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Fruend Loop

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 4.8 (12) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Freund Canyon Loop is a classic with a great climb with sweet views, followed by a fast, flowy descent.


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8.7

Miles

14.0

KM

95%

Singletrack

3,003' 915 m

High

1,274' 388 m

Low

1,758' 536 m

Up

1,756' 535 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

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Overview

Just outside of Leavenworth, this loop offers fantastic views of Leavenworth and the surrounding mountains, plus a flowy descent that will have you wanting a second lap. Much more fun than doing the chicken dance or fighting the crowds in town.

Description

From the gate on FS Road 7702, begin climbing up the road. You'll be on the doubletrack for a while, then get to a turn-around where the Freund Canyon #701 singletrack trail begins to the left.

The builders (I believe mostly Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance) have done a fantastic job with the grade. Expect the climb to take 40 minutes to an hour, depending on how hard you want to push. There are a few short steep sections and some fantastic views.

You'll eventually reach a saddle. There is a trail that comes down steeply on your right then continues onto the ridge on your left. That is the Ribbed Trail which is a technical downhill. For Fruend, bear right on what looks like a road, but quickly becomes singletrack. After a short bit of fun descending is a fork. Rosy Boa is to your right. Fruend is left.

Fruend contours the side of the hill, zig-zagging high up the side of the hill, then around a berm seemingly dangling from the canyon edge, over and over again in a thrilling pattern of fun, only broken occasionally by a tabletop jump here and there.

Eventually, the trail meets 'For the Boys' coming from Leavenworth Ski Hill and Rosy Boa. Go left and keep descending around an epic berm and more zig-zagging. Towards the bottom are a couple creek crossings. Watch your speed so you don't case it on the opposite side of the creek.

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Luke Warwick

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  4.8 from 12 votes

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  4.8 from 12 votes
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Photos

Great ridge view on Freund Climb looking down at Leavenworth.
May 4, 2015 near Leavenw…, WA
Outside berm on Fruend. It is hard to keep your eyes on the trail with the great views.
Jun 10, 2018 near Leavenw…, WA
Cycling Freund, WA
Apr 27, 2015 near Leavenw…, WA
Awesome views all the way down!
Jun 18, 2019 near Leavenw…, WA
Nice View
Apr 24, 2015 near Leavenw…, WA
I borrowed Lisa's bike. It works GREAT.
Jun 11, 2018 near Leavenw…, WA

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Jun 20, 2020
John B
Sep 18, 2019
Barrett Peitz
The majority of this trail is uphill. It's not a steep climb but its consistent. The downhill portion is an absolute blast though. I highly recommend! 8.7mi — 4h 00m
Jun 29, 2019
Trevor Marburger
8.5mi — 1h 15m
Jun 16, 2019
Mario Chirinos
Awesome views all the way up make the long climb enjoyable. The down hill is flowy and fast and a great reward after the climb! Overall a great ride! 8.7mi — 2h 04m
Jun 2, 2019
Tom Dancs
May 14, 2019
Jason Chinchen
Long uphill but mellow...ish. Really fun downhill along a valley. — 1h 30m
Oct 13, 2018
Drew Herdener
Jul 21, 2018
Krystyna Bednarz