Sandstone Creek - West Fork Teanaway Ridge

3D view of Sandstone Creek and West Fork Teanaway Ridge Trails

Overall: 6

Aerobic: 6

Technical: 5

Steepness: 6

Flow: 6

Singletrack: 90%

The bowl-shaped Sandstone Creek ride is at the northern end of Cle Elum Ridge, crossing some rugged terrain which has seen some logging in recent years.

Type

Loop

Length

Avg: 8mi

Ascent

Intense

Elevation Change

TH:2550'
Avg Ascent:2300'

Ascent Incline

8%

Duration

Avg: 2hr

Weather
Forecast

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Not long enough to be considered a destination trail, this easily accessible terrain offers a lot of variety for such a short ride and enough elevation gain to create a challenging ascent and some fun downhill.

There is a road version of the Sandstone Creek loop, which starts from FR4305, climbs FR110 and FR113 to West Fork Teanaway road, then descending FR114 and FR113 to FR4305.

Note: the Sandstone Creek and Dingbat Creek areas used to be open to Orv, so there are many, many 'singletrack' trails (mis)leading in every direction.

Stick to the ridgeline and just work the bowl, although these other trails often provide fast access to Sandstone Creek and back to the TH.

With the W. Fork Teanaway Tr1353 nearby, this trail does not get as much use, but combined with the West Fork Teanaway Ridge trail, offers enough terrain to fill a day.

The typical 6.4mi (850' ascent) West Fork Teanaway Ridge CCW loop can be expanded by riding Clear Cut and Lunch Rocks.

The area topo map shows some of the Carlson Canyon and Camp Seventeen Canyon single track loops in the area, with some ties to Rat Pac, useful terrain in the early season when the higher elevations are still snowed in or not yet cleared of treefall.

The 4mi Camp Seventeen Canyon loop is not much more than a warm up. To the north of the Teanaway campground, the 5mi CW 'Lick Creek' loop is another short run over very moderate terrain. The trails listed as 'Cattle Trail' are...cattle trails.

Directions: See Map. SR903 past Lakedale to FR4305 (just prior to the Wish Poosh campground), then go 4.4mi to Teanaway Rd. Go 1.8mi to FR114 and go right to the TH. View Larger Map. No Map?.

Sandstone Creek Trail Topo Map

Loop Directions

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Sandstone Creek Area Topo Map

  • TH: From the FR114 TH, ride .6mi to the 'sandstone creek' road and go left. Go right on the singletrack at 1.9mi and begin the ascent.
  • 2.3mi: Although there are many singletrack trails headed in every direction, pass a singletrack on the right which runs alongside the West Fork Teanaway, to the Corral Creek Tr1340.1 TH.
  • 3.6mi: The ascent levels out, then cross a small FR113 access road. At 4mi, just above FR113, begin the final (550') ridgeline ascent.
  • 4.8mi: Go left on forest road and continue for .1mi, then go left on FR114. At the 5.3mi ride summit, go left onto the singletrack and begin the descent to the TH.
  • 5.9mi: Trail drops off the ridgeline and the descent gets steeper and more rugged.

 

 

Trail Index

This Ride

Camp 17 Trail, Cattle Trail, Lick Creek Trail, Lunch Rocks Trail, Sandstone Creek Trail, Upper Meadow Trail, West Fork Teanaway Ridge Trail

Campgrounds

Indian Camp Campground, Teanaway Campground

 

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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