35 miles
Distance
9,881 ft
Climb
-9,929 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

This route is hard, beautiful and represents some of the very best back country "wilderness" mountain biking in Washington. There are multiple water sources and lakes filled with small fish. Bring a water filter!

An alternative even more challenging series of trails that mirrors much of the famous Angels Staircase Route, only with a few key additions and a starting point at the Foggy Dew trailhead. Due to the closure of the Crater Creek Trailhead in the summer / fall of 2018. This allows one to say that you "road the staircase" + explored some of the less known side trails. This route totals over 35 miles and nearly 10,000 feet of climbing. Pack food and water!

In keeping with aptly named "heavenly views" theme, this route is called "Heavens Gate" and represents one of the highest, if not the highest mountain bike trail in Washington State at over 8,000 feet high!

The Route begins at Foggy Dew trail, turning off to the right and up Martin Creek Trail 429 to Cooney Lake. Take a break and refill your water. Next, ride / push up Cooney lake trail, where the trail steepens greatly near the top. Careful to not kick rocks down on riders below. Reach the top of the ridge and descend down the steep Trail 1259.21 leading into the Summit Trail that traverses this isolated valley, far from humankind. Next, climb up the meadows of "The High Way", benefiting you with a short scenic descent to Boiling Lake. Refill your water.

Decide now if you want to simply climb up and over the pass, or if you have some juice in your legs, descend the lower Eagle Lake Trail to the Prince Creek Shortcut trail. Then climb gently back up to the Chipmunk Pass trail and head East. Turn off onto the Hoodoo Pass Traverse and head back over to Boiling Lake. Next, climb up Horsehead Pass on the Eagle Lake Trail and descend down the other side. Consider stopping at the nearby and easy to get to Eagle Lake. Finally, descend until the trail intersection with Martin Creek Trail #429 Climb until you've returned to Cooney Lake and pat yourself on the back, it's time to descend to your car!

Descend back down the Martin Creek trail that you ascended on, then finally down Foggy Dew. You'll be tired now, so mind your descent on the rocky bits. Well done rider.

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bikepacking
    Yes
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Heavens Gate mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,477 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,526 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,477 ft
  • Grade
    -0.026%
  • Grade max
    -46.585%
  • Grade min
    43.992%
  • Distance climb
    17 miles
  • Distance down
    17 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,936 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

traildateconditiondescription
Eagle Lake Trail
Oct 15, 2018 @ 11:00am
Oct 15, 2018
Martin Creek Trail 429
Oct 5, 2018 @ 6:13am
Oct 5, 2018
Dusting of snow, rode up this to access Cooney lake and it was rideable in most sections.
Cooney Lake Trail #434
Oct 5, 2018 @ 6:08am
Oct 5, 2018
Dusting of snow, hike a bike was still manageable with careful steps.
Foggy Dew Trail
Sep 25, 2018 @ 6:42am
Sep 25, 2018
The trail is running great! No issues. Climbed it and descended it.
The High Way
Sep 25, 2018 @ 6:36am
Sep 25, 2018
Lost the trail on the way up, wandered through the horse camp and then the meadow above, eventually rejoining the slowly fading dirt ribbon. Great spot to take a break in the saddle above, before descending to Boiling Lake for a water refill!
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