12.4 miles
Distance
2,162 ft
Climb
-2,553 ft
Descent
02:19:19
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Thompson Ridge Trail
  • Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance -Methow Chapter
    since 2019
    Sponsor
  • Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance - Methow Chapter
    since 2019
    Maintainer

Thompson Ridge Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Sun Mountain
    Winthrop, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (4 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    Late April through late October
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Jump, Gap Jump, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #29275 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #24283 in Trail Running
    • #91382 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2019
  • Land Owner
    United States Forest Service

Thompson Ridge Trail is designed to be ridden clockwise or south to north. Offers nice climbing grade with many view opportunities etc. Mix of open meadows, forested areas and rock outcroppings. Descending off the north end is fast and fun with many options to mix it up. Finish with descending Pete's Dragon and Magpie to the Chickadee TH. The trail itself is not technically difficult but it is physically challenging.

Access Info

Start of the south end of the trail is the intersection of Woodpecker and Goshawk. From Chickadee TH, follow Climb It Change to Thompson Pass, take Pete's Dragon up to intersection of Wild Turkey and Woodpecker. Descend Woodpecker and you'll begin the Ridge Trail when you cross Goshawk

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More Stats for Thompson Ridge mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -392 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,113 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,936 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,506 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,114 ft
  • Grade
    -0.6%
  • Grade max
    -33.7%
  • Grade min
    36.7%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
  • Avg time
    02:19:19
  • Avg reverse time
    02:05:52
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on Oct 5, 2023
Dry
Avg: 4.4 (24 votes)
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  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Thompson Ridge Trail Reports

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      Oct 5, 2023 @ 8:00am
      Oct 5, 2023
      I don't think this soil can get any better. Moisture in the soil!
      Aug 26, 2023 @ 11:19am
      Aug 26, 2023
      Tree down 2.5 miles up from the start. And then a second tree down at 6 miles. See photos. Otherwise great trail as usual.
      Jul 19, 2023 @ 9:02am
      Jul 19, 2023
      This trail rocks! In that there are very few of them or roots, a nice change from our home riding area up in Whistler. Very built trail with great...
      Jun 10, 2023 @ 10:44am
      Jun 10, 2023
      Jun 3, 2023 @ 4:29am
      Jun 3, 2023
      A little dry, but still otherwise excellent.
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      • 26 rides
      • 21 miles avg distance
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      • 381 rides
      • Last: Oct 6, 2023

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      Chickadee to Thompson Ridge Trail loop20 miles

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