
 Nice loop! All single track, and a terrific diverse mix of riding.
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