35 miles
9,881 ft
-9,929 ft
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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  • Riding area
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    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
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More Stats for Heavens Gate mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,477 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,526 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,477 ft
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    17 miles
  • Distance down
    17 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,936 ft
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      Martin Creek Trail #429 Climb
      Sep 22, 2019 @ 7:54pm
      Sep 22, 2019
      Great condition!
      Eagle Lake Trail
      Sep 22, 2019 @ 7:54pm
      Sep 22, 2019
      SO. GOOD. Perfect dirt from the Upper Eagle Lake junction back to the trailhead.
      Foggy Dew Trail
      Aug 31, 2019 @ 11:53am
      Aug 31, 2019
      Very dry, loose and rocky. moto and horse damage
      Martin Creek Trail 429
      Aug 31, 2019 @ 11:53am
      Aug 31, 2019
      Very dry, loose and rocky. moto and horse damage
      Cooney Lake Trail #434
      Jul 20, 2019 @ 8:49am
      Jul 20, 2019
      Clean the entire way up. Prepare for serious hikeabike
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