32 miles
Distance
6,619 ft
Climb
-7,998 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

This is the Mad River EPIC route that spans across the entire lower and upper Mad River trails. Trails range from slivers of smooth singletrack to rocky and winter worn trails. Expect multiple river crossings, some dangerous in springtime. Zero in on early summer through fall for this ride.

Bring Lots of water, a filter to fill up when you can and plenty of food. This makes a great one day ride with a healthy amount of climbing and descending

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3 Reviews & Comments

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flag ACree (Mar 22, 2017 at 16:24)
 Note that the Shetipo trailhead has not been accessible for several years due to closures of the Entiat river road due to forest fire damage, and even if accessible, the Shetipo trail has not been maintained for several years per USFS reports.
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flag boxxerace TRAILFORKS (Mar 22, 2017 at 16:28)
 Bummer! Do you have any information on how far up the road the closure begins? (or relative to the Shetipo trailhead)

Edit, looks like the USFS is also calling several trails closed. I'll have to update Trailforks to reflect the status. Hope these get reopened this summer!

usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=bd6c1ad8feb541e7952fc097273f926f
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flag boxxerace TRAILFORKS (Jun 1, 2017 at 21:50)
 Update, word is that the road is now reopened!
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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Mad River EPIC mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1,379 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,632 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,081 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,702 ft
  • Grade
    -0.818%
  • Grade max
    -57.839%
  • Grade min
    63.721%
  • Distance climb
    12 miles
  • Distance down
    18 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Mad River (Lower)
      Aug 14, 2018 @ 7:15am
      Aug 14, 2018
      It appears the Cougar Creek fire has moved down to lower Mad River. Trail should be considered closed. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6053/ reporter
      Mad River (Chik tie to Mad Lake)
      Jul 30, 2018 @ 8:21am
      Jul 30, 2018
      A 100+ acre wildfire burning in the Mad River area of the Entiat Ranger District has necessitated the closure of the Upper Mad River Train system, popular to motorcyclists, and also Tommy Creek Trail. Forest Service personnel are traveling these trails advising recreationists to leave the area due to the proximity of the wildfire. Forest visitors are urged to stay off the roads in this area. The Cougar Creek Fire is burning in heavy timber, snags, and logs in steep inaccessible terrain. An Incident Management Team has been ordered to manage firefighting efforts on this difficult to access fire. Closures: Upper Mad River Trail system Tommy Creek Trail reporter
      Mad River (Blue Creek to Alder)
      Jul 30, 2018 @ 8:21am
      Jul 30, 2018
      A 100+ acre wildfire burning in the Mad River area of the Entiat Ranger District has necessitated the closure of the Upper Mad River Train system, popular to motorcyclists, and also Tommy Creek Trail. Forest Service personnel are traveling these trails advising recreationists to leave the area due to the proximity of the wildfire. Forest visitors are urged to stay off the roads in this area. The Cougar Creek Fire is burning in heavy timber, snags, and logs in steep inaccessible terrain. An Incident Management Team has been ordered to manage firefighting efforts on this difficult to access fire. Closures: Upper Mad River Trail system Tommy Creek Trail reporter
      Mad River (Lost Lake to Blue Creek)
      Jul 30, 2018 @ 8:20am
      Jul 30, 2018
      A 100+ acre wildfire burning in the Mad River area of the Entiat Ranger District has necessitated the closure of the Upper Mad River Train system, popular to motorcyclists, and also Tommy Creek Trail. Forest Service personnel are traveling these trails advising recreationists to leave the area due to the proximity of the wildfire. Forest visitors are urged to stay off the roads in this area. The Cougar Creek Fire is burning in heavy timber, snags, and logs in steep inaccessible terrain. An Incident Management Team has been ordered to manage firefighting efforts on this difficult to access fire. Closures: Upper Mad River Trail system Tommy Creek Trail reporter
      Upper Mad River / Shetipo Trail
      Jul 30, 2018 @ 8:20am
      Jul 30, 2018
      A 100+ acre wildfire burning in the Mad River area of the Entiat Ranger District has necessitated the closure of the Upper Mad River Train system, popular to motorcyclists, and also Tommy Creek Trail. Forest Service personnel are traveling these trails advising recreationists to leave the area due to the proximity of the wildfire. Forest visitors are urged to stay off the roads in this area. The Cougar Creek Fire is burning in heavy timber, snags, and logs in steep inaccessible terrain. An Incident Management Team has been ordered to manage firefighting efforts on this difficult to access fire. Closures: Upper Mad River Trail system Tommy Creek Trail reporter
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