15 miles
Distance
1,767 ft
Climb
-4,288 ft
Descent
4,188 ft
High Point
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Mad River (Lower) Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
    • Dirtbike
    • Observed Trials
  • Riding Area
    Mad River - Entiat
    Plain, Washington
  • Ref Number
    #1409
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Spring / Fall
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #42870 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Dirtbiking
    • 5 in Horseback
    • 5 in Observed Trials
  • Land Manager
    USFS

A long, forested singletrack trail through sage and ponderosa pine that opens onto sunny hillsides a dips into shaded groves. The trail winds along the Mad River, offering views of the canyon and the remnants of the 1994 Tyee Creek Fire. A popular mountain biking destination, this trail is also a great hike for spring wildflowers.

Elevation: Pine Flats:1,800 feet; Maverick Saddle: 4,400 feet.

A Northwest Trails Pass is needed to park at the trailhead ($5 day pass or $30 annual pass). A pass can be purchased at a self-service station near the entrance to the campground.

From Wenatchee, WA, travel north on US-97A (west side of Columbia River) for 14.4 miles to Entiat, WA. Just after the bridge turn left onto Entiat River Road (County Road #19) and travel north 9.5 miles to the community of Ardenvoir, WA. Go beyond the general store and turn left on Mad River Road / Forest Road 5700 and travel 4 miles to Pine Flats Campground where the Lower Mad River Trailhead begins.

From Chelan, WA, travel south on US-97A (west side of Columbia River) for 19.3 miles to Entiat, WA. Just before the bridge turn right onto Entiat River Road (County Road #19) and travel north 9.5 miles to the community of Ardenvoir, WA. Go beyond the general store and turn left on Mad River Road / Forest Road 5700 and travel 4 miles to Pine Flats Campground where the Lower Mad River Trailhead begins.

Access Info

Follow Highway 97 to Entiat, then take the Entiat Valley Road 10.5 to just beyond Ardenvoir where you'll turn left onto Mad River Road No. 5700. About 2 miles from the turn, you'll reach a fork in the road. Continue straight on Road 5700--the other option forks left across a bridge and onto a gravel road. Continue on 5700 until you reach Pine Flat Campground in another 2 miles. Reach the Lower Mad River Trailhead from the Pine Flat Campground.

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More Stats for Mad River (Lower) bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,522 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,646 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,168 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,646 ft
  • Grade
    -3.164%
  • Grade max
    -53.486%
  • Grade min
    57.115%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,421 ft
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on Jul 7, 2019
Dry
Avg: 3 (2 votes)

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  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
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  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
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      Mad River (Lower) Trail Reports

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      Jul 7, 2019 @ 5:09pm
      Jul 7, 2019
      Second bridge burned out at the ten mile mark. Last half mile getting pretty overgrown. Erosion and rocks made for some jarring sections.
      Aug 14, 2018 @ 7:15am
      Aug 14, 2018
      reporter It appears the Cougar Creek fire has moved down to lower Mad River. Trail should be considered closed. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6053/
      Jun 16, 2017 @ 4:26pm
      Jun 16, 2017
      reporter Trail washed out about 3/4 of the way up: There is a washout at mile 11.2 (from Pine Flats) on the Mad River Trail #1409 between the...
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      flag Elizabethknope (Oct 8, 2020 at 3:21)
       Heads up for rattlesnakes. Beautiful ride and beautiful area but I had a close call with a very angry rattler close to the lower trailhead.
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