9.1 miles
70 ft
-4,796 ft
Avg time
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  • USFS
    Land Manager

Pot Peak Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Dirtbike/Moto
    • Observed Trials
  • Riding Area
    Mad River - Entiat
    Plain, Washington
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  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Alpine Trail
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #72824 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #33422 in E-Biking
    • #1289 in Dirtbiking
  • Local Popularity
    50 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 85 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Dirtbiking
    • 5 in Horseback
    • 5 in Observed Trials
  • Land Owner

This ride has a physically tough ascent and really fun descent along a long ridge. It is a technically interesting ride. The ride uses some gravel fire roads, but most of the descent is single-track trail.

Trip Details:
Start by riding the access roads a half mile back to the "Y" described in the access information. At this Y, turn left onto FS Road 5900 and ride about 5.5 miles uphill to Grouse Mtn Campground.
Remain on FS Road 5900 for another 6.75 miles past Grouse Mtn Campground. Then, at a saddle, turn left onto Spur 114 leading toward Handy Springs Campground and which gives access to Trail 1448 in about .35 miles.
Follow Trail 1448, which leads to the Devils Backbone and which undulates up and over a number of peaks like East Peak and Angle Peaks. This is exciting and technical ridge riding with some dramatic (i.e., scary) exposure as well as about .75 miles of hike-a-bike up talus slopes. Some 6 miles along Trail 1448 on a 6,690-foot knoll, you'll intersect Trail 1266.
Turn left onto Trail 1266 and start a nine- to ten-mile descent that many riders consider to be the best descent in the state (yup, even better than such classics as Devils Gulch, Taneum Creek, and Twenty-Five Mile Creek).
The descent ends back at Ramona Campground where you started.
Making It Easier: You need to be a fit rider to do the route as described. Technically competent but less conditioned riders can make the ride easier by dropping a shuttle car at the Ramona Campground and then driving Road 5900 up to the Grouse Mountain area to actually start riding.

Best Season: Early summer to late fall. The ride is dry and can be hot, so bring lots of water.

Access Info

From the Wenatchee Valley, drive Highway 97A toward Chelan. Take the left onto Highway 971 (Navarre Coulee Road)and drive about 30 miles to the T in the road at Lake Chelan. Go left on South Lakeshore Drive and drive to Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park. On the other side of the state park, turn left onto the road leading to Shady Pass (FS Road 5900). Drive uphill about 2.6 miles and then at the "Y" go left and in a half mile park at the Ramona/Snowberry Bowl Campground (el 1,900 feet).

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Pot Peak Trail multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -4,725 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,912 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,637 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,637 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,913 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,375 ft
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    781 ft
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on Jul 5, 2022
Avg: 3.8 (5 votes)
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      Pot Peak Trail Trail Reports

      Jul 5, 2022 @ 11:21am
      Jul 5, 2022
      Entire trail logged out. Accessible from Stormy Mtn Trailhead or Pot
      Jun 14, 2022 @ 10:46am
      Jun 14, 2022
      1st 8 miles is snow free and riding well.
      Aug 16, 2021 @ 9:14pm
      Aug 16, 2021
      Trail closed due to wildfire on 8/16/21.
      Aug 10, 2021 @ 1:56pm
      Aug 10, 2021
      Tree removed at 3.5 mike mark from bottom and lots of brushing completed 8/6-8/7. Still dusty but what isn’t this time of year.
      Jul 30, 2021 @ 3:38pm
      Jul 30, 2021
      20” dbh tree across trail about 3.5 miles from Pot Peak TH. Easy to climb over for Mtn bikes but a pain to drag over for motos. Lower section...
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      • 16 miles avg distance
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      • Last: Sep 24, 2022


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      Pot Peak25 miles

      16 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      pwillard LCTA (May 29, 2021 at 22:57)
      Trail logged out to snow line two weeks ago. We’ll do more logout June 10-13 and brush the trail out again to improve on last years total brush out.
      • + 1
      imalwaysriding (Jun 24, 2021 at 22:30)
      I accidentally thumbs down but I meant to give you props. Thanks for all the work!
      • + 0
      Maurockstar (May 4, 2021 at 21:50)
      Plenty of fallen trees, some large
      • + 0
      pwillard LCTA (Oct 4, 2020 at 20:30)
      Birthday Ride was so good on Pot Peak. Trail is prime right now.
      • + 2
      ckoont (Sep 29, 2020 at 16:47)
      Thanks so much for the effort clearing this trail. What a gem!
      • + 1
      pwillard LCTA (Oct 1, 2020 at 18:09)
      A coordinated brushing has returned this trail back to backcountry prominence....as well as NF 25 next door!
      • + 2
      geephlow (Jul 17, 2020 at 9:20)
      Rode Devils BB-->Pot Peak yesterday. I owe you at least 8 beers, @pwillard! So good again...
      • + 1
      Maurockstar (Aug 2, 2020 at 12:59)
      did you see dirt bikes riding it? I ride both MTB and dirt bikes and this seems like a perfect thing for both
      • + 1
      geephlow (Aug 3, 2020 at 11:44)
      Yup -- Devil's and Pot Peak are just two of the moto trails in that zone. It connects with all of the network in the Entiat.
      • + 1
      Maurockstar (Aug 3, 2020 at 11:51)
      thanks! yeeeha!
      • + 2
      geephlow (Jul 15, 2020 at 9:03)
      Oh yeah! Thanks for all the work, Paul! Looking forward to hitting it in the next day or so.
      • + 1
      pwillard LCTA (Jun 14, 2020 at 17:17)
      Trail basically brush free after a huge effort this weekend and logout complete as well. Still snow on top 1 mike.
      • + 2
      pwillard LCTA (Jun 14, 2020 at 17:14)
      The entire trail was Completely brushed out this weekend except the top mile which is pretty brush free anyway. Will be excellent once Devils Backbone melts out.
      • + 1
      pwillard LCTA (Sep 23, 2019 at 15:55)
      Lots of Brush cut September 21. Will post details later
      • + 2
      pwillard LCTA (Sep 23, 2019 at 15:54)
      Lots of brush cut September 21. Will post details later.
      • + 2
      maffein (Jul 12, 2019 at 16:21)
      As of July 12, 2019, I would say this trail is not worth your time. Ridden from Devil's Backbone today. The most enjoyable parts are in the bottom section, near the campground. Push/hike up from the campground if you want that. The upper sections of the trail, the top third especially, are too brushed in to be any fun. Someone has done a bit of brush work around mile 4 (for which I am grateful), but that barely scratches the surface.

      Compounding matters, this trail sees a fair bit of moto traffic, so sections of the trail surface are very loose/rocky. Not a knock on motos at all, that's just how multi-use trails get sometimes. Makes big portions less than ideal for bikes. I imagine this was an amazing trail before it burned, and has some great views. As it is, I recommend riding elsewhere until the trail sees some significant work.

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