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.
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)...plus 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.
Angle Peak Orv Trail 1444, Billy Creek Trail 1416, Billy Ridge Trail 1413, Blue Creek Orv Trail 1426, Butte Creek Trail 1440, Cougar Mountain Orv Trail 1420, Cougar Ridge Orv Trail 1418, Four Mile Ridge Orv Trail 1445, Hunters Orv Trail 1417, Jimmy Creek Trail 1419, Lake Creek Orv Trail 1443, Mad River Orv Trail 1409, Middle Tommy Orv Trail 1424, North Tommy Orv Trail 1425, Pugh Ridge Trail 1438, Pyramid Creek Trail 1439, Pyramid Mountain Trail 1433, Pyramid View Point Trail 1441, South Tommy Orv Trail 1423, Tyee Ridge Orv Trail 1415
Big Hill Campground, Fox Creek Campground, Grouse Mountain Campground, Handy Spring Campground, Junior Point Campground, Shady Pass Campground, Snowberry Campground, Windy Camp Campground
Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.