38.2 miles
Distance
7,017 ft
Climb
-7,017 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

This is the proposed course for the Cascadian National Marathon XC Championships. Actual mileage is closer to 40-45 as I had to hand draw a couple sections in the map.

Course: Start at Mission Ridge Ski Resort, Climb up past the Chairlifts to the Pipeline Trail and take Pipeline to Beehive Rd. Turn left on Beehive Rd. and follow it to the Tronsen Ridge Trailhead; continue on Tronsen Ridge Trail to Red Hill Trail; proceed on Red Hill Trail; turn left on on Devils Loop; complete Devils Loop and then turn right onto Devils Gulch Trail; Follow Devils Gulch to Devils Spur; turn right onto Squilchuck Rd and climb to the finish at Mission Ridge Ski Resort.

Detailed Description
Cascadian National Marathon XC Championship Course is a 38 mile intermediate race route located near Wenatchee Washington. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction. This route includes 12 trails. This route climbs 7,017 ft with a max elevation of 6,026 ft then descends -7,017 ft.

30 Reviews & Comments

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RoDerv (Jul 15, 2022 at 7:03)
Rode on 6/17/22. Sufferfest with a lot of hike-a-bike. Hundreds of downed trees on the up-trail and road from Tronson Meadow trail across the connector road trail to Tronson Ridge. Tronson Ridge trail is clear of trees. Views are nice for sure but way too much climbing, even on the Tronson Ridge trail. Best suited for Moto in my opinion.
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SakoHirata267 (Jun 22, 2022 at 19:18)
All clear today! Great riding!
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Emailsucks98 (Jun 14, 2022 at 19:48)
AVOID! 06/14/22 - there’s hundreds of trees down on upper mission ridge. The first 1/4 took me an hour and then I could see it got worse farther down. Absolutely not possible.
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JasonNewYork (Oct 5, 2021 at 21:46)
Excellent ride -definitely one of the best in NW. Shuttle to top of Mission and enjoy 2.5 hours of mostly downhill… being careful not to catch an edge!
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voyageurNW (Aug 29, 2021 at 22:26)
From a moto perspective, there'snothing too crazy for a black diamond trail from a technical perspective, but beware of the significant exposure on much of the middle part of the trail. If you slip a tire off in several sections it would be incredibly difficult to recover your bike due to the steep slope and loose footing.
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Gsdraper (Aug 29, 2021 at 11:49)
The trail itself is not so difficult or technical. Some rocks, few roots and no especially steep sections. But this isn’t a flow trail in the model of Raging Ridge, where you cut loose and really fly. The trail is narrow, and much of features steep drops off to the side with high consequence for a mistake. It really takes full concentration and control to get down safely. A very dry, loose surface in late August added to the challenge. Id still call it a blue trail, but the length and surface and high consequence make it one of the more difficult blue trails out there.
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CountMittens (Jun 27, 2021 at 10:13)
The problem with this road, like most other forest roads, is that the elevation grade is designed for motor vehicles and it's too steep to make an enjoyable ride for a biker. On top of that it's a gravel road, so you're losing pealing efficiency to the loose gravel.
Beware ye all who pedal.
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CountMittens (Jun 27, 2021 at 10:10)
The trail is pleasant enough int he South-North direction. A bit rocky, but a good suspension or fat tires will see you through.
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CountMittens (Jun 27, 2021 at 10:08)
Trail Wayhut Road
A murderous climb at the start, 15-20% grade on a gravel road. Get into your lowest gear and deploy your best pedaling technique - you will need every bit of advantage.
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cmmtb (May 29, 2021 at 14:27)
Trail Red Devil
Rode this in the direction mapped (south the north). It was a nice ride through the woods, but a fairly boring trail. It’s almost perfectly smooth with very few fun turns. Not worth the trip to just ride Red Devil.
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SeattleDay80 (Jun 28, 2020 at 6:49)
One of the most fun times I’ve had on my Mtn Bike. Very technical though and calling this a Blue is an understatement. Amazing views. Scary moments on side of cliffs and a lot of fun water. ???? On a hot summer day it’s the best. Be ready to go from Rock to Dirt to mud to sand. Also took me about 2.5 hours. Long ride.
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bhelem (Sep 22, 2019 at 1:40)
This trail is a wicked downhill. Hats off to the trail builders, so well built. Thank you!
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emaw (Jul 7, 2019 at 7:44)
Clear all the way to the Devils Gulch intersection. Traction good in most sections.
The rocky sections can be a challenge for the novice rider like me but are also kinda fun. Nice views but not a lot of shaded trail in the afternoon, don't forget your water.
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Bushpaddler (Sep 11, 2018 at 10:55)
Dusty, clear of trees, awesome and in very good condition despite motorized use.
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annerkc (Sep 4, 2018 at 21:31)
AdventureWenatchee.com for shuttles
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annerkc (Sep 4, 2018 at 21:30)
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Ericandannie (Sep 4, 2018 at 3:28)
Do any bike shops offer shuttles?
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Hairymountainbeast (Jun 22, 2018 at 13:06)
A few chunky rock gardens, but overall a pretty mellow ride in beautiful location!
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illili (Jun 17, 2018 at 21:40)
As others have said, great views. No water supply to filter when I was up there so be prepared. Also highly recommend traveling in larger groups as there were a good deal of fresh animal droppings across various parts of the trail.

