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This ride is easy to access and close to home for anyone in upper Kittitas Valley. There is a rewarding view when you get on the trail at the top, so take pictures because you won't see it for long. All in all, this is a great ride to get you strong, and can be done in varying lengths without being just laps.
Need to Know
Need USFS forest pass for trailhead parking.
This area is actively used by dirt bikes, especially on weekends, but every time I've encountered a motorbike rider, they are very considerate and stop immediately when they see you. Still, get out of the way if you can first.
While it is still basically a Cascades ride, meaning go uphill for a long while and finally have a long descent, there is a bit of downhill on the first half to break it up. The climb is technically easy as it's on a gravel road so you can focus on skill riding for the second half when you are well warmed up.
Start on gravel Taneum Road #3300
at Taneum Junction campground and the trailhead for Taneum Ridge Trail #1363
. Climb from 2800 feet to 3700 feet in about 2.5 miles where the road meets the trail the first time. You can turn east (left) on the trail here for a shorter ride and a bit easier trail. Or continue on Taneum Road #3300
for another 3.0 miles, dropping back down to 3400 feet and then up to 4200 feet. There is very little traffic on this road, but a long grind.
At the second trail intersection, head east (left). The trail opens to stunning views to the north of the Stuart Range. It climbs and drops like a roller coaster for about a mile and is steep and very rocky. The trail then goes entirely into forest again with a deep groove, banked curves, and steep descent. You'll cross the road you came up on after 3.0 miles. You could choose to take the road back, but the second section of trail is easier (fewer rolling rocks on the path, less mud, better grade, and banked edges). You'll be smiling!
Shared By: Avalon Gyrl