Tyee Ridge Orv Tr1415

3D view of Tyee Ridge Trail #1415

Overall: 9

Aerobic: 8

Technical: 7

Steepness: 7

Flow: 6

Singletrack: 100%

Tyee Ridge Orv Tr1415 and Mad River Orv Tr1409 are the upper and lower boundary trails, with Cougar Mt Orv Tr1420, Jimmy Cr Tr1419, Cougar Rdg Orv Tr1418, Billy Cr Tr1416 or Billy Rdg Tr1413 as loop connectors.




Avg: 20mi


Mt Goat

Elevation Change

Avg Ascent:5200'

Ascent Incline



Avg: 6hr






The loop options vary in length from 11mi to 24mi.

Some downhill riders willing to deal with the hassle of driving to Tyee Mountain on FR5700/FR5713 use that route to shuttle Billy Ridge Tr1413 or Mad River Tr1409.

Ding: Some of these connector trails are infrequently maintained, so be sure to ask the local ranger district about trail conditions.

Another option is to bring a small chainsaw and some good boots.

Due to high elevation, these trails are closed until mid-July, so be sure to check with the forest service for current conditions.

Mad River Tr1409 is the ascent for all loops, with a 4.3mi climb and 5% incline over an 1100' elevation gain.

Covered on the Mad Rvr Orv Tr1409 page, Tyee Ridge Orv Tr1415 can also be used as a lollipop loop option, to turn the usually moderate Mad River Orv Tr1409 ride into something more epic.

Starting from the Maverick Saddle TH, there are four progressively intense loop options:

1. Covered in the below trail guide, the nearly-epic 20mi (5200' ascent) Billy Cr Tr1416 loop includes most of Tyee Ridge Orv Tr1415 and has a more rideable descent than the Cougar Ridge Descent.

2. The shortest return is on Cougar Mt Orv Tr1420, an 11mi (2300' ascent) CW lollipop.

Jimmy Creek Tr1419 offers a steeper downhill then Cougar Mt Orv Tr1420.


3. The 16.5mi (3600' ascent) Cougar Ridge loop includes a 30% switchback descent to Lower Mad River.


4. The epic 24mi (6300' ascent) Billy Rdg Tr1413 loop includes all of Tyee Ridge Tr1415 and includes a half-mile crazy-steep, 50% final plunge (in)to Mad River.

Directions: NW Forest Pass required right at the TH. SR207 towards Lake Wenatchee. After crossing the Wenatchee River, go right on Chiwawa Valley Rd. .4mi after crossing the Chiwawa Rvr, and just past the Thousand Trails CG, turn left onto FR61. Go 1.7mi and turn right onto FR6101 and go 3.3mi to the Deer Cr CG and turn left to stay on FR6101 then go 2.8mi to Maverick Saddle. If you miss the first FR6101 turnoff, you will reach the Grouse Cr CG. Turn around and try again. View Larger Map. No Map?.

Tyee Ridge Trail #1415 Topo Map

Loop Directions

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Tyee Ridge Area Topo Map

  • TH: Go north on Mad River Orv Tr1409.1, passing the Hi Yu Orv Tr1403 intersection on the left at 1.1mi and the Jimmy Creek Tr1419 intersection on the right at 1.2mi, then cross Mad River.
  • 3mi: Pass the Cougar Mountain Orv Tr1420 / Lost Lake Orv Tr1421 intersection, and just keep on climbing... Cross Mad river again at 3.8mi
  • 4.4mi: Go right onto Tyee Ridge Orv Tr1415, riding alongside Whistling Pig Creek as the ascent intensifies. Pass the Hunters Orv Tr1417 intersection on the left at 4.9mi, reaching Cougar Meadow at 6.3mi.
  • 6.9mi: Pass the Cougar Ridge Orv Tr1418 intersection on the right at a sharp bend in the trail, then pass the South Tommy Orv Tr1423 intersection on the left at 7.9mi, near Boiling Spring. At 8mi, begin the 1.6mi Signal Peak ascent, the last major climb of this ride.
  • 11.2mi: After a brief descent from Signal Peak, reach the Billy Creek Tr1416 intersection on the right, and immediately begin descending through 3.5mi of stepped ridgeline, crossing FR5700 at 13mi.
  • 14.4mi: Drop off the last ridge, into a series of very tight, steep switchbacks, down to Mad River Orv Tr1409. Cross Cougar Creek at 16mi.
  • 16.8mi: Near the Cougar Creek shelter, go right onto Mad River Orv Tr1409 and climb back to the Maverick Saddle TH, with a Berg Creek crossing at 19.4mi (near Berg Camp).



Trail Index


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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