I rode this at the end of an already harrowing day, but the initial climb is on the technical but not impossible side. Descents are fun, not nearly as long as red hill. A lot of loose rock sections when descending, so watch for flats.
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ashlemon (Mar 12, 2018 at 9:31)
Trail Red Devil
This trail is a great out and back for a 10 mile, 2500'ish ride. Trail stays in the woods and is well shaded and usually excellent loamy dirt - as opposed to Red Hill and Red Hill spur which are pretty loose and rocky/sandy.
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CurtisAn (Oct 4, 2017 at 16:35)
Is the 7100 forest service road open to drive up and drop off to ride down devil gulch?
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emaw (Oct 4, 2017 at 6:52)
Hiked up to the intersection of Tronsen Ridge and Red Hill trail yesterday, 10/3/17, from the Sand Creek trail head. Spectacular views, gorgeous cloudless skies, no smoke odors. Left Sand Creek at 11:40 AM got back 6:45 PM. My hat is off to any mountain biker who can take on this route up hill.
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i-g-o-r (Sep 6, 2017 at 0:05)
Just awesome. Up or down.
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i-g-o-r (Sep 6, 2017 at 0:03)
Gnarly descent and great views. Just don't go beyond the Five mile TH. Too much hike a biking and not worth it
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i-g-o-r (Sep 5, 2017 at 23:59)
Excellent climb but can get slippery when wet in early season. I usually go down Red hill spur but this isa fine descent too.
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i-g-o-r (Sep 5, 2017 at 23:58)
Trail Red Devil
The dapp scent towards Sandy creek is super flowy and my favorite in the area. You can combine the ccw Red hill spur loop with the lower Devils Gulch and Mission ridge for an epic early season route
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bizango-x (May 29, 2017 at 19:07)
Trail Red Devil
We rode it ccw from the Devil's Gulch trailhead. I wouldn't want to ride it the other way, but I can see starting at the Sand Creek trailhead being a good option as well...the downhill into that area was one of the most fun.
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ACree (Jul 19, 2016 at 16:21)
Given that this map has hand drawn sections and the event never happened, perhaps this route should simply be deleted until the actual gps routes are uploaded?
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sngltrkmnd (May 28, 2015 at 8:47)
Trail Red Devil
I recommend parking at the Red Devil TH to begin a Devils Gulch/Mission Ridge loop. After finishing MR, ride down Mission Creek road to Sand Creek Rd and hang a left to get back to your vehicle.
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dhance (May 17, 2016 at 15:26)
Trail Red Devil
Or just ride Red Devil back. It's fun both ways, but I prefer the ride from Devil's Gulch TH to Sand Creek TH.
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  • Race Course
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  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
More Stats for Cascadian National Marathon XC Championship Course mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
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  • Altitude min
    1,790 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,603 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,603 ft
  • Grade max
    -70.8%
  • Grade min
    45.7%
  • Distance climb
    20 miles
  • Distance down
    18 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,047 ft
Avg: 4 (2 votes)
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Mission Ridge into Devils Gulch - Wenatchee, WA
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Devil's Gulch: Part 2
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The second part of the Devil's Gulch descent. For some fun stuff watch the end of part 3!

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Red Devil
Sep 4, 2022 @ 6:24pm
Sep 4, 2022
Some brush and some pretty significantly rutted areas from moto use. There is a large tree down approximately 2 miles from the Sand Hill trail head that will require a dismount and bike carry.
Red Hill Spur
Sep 4, 2022 @ 6:22pm
Sep 4, 2022
A little brush here and there. The descent shows the moto use, some sections have a lot a loose big rocks, and you'll encounter significant trail rutting in places.
Red Hill Trail
Sep 4, 2022 @ 6:20pm
Sep 4, 2022
A little brushy in places but not crazy bad. A few parts are pretty V'ed out from moto use. Otherwise a decent climb,
Devil's Gulch
Aug 27, 2022 @ 9:53am
Aug 27, 2022
Upper Mission Ridge
Jul 14, 2022 @ 9:03am
Jul 14, 2022
Cleared out this year but there are some loose rocks. Not hot, and views are great.
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