Echo Ridge Tr1290

3D view of Echo Ridge Trail #1290

Overall: 5

Aerobic: 6

Technical: 5

Steepness: 5

Flow: 6

Singletrack: 100%

Echo Ridge Tr1290-1298 are interconnected XC Ski trails which get some summertime use and offer great views of Lake Chelan and snow capped peaks of the North Cascades.

Type

Loop

Length

Avg: 22mi

Ascent

Moderate

Elevation Change

TH:2800'
Avg Ascent:2700'

Ascent Incline

9%

Duration

Avg: 3hr

Weather
Forecast

NOAA

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USFS

Trail
Review

XC Skiing

XC Skiers will find most of these trails moderately challenging, with increased skill and stamina needed for Outback and The Ridge.

Bergman Gulch Tr1297 is designated for snowmobile use and is not groomed.

The southern slopes of Outback and Somewhere to Ride can become drifted and difficult to ski.

Winter recreation day passes are $10 and season passes are $70, available at the Chelan Ranger Station.

Most of the trails are groomed, including FR8021.

Contact the Chelan Ranger Station for current conditions.

NOAA Weather Conditions

Sno-Park, Northwest Forest Pass and Golden Age passes are not accepted.

The hillside terrain has enough variation and length to make it worth riding if staying in the area, but otherwise is not a destination ride.

There is no defined route for these trails, with Switchback Alley at the lowest elevation and Wells Summit (near 8010 on The Ridge) as the ride summit.

The guide describes a 15.5mi ride which is certainly not the only way these trails can be ridden. Far East, Big Critter and Outback could be added, to increase the ride to 22mi.

The terrain is moderate enough to not require a shuttle, but shuttling from North Junction to the Switchback Alley TH would be easy to set up and avoid most of the climbing.

Bergman Gulch Tr1297 is closed to biking until July 1st, to protect nesting areas.

Most of the trail intersections have maps posted.

Directions: Go on SR150 (Manson Highway) from Chelan, noting the brown XC Ski signs along the way. Go right onto Boyd Rd and go to Cooper Gulch Rd, past the Echo Valley Ski Area. Go right onto FR8021 (Washington Creek Rd) and continue 1.1mi to FR130, then go right and continue on FR130 for 1mi to the TH. View Larger Map. No Map?.

Echo Ridge Trail 1290 Topo Map

Loop Directions

spaghetti trails

Echo Ridge Area Topo Map

  • TH: From FR8021, climb Switchback Alley .2mi to The Shoe, then go left and ascend past the FR130 crossing to Somewhere to Ride.
  • 1.3mi: Go left onto Somewhere to Ride and ascend to Spaghetti Junction.
  • 2mi: Go right onto Nowhere to Hide and descend to the FR130 TH, then go left onto Upsy Daisy and ride to Grand Junction.
  • 4mi: Go left onto Ridge View and ride to the High Five Junction, with the option of climbing to Wells Summit at 4.7mi.
  • 5.1mi: Go right onto Morning Glory and continue the descent to Grand Junction at 6mi, then continue on Zippity Do Dah to Chaos Corner.
  • 6.9mi: Cross FR8010 and then go left onto Alley Oop, with an option to ride out to Purtteman View. Cross FR130 and FR131 as the trail loops back to Chaos Corner.
  • 9mi: Go left onto Nuthatch, passing the Chickadee intersection on the right at 10mi, continuing on Nuthatch to the FR130 TH.
  • 10.6mi: Find Lollipop on the east side of FR130 and ride it to Tootsie Roll, then ride Whoop De Doo and Lollipop back to FR130.
  • 13.1mi: Cross FR130 and go left onto Somewhere to Ride, descending to The Shoe at 13.6mi. Go left and continue descent across FR130, then go left and descend the lower Shoe section back to Switchback Alley and to the TH.

 

 

Best Area Guide

Trail Index

This Ride

Alley Oop Trail 1292, Bergman Gulch Trail 1297, Big Critter Trail, Chickadee Trail, Far East Trail, Grand Drop Trail, Lickety Split Trail, Little Critter Trail 1294, Lollipop Trail 1290, Morning Glory Trail 1294, Nowhere to Hide Trail 1292, Nuthatch Trail 1292, Outback Trail 1298, Ridge View Trail 1294, Somewhere to Ride Trail 1299, Switchback Alley Trail 1296, The Shoe Trail 1296, Tootsie Roll Trail 1290, Upsy Daisy Trail 1294, Whoop De Doo Trail 1290, Windsinger Trail 1293, Zippity Do Dah Trail 1294, Zoom Trail 8021

XC Ski

Alley Oop Trail 1292, Big Critter Trail, Chickadee Trail, Far East Trail, Grand Drop Trail, Lickety Split Trail, Little Critter Trail 1294, Lollipop Trail 1290, Morning Glory Trail 1294, Nowhere to Hide Trail 1292, Nuthatch Trail 1292, Outback Trail 1298, Ridge View Trail 1294, Tootsie Roll Trail 1290, Upsy Daisy Trail 1294, Whoop De Doo Trail 1290, Windsinger Trail 1293, Zippity Do Dah Trail 1294, Zoom Trail 8021

 

Trail Rankings

Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.

  • Overall Rating: Ride quality and challenge
  • Aerobic: Ascent challenge
  • Technical Difficulty: Terrain challenge
  • Steepness: Average incline
  • Flow: Uninterrupted riding
  • Elevation Change: Total elevation gain
  • Ride Difficulty: Terrain challenge

 

 

 

 

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