3 miles
721 ft
-122 ft
Avg time
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Whiskey Dick Details

  • Riding Area
    Naneum Forest
    Kittitas, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Gravel Path
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  • Direction
    Both Directions
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Big views, some “techy” dirt roads, desert flowers in bloom, and hopefully dry & sunny weather. It should appeal to those who like the desert, feel comfortable being out in remote places, and are mindful of critters (snakes) that wake up in the warm sun.

The entire route, except for a couple short portions along the Whiskey Dick, is on pretty tough double-track dirt roads. The ride starts by going up the mellow Rocky Coulee, past an abandoned ranch, but then takes a right up a steep hillside. Cacti should be in bloom and make the hike-a-bike go by much too quickly here.

From the top of this first hill you should have great views of the Columbia River and the Wildhorse windfarm behind it. Next, it’s down to the Whiskey Dick creek where a bit of route finding skills are necessary in the beginning. Follow trailforks carefully in this portion or else you may end up in head-high thicket. The Whiskey Dick drainage tees into a bigger road after 3 miles where Long Loop riders turn left, upwards, while Short Loop riders head down towards the Columbia River – which makes a good lunch spot.

Access Info

Start/Finish is at the trailhead on Recreation Drive, just north of Vantage. A Discover Pass is required for parking.


Anticipated finishing times: 3-7 hours depending on your loop and your post-winter condition.

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More Stats for Whiskey Dick bike trail
  • Altitude change
    599 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,151 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,762 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,151 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,751 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3,747 ft
  • Distance flat
    851 ft
  • Avg time
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on Sep 12, 2018
Very Dry
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  • Snow Packed
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Whiskey Dick Trail Reports

Sep 12, 2018 @ 4:14pm
Sep 12, 2018
If doing the short route, expect a 4 mile bushwack through sage brush and rocky side-hill. Most of the ride is in the recent burn area, so expect...
Apr 15, 2017 @ 10:08pm
Apr 15, 2017
Rode "short" loop on fat bikes Apr 15. Route mostly good, several creek crossings but mostly jumpable. Section down Whiskey Dick drainage isn't...
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Sep 12, 2018 @ 4:14pm
Sep 12, 2018
Whiskey Dick, Petaluma

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