Devils Gulch Tr1220 and Mission Ridge Tr1201 are valley and ridgeline rides which descend from the Mission Creek headwaters, considered to be two of the best rides in Washington.
The typical Devils Gulch Tr1220 'ride' consists of 11mi of forest road ascent, returning on Devils Gulch Tr1220.
Avid road bikers could continue on FR9712 to Tronsen Ridge Tr1204, further minimizing trail time.
The relatively smooth Devils Gulch Tr1220 is a doable 6% grade ascent, actually less steep than climbing FR7100. As a rule, forest road ascents are usually avoidable for a trails which are less than 7% grade.
If ascending Devils Gulch Tr1220, expect to hike-a-bike through the switchback section and 8mi of sustained singletrack ascent (in excess of a 5% grade) is clearly not for everyone.
Those wishing to avoid an 8mi Devils Gulch Tr1220 ascent could try shuttling to the upper TH, rather than tackling an 11mi forest road ascent.
Although Devils Gulch Tr1220 contains some classic Northwest singletrack, the more technical Mission Ridge Tr1201 is arguably even better, with basalt formations and technical, rocky terrain. The sloping ridgeline descent helps maintain a constant pace.
Most riders would find Mission Ridge Tr1201 would be far too steep to climb, with a Devils Gulch Tr1220 or FR7100 ascent as the best option for a loop ride.
The best non-shuttle option is the 16.5mi Devils Gulch Tr1220 to Mission Ridge Tr1201 CCW loop, for those willing to use Devils Gulch Tr1220 as an access trail to Mission Ridge Tr1201.
Devils Gulch Trail 1220, Mission Ridge Trail 1201
Squilchuck 'Pipeline' Tr1200
Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.