Distance: 23 miles round-trip
Terrain: Dirt road, dirt trails, single-track, out-and-back
Elevation: 1,750 feet to 5,100 feet, 3,400 feet gain
Best time to go: Late spring to late fall
How to get there: From Wenatchee, drive north on Highway 2 to Cashmere. Turn left on Cottage Avenue and head into Cashmere. Turn left on Division Street and follow it as it curves right and becomes Pioneer Avenue. Shortly after that curve, turn left on Mission Creek Road. You’ll come to a T, turn right and then left to get back on Mission Creek Road. Drive 6.2 miles; the road eventually turns to gravel. Go left at the Y onto FR7100 and drive another 3 miles to reach the trailhead (labeled as Mission Ridge FR7100).
Highlights: Devil’s Gulch is known as one as of the best mountain biking spots in Washington state. At the top, you will have earned the incredible views of Tronsen Ridge and the Stuart Range of the Cascades. You’ll relish the smooth, quick, hard-packed single-track on the way back down. The trail is narrow in some places and offers long, sweeping turns in others, making it all the more enjoyable for single-track aficionados.
Lowlights: The 11-mile, 3,400 feet climb up to Mission Ridge is not for the faint of heart. Luckily, there are options. You can shuttle to the top by driving up FR7100, avoiding the climb altogether. Or bike up FR7100 for a happy medium between easy and brutal. Dress appropriately, the temperature is cooler at 5,100 feet elevation and you may have worked up a sweat getting there.
Things to know: Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.