7 miles
2,128 ft
-624 ft
3,720 ft
High Point
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  • Riding area
    Sun Mountain
    Winthrop, Washington
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Late Apr - Late Nov
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
    Rock Garden
  • Ride in rain
  • Global Ranking

This trail starts from Forest Service Road 5005 (AKA the "Left Fork of Wolf Creek Road") and is 12.5 miles roundtrip. Riders should park at the first "Wolf Creek Trail" directional sign about 1/2 mile before the start of the trail. This trail is not signed or marked, so use the MTB Project mobile app for navigation. The trail was largely developed from cattle trails and lands grazed seasonally - please close gates and cross one wire fence carefully!

The first couple miles wind through flat, forested terrain followed by a pretty steady 3-mile climb (8% average) to a ridge summit and commanding overlook of the Winthrop and the Methow Valley. Largely consisting of cattle trails, the trail surface is mostly dirt, with a few rocky and short ledge sections, including low drops and hops.

The next section (1.5 miles) continues to traverse the ridge at more moderate grades and is largely forested. It takes you to a scenic overlook that affords dramatic views of the Cascades and Mazama to the west, Rendezvous Basin and surrounding mountains to the north, and Winthrop/Sun Mountain Resort to the east.

From the overlook, cross a nice ledgy outcrop and small rock garden before re-entering dense forest. In 0.5 miles, you'll join your outbound route; turn left and enjoy the fast descent to your starting point

NOTE: The first 1.5-2 miles are wooded, nearly flat, and smooth. Family Friendly and great for the little ones who have mastered 18-24 inch single track trails. Older and stronger kids can ride the trail as their abilities dictate to reach various meadows with overlooks.


NOTE: please close gates and cross one wire fence carefully!

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Virginian Ridge Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,505 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,038 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,038 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,543 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,913 ft
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on Jun 11, 2017
Avg: 3.35 (3 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to virginian-ridge-trail trailhead (48.491786, -120.263755)
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Virginian Ridge... Trail Reports

Jun 11, 2017 @ 7:49am
Jun 11, 2017
trail was in great shape and I was lucky enough to run into a couple locals that showed me around. Wasn't super easy to navigate especially...
May 17, 2017 @ 10:37am
May 17, 2017
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1 Review & Comments

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flag dkscott (Sep 18, 2017 at 16:15)
 The "family friendly" lead-in is a bit deceiving imo. I'd also say this trail is a bit too steep, narrow, and hard to navigate for a green rating. This trail is rated blue on MTB project and I think that is a more honest rating. The first bit is easy and flat, but the other 90% is a steady and solid grind that I would not send a beginner out on. That said, we loved the climb and the views along the way are great. Navigation is a little tricky until you cross the gravel road at 3000' (mile 4ish) after which the trail is very straight forward, better maintained and seemingly more traveled. We passed a parked car here (with bike racks), so maybe this is where some start their ride. All in all a great trail and definitely worth doing! But expect a mild sufferfest if you are brand new to MTB.

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