20.4 miles
3,602 ft
-3,599 ft
4,937 ft
High Point

Great Sun Mountain 20 mile sampler. Utilizes most of the new trails at Sun Mountain to make a great loop. Uses Climb It to Thompson Pass, Pete's Dragon to Wild Turkey/Woodpecker intersection, then descend Woodpecker to Goshawk and the beginning of the Ridge Trail. Once you've completed the Ridge, enjoy the descent of Pete's Dragon and Magpie back to Chickadee TH

Detailed Description
Chickadee to Thompson Ridge Trail loop is a 20 mile popular expert route located near Winthrop Washington. This mountain bike primary route. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 3,602 ft with a max elevation of 4,937 ft then descends -3,599 ft.
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24 Reviews & Comments

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caribooyj WLCC (Sep 9, 2022 at 19:37)
This trail is simply amazing. I own a trail planning and trail construction company and have to give kudos to the builders/planners of this trail. One of the best climbing lines I've ridden. Super fun and flowy downhill. I highly recommend this trail and will be back for sure.
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josephrbrown EMBA-METHOW (Sep 9, 2022 at 19:51)
glad you enjoyed the RIdge!
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roadwarriorc (Aug 19, 2022 at 14:28)
Thompson Ridge, and all of the other closed Sun Mountain trails, reopened Aug.19. The climb hasn't changed much, but some of the upper sections roll through burn scar and grey moon dust. Lots of green understory in the burned sections. The views are amazing and there are lots of features on the down to keep you smiling and on your toes. Get up there soon before it's blown out. Thanks so much to EMBA Methow for driving the resto effort!
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Soggybikecommuter (Jun 12, 2022 at 16:41)
It’s still recovering from the fire. Ride it softly and respectfully.
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GalbraithShredder75 (May 24, 2022 at 21:16)
Is the lower part of this trail open? Or is the whole thing open? How about wild turkey?
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josephrbrown EMBA-METHOW (May 25, 2022 at 6:16)
The north end of the Thompson Ridge trail is open as an out an back. From the intersection of Thompson Ridge Road, Lower Climb It and Thompson Ridge Trail, you can ride up CCW until you see the closure sign and then back down
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Christophery96MNg (Oct 16, 2021 at 14:27)
Technically closed due to fire. Still rideable, barely. Very first part is on the fire break and hard to follow (head left and contour), but once out of the fire break, the trail is easy to follow. Lots of debris and down trees but worth it to see the varied impact of the fire. Some portions are untouched, others are blasted volcanic dustscape. Rumor has it you need to turn back at Gobblers, but I ran out of time before I got that far. Slow going.
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josephrbrown EMBA-METHOW (Oct 16, 2021 at 15:00)
Thompson Ridge is closed and is a sensitive rehab zone. The only portion of the trail that is open for access is from Thompson Ridge Road to The donut below Gobblers Knob. Please refrain from using other parts of the trail as this just prolongs the rehab and recovery process. Thanks for your understanding
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Christophery96MNg (Oct 16, 2021 at 17:32)
Yes, it is the section from Thompson Ridge Road to Gobblers I am referring to - the “first half” if doing the trail the usual direction. I was told by the LBS it was open. But the sign at the bottom said closed. You are saying one section open. Can you please clarify exactly what is open?
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josephrbrown EMBA-METHOW (Oct 16, 2021 at 17:53)
Sorry it’s confusing. The intended direction for TR is clockwise from south to north. So the last section would be Gobblers to TR road. This last section is what is open as an out and back, starting and finishing at TR road. The open section was recently cleared for access. Thanks for asking!
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Kolbyw (May 3, 2022 at 8:13)
Any update on the trail?
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josephrbrown EMBA-METHOW (May 3, 2022 at 8:26)
Currently closed and undergoing restoration work for hazard tree removal and tread rehab. Hope to share more information as available
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Kolbyw (May 3, 2022 at 12:30)
Thanks Joseph! Are there any other trails in the area that I need to check out? Planning on spending a few days in the area.
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josephrbrown EMBA-METHOW (May 3, 2022 at 12:47)
Check out Coal Creek which is nearby
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padrefan1982 (Jun 29, 2021 at 22:53)
Only ridden once, but based on what I experienced, the recommended clockwise plan is the way to go.
Worth the time and effort— be aware you’re gotta summit 3 different times on trail (and be ready for switchbacks all the way), and make sure to leave gas in the tank for the decent—long and so good. There is a ton of sun exposure all the way, so plan accordingly.
Options abound for jumps too, but its got backcountry flair so expect signs telling you what is coming— ride heads up and you should be fine.
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y7qpTT (Jun 28, 2021 at 13:32)
The climbing portion is so well designed. There’s flat spots punctuating gradual climb sections to offer some rest without stopping. It’s a long gradual climb, but not at all grueling.

Went starting early in the morning in June, the entire route has a perfect amount of shade. The scenery was just top notch the whole way.

Coming down was closer to a black than blue in some spots. Watch out for loose dirt on the edge of the narrow track. Losing concentration means slipping off sideways like I did.
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reedrunner92 (Jun 13, 2021 at 12:29)
While (as of June 2021) this is technically a two-way trail, I highly recommend that you ride this loop clockwise as described, especially on weekends / holidays. It is much safer if everyone is going the same way. Plus I think the clockwise ascent / descent is more fun. The trail is marked as black diamond for length and vertical. Technical difficulty is blue or even green (similar technical difficulty to Ben's / lower Phil's loop in Bend, but MUCH longer with steeper grade on the ascent). There are a few small rock gardens to navigate and a few side options for small natural rock drops on the descent. Nothing major. The "ride-arounds" are the main trail.
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dianay TRAILFORKS (May 29, 2021 at 22:33)
Nice consistent climb trail.
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tjypma (Jun 16, 2020 at 19:32)
Round trip took me 4 hours on Saturday afternoon. An hour of climbing to the first high point (Thompson Pass ?); then about another 1:45 of climbing from the start of the ridge trail to the top. Legs fried ! Walked the few short rock gardens. Watch for crumbling outer edge of some sharp curves on the descent.
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BasedGawd (Nov 13, 2019 at 6:05)
This wasn't here when I visited in summer... Such a pleasant surprise. Long, varied, made to ride. Amazing views.
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pclement (Oct 20, 2019 at 15:05)
An amazing trail! Best in the valley.
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ckoont (Oct 14, 2019 at 13:09)
This is exactly what the area was missing, more of the same please.
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josephrbrown EMBA-METHOW (Oct 14, 2019 at 13:18)
Stay tuned!!!
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koehngroup (Jul 15, 2019 at 21:40)
Nice climb. Fairly easy and not technical at all. Consistent grade with short punchy sections.


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More Stats for Chickadee to Thompson Ridge Trail loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    2 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,604 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,612 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,615 ft
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  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
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Climb It Change Upper Trail 9/13/2019 Sun Mountain
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