“Traverse through forest and meadows to some great views and fast descents.
— Jim Kelley
This trail starts from Forest Service Road 5005 (AKA the" Left Fork of Wolf Creek Road") and is about 10 miles roundtrip. Riders should turn right at the first "Wolf Creek Trail" directional sign and drive another 1 mile. Park on right or left side of road, in the middle of a sweeping left turn. The trail starts on the right, about 100 ft past the unmarked parking area.
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 cross one wire fence carefully and do not cut wires!
The trail starts a 3 mile climb here (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 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.