Devils Backbone to Pot Peak Orv Tr1266

3D view of Pot Peak Trail #1266

Overall: 8

Aerobic: 10

Technical: 8

Steepness: 8

Flow: 7

Singletrack: 30%

A 10mi (9% grade) dirt fireroad climb is epic...but not in a good way. If there were ever a reason to shuttle, Pot Peak Orv Tr1266 is it.




Avg: 28mi


Mt Goat

Elevation Change

Avg Ascent:9200'

Ascent Incline



Avg: 8hr





Otherwise, get ready for a 10mi steep forest road climb. The payoff is a downhill which has been described as one of the best in the Cascade Range.

Ding: The rating takes a hit for the excessive road climb and for the area being open to ORVs, but otherwise this is one of the must-do Cascade rides, so find a good friend and shuttle this ride.

North Fork 25 Mile Creek Orv Tr1265 and Lone Peak Orv Tr1264 are the other two major Lake Chelan area rides with nearby trailheads.

Lake Creek Tr1443 ascends to Devils Backbone Orv Tr1448 from the Entiat side of the ridge.

A 4-6hr climb for 2.5hr of singletrack? The typical route (described in the route guide below) is to climb from the Pot Peak Orv Tr1266 TH on FR5900, to FR114 at the Handy Spring Campground, then ride Devils Backbone Orv Tr1448 to Pot Peak Orv Tr1266.

This may be the best that can be done without a shuttle, but that 27.7mi ride starts with 10mi of steady 9% ascent on FR5900 to Chesapeake Saddle, then 3.3mi of moderate FR5900/FR114 climbing (6100' total ascent).

Then comes the singletrack...7mi of ridgeline riding on Devils Backbone Orv Tr1448, ending with the 7mi, 5200' Pot Peak Orv Tr1266 descent.


Advanced climbing option: The only alternative, other than some other form of shuttling, is to climb North Fork Twentyfive Mile Creek Orv Tr1265 and Lone Peak Orv Tr1264 to reach the FR114 TH.

Problem with this 23.5mi, 8700' ascent route is the 2mi of largely unclimbable 21% grade on Lone Peak Orv Tr1264 (climbing from the North Fork of Twentyfive Mile Creek to the ridgeline) the risk of being run down by other bikers.


A high elevation ride with great views of the Sawtooth mountains and Glacier Peak, the 23mi, 7900' (11%) ascent Devils Backbone Orv Tr1448 OAB is a very challenging ride all by itself, riding to Stormy Mountain from the FR114 TH.

Avoid looping with Angle Peak Orv Tr1444 or Four Mile Ridge Orv Tr1445, which are best ridden as part of the Lake Creek Orv Tr1443 loop, and would result in a steep climb back to the FR114 TH if ridden from Devils Backbone Orv Tr1448.

Directions: NW Forest Pass required right at the TH. To the upper TH. South Shore Drive to the Twentyfive Mile Creek State Park. Take a left just after the park entrance and go 4mi up FR5900 (Shady Pass Rd), then go left on FR8410 to the Pot Peak TH, near the Snowberry Bowl campground. View Larger Map. No Map?.

Pot Peak Orv Trail #1266 Topo Map

Loop Directions

epic fire road climb

Pot Peak Area Topo Map

  • TH: From the Snowberry Bowl campground, ride FR8410 .5mi back to FR5900 and go left. Pass the 25 Mi. Cr. Tr1265 TH on the left at 1.4mi and FR5903 on the left at 2.5mi.
  • 6mi: Pass the Grouse Mountain campground on the right, then circumnavigate the Grouse Mountain summit at 6.7mi. The ascent incline moderates at 10.3mi, descending to Chesapeake Saddle.
  • 10.9mi: Climb from Chesapeake Saddle, past the Junior Point campground at 11.7mi, reaching FR114 at 12.6mi. Go left onto FR114, past the Handy Spring campground on the left, to the Devils Backbone Orv Tr1448 TH. Ride or hike the first .2mi, to the 3-way intersection.
  • 13.3mi: Go straight at the 3-way TH, onto Devils Backbone Orv Tr1448, with a short climb which reaches the ride 6878' East Point summit at 14.3mi. Descend to the Angle Pk Tr1444 intersection on the right at 16.3mi, followed by the Four Mile Ridge Tr1445 intersection, bearing left to stay on Devils Backbone Orv Tr1448.
  • 17.7mi: Ride around a talus slope, with a switchback descent followed by a .8mi talus hike-a-bike over the rough terrain.
  • 20.4mi: Go left onto Pot Peak Orv Tr1266, with a ridgeline descent to the Pot Peak summit at 24mi, with the trail falling off the ridgeline after a sharp left curve at 25.8mi.
  • 27mi: Cross a creek then begin the steep .8mi switchback descent to the TH.



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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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