Red Devil Details
Whether you’re a mountain biker or a trail runner, this loop spans nicely graded trails that are well maintained and quite buffed out. The trails dissect beautiful glades of Ponderosa pines and pine grass, traverse ridges with views out to the Enchantments and Mission Ridge, and also cuts through cooler, darker stands of Douglas fir. This loop makes a superb ride or run but hikers might find that, for the distance traveled, not enough time is spent up high where the views are best.
Permits: A Northwest Forest Pass is needed to park at the trailhead and day passes can be purchased at the trailhead. Note: There a number of pullouts on the side of the access road about ½ a mile from the trailhead that can be used free of charge.
Don't Ride Soft /Wet Trails. Please stay off trails and when they are wet/soft and you're leaving wheel ruts that are deeper than 1/4 inch (these become grooves for water and greatly accelerate erosion). A rule of thumb to consider: Could 100 people ride the trails in this condition without messing up the surface? If the answer is 'no' please turn around.
Don't Just Be a User. These trails need frequent maintenance and much of the work is done by volunteers. If you use this trail, help maintain it. To join trail maintenance parties, contact Das Rad Haus in Leavenworth (509-548-5615) or Central Washington Chapter of Evergreen.
Start up the Red Hill Trail from the trailhead (el 1,580’) at the end of the parking lot near the toilet. Cross a stream immediately and in 50 yards go straight across a gravel road.
Mile 0.15. At a trail junction take the right onto Red Hill Trail (No 1223). The other trail is the Red Devil Trail (No. 1221) and you’ll be returning on it.
Mile 0.6. At another trail junction stay left on the Red Hill Trail. The trail climbs steadily uphill on a nicely graded path, making a number of switchbacks.
Mile 2.25 (el 2,660’). Go straight across an old road and keep climbing.
Mile 3.9 (el 3250 feet). Reach a T- intersection and turn left on the Red Hill Spur Trail (No 1223.1). The trail ahead will climb a little, follow a very scenic ridge for about a mile and then drop into Devils Gulch. Note: If you actually want to summit Red Hill (el 3,850’), do an out and back by going right at this intersection and climbing another 1.25 miles. Red Hill isn’t a very notable summit, but the trail to it is fun to ride.
Mile 7.2. At an intersection with the Devils Gulch Trail #1220 (el. 1,860’) turn left and keep heading downhill.
Mile 7.95 Mission Ridge Trail branches off to your right. Keep going straight.
Mile 8.05 Intersection with the Red Devil Trail #1221 (el. 1670’), go left and start climbing again. Note: If you go straight, you’ll reach the Lower Devils Gulch Trailhead in about 150 yards—obviously you could do this route starting at this trailhead as well.
Mile 9.6. After climbing steadily for about 1.5 miles, you’ll reach a shoulder at 2,460 feet. From here the trail will drop a little and climb a little for 1.5 miles and then drop steadily back down the car for another 1.7 miles.
Mile 12.60. Return the trail junction you visited near the start of the trip. Go straight.
Mile 12.75. End of trip.
From Pioneer Drive in Cashmere (across from Vale Elementary), turn south onto Mission Creek Rd, following signs for Devils Gulch. Go 0.45 mile to a T-intersection, turn right, cross the creek, and then turn left onto the continuation of Mission Creek Road. Go to pavement’s end (6.7 miles from where you turned off Pioneer Drive). At the end of pavement, enjoy the incredible junkyard flanking the road. It looks like you can’t continue and a pack of barking dogs is likely to greet you. Ignore all this—this is a county road. Cross a little bridge and, immediately afterwards, take the right fork in the road. In another 75 yard you’re out of this misplaced piece of Appalachia disrupting the space-time continuum. In another mile, the road ends at the Red Hill/Sand Creek trailhead. Facilities here include a pit toilet and primitive camping spots (bring your own water).
More Stats for Red Devil mountain bike trail
Altitude change-110 ft
Altitude min1,642 ft
Altitude max2,519 ft
Altitude start1,754 ft
Altitude end1,644 ft
Distance climb2 miles
Distance down3 miles
Distance flat745 ft
Avg reverse time00:45:59
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Red Devil Trail Reports
Sep 15, 2018 @ 2:00pmSep 15, 2018
|Tree down on the south side|
Oct 10, 2017 @ 2:02pmOct 10, 2017
|No obstructions encountered, a little dry in places.|
Jul 28, 2017 @ 7:14pmJul 28, 2017
|Minor erosion (trail braiding, small ruts developing, brake bumps). Saw a bear on the road a mile from the Sand creek TH today. It was mellow .|
May 29, 2017 @ 7:03pmMay 29, 2017
|Trail is overall in good shape. Slightly overgrown in places, but not too bad. Tough climbs in places doing the loop ccw (Red Hill Spur trail),...|
May 17, 2016 @ 3:23pmMay 17, 2016
|Overgrown vegetation in spots, but nothing too crazy. Otherwise trail is completely clear and good to go.|
Routes with this trail
|DG/MR with Red Devil/Red Hill added||28 miles|
|2017 Mission:Granduro Long Course||42 miles|
|Cascadian National Marathon XC Championship Course race||38 miles|
|Washington Endurance Series: Devil's Big Loop 2015 race||55 miles|