Lake Chelan Backcountry
DAY 1 and 2
This ride is better known as Angels Staircase, a Pacific Northwest Epic, we’re glad you made it here! Because of the pristine environment, guides are entered into a Lottery for access here, and we were fortunate enough to gain access this year. With only 24 spots available to us for the season, you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity. Nestled in at high elevation, we have a tight window of opportunity to ride this trail. Big Mountains, we’ll be riding at the Wilderness Boundary line as high as 8,000 ft in elevation, surrounded by the snow capped mountains, Sapphire Blue Alpine Lakes, and a beautifully rugged landscape weathered by millions of years of seasonal change. We’ll be riding a loop on this day, clockwise around the most notable peak, Martin Peak (8,350 ft). To complete our loop, well need to climb up and over the crest of this small chain of mountains. To the south is Switchback Mountain, we’ll throw our bikes on our shoulders and go for a little hike. This peak out is breathtaking, there is no better word. This is the place to reflect, appreciate and enjoy our surrounding world. Not to mention the descending credits you’ve built up, it’s time for us to have some fun. We’ll make our way to Horsehead Pass and from here, you’re cashing checks, your work is done and you have a huge payback right back to the TCE Van and some ice cold beverages.
Welcome to Lake Chelan, perhaps the best kept secret in the State of Washington. The trails surrounding this lake are world class, providing an endless inventory of huge 5,000 ft descents and grandiose views of the Northern Cascade Mountain Range. There are great housing accommodations in the area, we’d recommend you and your crew score an Air BNB and make a weekend of it. This ride starts and ends at Twenty File Mile Creek State Park. This ride begins with a massive 5,000 ft. shuttle to the top of the the mountain, where we start are ride traversing across the Devils Backbone, a spiny rock ridge with massive talus fields and incredible alpine views. This is where most of your climbing comes in for the ride, it’s a sporty ridgeline traverse with some tough climbing, but also some fun descending and incredible scenery. We’ll eventually reach the trail intersection of Pot Peak and a massive 5k descent all the way back down to our cars. We can’t say enough good about this area. This is a brand new zone for us this year, and because of the pristine environment we work in, there are only 24 spots available for the entire season, we’d recommend you book this trip before someone else does!
(PER DAY AVG.)
Mileage: 20 Miles
We discuss each day’s ride together, and we have the ability to adjust our rides based on how the group is feeling.
Day Trip Includes:
- Custom ride itinerary for the Sawtooth and Lake Chelan Backcountry
- Professional Guides
- Satellite Communications / Rider Communications
- Ride Shuttles and Airport Transportation
- Remote kitchen for your camp chef to prepare Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner for you and your group.
- Beer, Cocktails, Wine, Lacroix and other tasty beverages included
- MSR Tent and Thermarest Sleeping Pad
- Standup paddle boarding, Fishing, Games
- Plenty of Firewood
- Hot Showers
Shuttle Departure Location : TBD
Shuttle Departure Time : TBD
Please arrive 15 minutes early.
ALL INCLUSIVE DETAILS
MSR TENT WITH SLEEPING PAD
We supply you with a two person MSR tent and Thermarest camping pad. Campground fees included. Van/RV Glamping welcomed. You’ll still need to bring a sleeping bag rated for below freezing and your pillow.
FOOD AND DRINKS
We partner with a number of Oregon’s Top Chefs to provide you with an incredible culinary experience throughout your trip. Carnivorous , Vegetarian and Vegan menus are available. Each morning you’ll wake up to a hot or cold breakfast of your choice. Lunch and Snacks are prepared for you to take on your ride each day. After a good day of riding the bike, we’ll sit down by the table to eat a well prepared meal with each other. The menu also includes beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages to quench your thirst. We want to get this right, so please let us know what you’d like to see so we can make it happen.
with the Sawtooth and Lake Chelan Backcountry
With our Headquarters in Oakridge, Oregon and the majority of our riding done in the Willamette National Forest (Oregon) and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest (SW Washington), this place was off the radar geographically. When we first put our tires on the ground here, our minds were blown. It’s such a unique and diverse riding landscape and a perfect compliment to the dank and dark forest on the more Western Side of the Cascade Mountain Range. The east side of the cascades definitely own a massive volume of 5K descents and high elevation riding amongst saphire blue lakes, massive ponderosa pines and a more desert landscape, the Northern Portion of the Cascades are a site to see.