19.3 miles
Distance
2,848 ft
Climb
-5,429 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

This point to point ride in Sawtooth Wilderness has everything you could hope for in a long day's adventure: a long, challenging climb, beautiful views of alpine lakes and jagged peaks, and a fast, flowy descent that goes on for miles.

Drop a car at the Foggy Dew Campground on your way up to the Crater Creek Trailhead. Take the Eagle Lake and Martin Creek trails up to Cooney Lake, and stop for a rest and some lunch by the water. Then, prepare yourself for a 12 mile descent down the Martin Creek and Foggy Dew trails.

Note that these are multi-use trails, and you will likely encounter hikers, horseback riders and motorcycles. Exercise caution and respect while riding.

Detailed Description
Crater Creek to Foggy Dew is a 19 mile moderately popular expert route located near Twisp Washington. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 6 trails. This route climbs 2,848 ft with a max elevation of 7,261 ft then descends -5,429 ft.
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6 Reviews & Comments

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goatzebra (Jul 12, 2019 at 6:41)
Good, long techy climb, fast and long descent. Paired with the Angels Staircase makes for an epicly long day that ends with an amazing ~45min descent.
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rpinney206 (Aug 3, 2018 at 7:51)
what's up with the trail head closure? is it just parking that is closed? Seems weird that access to the entire trail is restricted. The foggy dew entrance adds a lot of climbing to an already big day.
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boxxerace TRAILFORKS (Sep 19, 2018 at 8:09)
@rpinney206 it Appears the USFS has reopened the trailhead and trail as of Monday this week. I'm quite familiar with the route up Foggy, it's chunky in places! If you hear of anything else or talk to a ranger, please let me know so we can keep the record correct for everyone.
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rpinney206 (Sep 19, 2018 at 8:44)
@boxxerace I talked to the ranger yesterday and they said that construction didn't start because of fire danger and that the trail head is currently open. Construction will begin this Monday however so this is the last weekend it will be open, from what I was told.
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boxxerace TRAILFORKS (Sep 19, 2018 at 8:52)
That seems to jive with what I just read here: www.fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5371608

NOTICE: Crater Creek Trailhead will be closed for trailhead improvements starting SEPTEMBER 24, 2018. The Crater Creek Trail remains open at this time, however, access will be from the Foggy Dew Trailhead starting SEPTEMBER 24.

Bummer. Up Foggy it is!
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jefe (May 9, 2018 at 13:58)
Amazing scenery aside, this is one of the best descents in WA. There's that beautiful part of sharing trails motos occasionally ride where the trail actually flows for a 2 wheel thing (unlike hiking trails) and there's always just enough of a rut to give you support in every corner. The one word for this trail is FAST! You will be gaping 30 ft out off of 6 inch bumps the whole way without even trying. What a hoot the perfect end to a mega ride!... writing this I guess I should warn you not to kill anyone, be careful around blind corners (luckily most of the trail has great sightlines), don't be the dick that kills someone else's experience; it's just a few corners you have to ease up on to stay safe, life's not a race... despite what Strava tells you.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
    • Dirtbike/Moto
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    2
More Stats for Crater Creek to Foggy Dew mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -2,581 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,174 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,755 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,175 ft
  • Grade
    -2.5%
  • Grade max
    -59.5%
  • Grade min
    50.5%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    12 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,299 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Eagle Lake Trail
Jul 11, 2022 @ 10:34am
Jul 11, 2022
Clear of downfall. (Thanks moto folks!) There are some snow patches below the pass but nothing unmanageable
Foggy Dew Trail
Jul 10, 2022 @ 11:18am
Jul 10, 2022
All dry and cleared of down trees
Martin Creek Trail
Jul 10, 2022 @ 11:18am
Jul 10, 2022
Significant snow at the top of the climb still. Quite a bit of water runoff in the tread on the top 1/4 of the trail as well. Two downed trees. Bottom 3/4 of the trail is in perfect shape though!
Martin Creek Trail
Jul 10, 2022 @ 11:18am
Jul 10, 2022
Numerous snow patches. Passable, but it’s a wet slog. I’d give it a week or two. One down tree
Crater Creek Trail
Jul 8, 2022 @ 6:40pm
Jul 8, 2022
12-15 trees down within the first 1/2 mile above the intersection with Eagle lakes. We turned around when a particular cluster of downed trees felt too demoralizing. It doesn’t seem like this trail gets a ton of MTB use
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