9 miles
549 ft
-5,283 ft
Avg time
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Pot Peak Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Mad River - Entiat
    Plain, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Alpine Trail
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #33656 in Mountain Biking

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).

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More Stats for Pot Peak Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -4,734 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,922 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,665 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,665 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,931 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    625 ft
  • Avg time
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on Nov 4, 2018
Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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Pot Peak Trail Trail Reports

Nov 4, 2018 @ 9:05pm
Nov 4, 2018
Tough ride/hike in from Handy springs campground via devils backbone, anywhere from 1-4" of snow covering 1/3 of devils backbone. Upper and lower...
Jul 29, 2018 @ 8:24pm
Jul 29, 2018
I hiked this with some friends the a few days ago. I have riden it in the past. Trail is in good shape, wanted to go back and ride it but time...
Oct 8, 2017 @ 12:34pm
Oct 8, 2017
Adding on to previous report... The Trailforks map / route from angle peak to pot peak via devils backbone shows the trail dropping off the ridge...
Oct 8, 2017 @ 12:23pm
Oct 8, 2017
Good conditions at the top, but become very brushy. The brush through the middle section of trail is dense enough that the riding was not...
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