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Trail 140

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (18) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A top to bottom enticingly fun ride through a mixed alpine landscape.


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Map Key

6.1

Miles

9.9

KM

95%

Singletrack

5,836' 1,779 m

High

3,089' 942 m

Low

104' 32 m

Up

2,851' 869 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Mount Spokane State Park requires the use of a Discover Pass for every vehicle that enters the park.

Overview

6.1 miles of glorious alpine trail available to shuttle from the summit of Mount Spokane. Prepare for varied terrain, beautiful scenery, and some old and new school trail experiences to keep you coming back hungry for another run.

Need to Know

The final section of the N. Summit Road is open seasonally. Generally it will be open from mid-June to Mid-October. If the gate is closed the majority of Trail 140 can still be ridden. Park at the Upper Kit Carson Parking area and follow the KC Loop Road for roughly a tenth of a mile until you see a foot path to your right.

The trail ends next to the Bear Creek Lodge (private property) and also a good for post ride libations when there isn't a wedding happening. The parking adjacent to the building and across the street is fee based.

Alternative parking can be found roughly .5 miles lower down the road in a small gravel lot on the South side of Mt. Spokane Park Drive (see map). No restroom, plan accordingly.

Description

Mt. Spokane offers some great alpine mountain biking and Trail 140 arguably offers the best experience.

If this is your first visit to Mt. Spokane, take a moment to enjoy the views from the summit. Just above the parking lot a granite and timber Vista House (circa 1933) perches atop a field of boulders, offering expansive views and a great spot to snap a photo.

The top section of Trail 140 is nice and flowy as it weaves through trees and skirts the granite boulder field. A turn near the the Summit Road marks a (for now) rougher section of rerouted trail ahead. Loose and scrappy it will provide some technical challenge until it is refined later this year. It's over pretty quickly and you'll be back to a smooth ride on classic singletrack.

As you near the Upper Kit Carson Loop Road, be extra cautious for other trail users. Trail 140 can be traveled in either direction and the foot path spur that connects 140 to the KC Loop Road is a higher traffic area (the spur and road can be used to transfer onto Trail 130 - Singletrack).

A nice new section of fundulated trail carries you off down the mountain until you reach the Saddle Junction (pit toilet included). Continue to the left and look for the doubletrack leading past the pit toilet. Just to the left, Trail 110 splits off.

This section of trail has minimal descent, and even a few short ups which can make it difficult to carry speed. But, it's over pretty soon and the action starts back up with a sweeping 180 turn into some really grand singletrack passing beneath a beautiful canopy of trees.

The trail deposits you onto KC Loop Road from which you'll take your first right-turn option. About a half mile on doubletrack and you'll see a trail cutting down off the left. This is your ticket into a majestic grove of trees. Coming up, there is some heavy duty ruts providing a spirited and bumpy ride.

Stay on your toes because this gives way to a narrow trail closed in tight by a thicket of trees. A really cool section of riding known as Jedi Trees. The end of the trail is nearby but Trail 140 will wind things down first with a more mellow ride-out before setting riders loose on a gravel road. You're almost at the finish line, just a trip around a closed gate and you wrap up next to the Bear Creek Lodge.

Note that trail exits over private property at Bear Creek Lodge. Keep on the path and off of retaining walls.

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Eric Ashley

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  4.7 from 18 votes

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Photos

Last breath of summer.
Feb 15, 2019 near Otis Or…, WA
Moon dust and fireweed season on upper 140.
Aug 11, 2018 near Otis Or…, WA
Dan during an early season run through Trail 140.
Jun 9, 2014 near Otis Or…, WA
Singletrack through golden huckleberries.
Sep 30, 2018 near Otis Or…, WA
Golden huckleberry bushes and big berms on 140.
Sep 30, 2018 near Otis Or…, WA
Fields of gold on 140.
Sep 30, 2018 near Otis Or…, WA

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Jul 5, 2019
Danny Walters
Jun 8, 2019
Jordan Fuller
Great conditions trail in great shape just one small patch of snow left at the top. Fantastic riding weather. Can drive all the way to Vista House. 6.1mi — 12h 00m
May 13, 2019
David Goodson
Awesome experience, rode up the road and had a great trail experience 10.4mi — 2h 00m
Aug 3, 2018
Matt Hunt
Outstanding! One of the best trails I've ever ridden!
Aug 23, 2017
Chris White
Top section is getting real loose, space your riders out.
Aug 5, 2017
Nate CO
It can be shuttled, but better to earn your down by climbing up trail 110. 13mi
Aug 28, 2015
Zbird Steiner
Jun 28, 2014
Eric Ashley
Trail 140 is now open from the Summit. Expect early season conditions. Including one downed tree in Jedi Trees as of 06/28/2014. 6.2mi