Ride Overview

Embark on an Adventure in the Sawtooth Backcountry

Explore the hidden treasures of the Sawtooth Backcountry, nestled deep within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near Twisp, Washington. This thrilling ride offers a perfect blend of technical challenges, breathtaking scenery, and immersive wilderness experiences.

Crater Creek Trailhead:

Start your journey at the Crater Creek Parking Lot, embarking on a gentle rolling climb that gradually transforms into a steeper and more technical ascent. Enjoy approximately 2 hours of scenic riding, passing through picturesque meadows and alongside ice-cold creeks, with opportunities for refreshing breaks and stunning views of Cooney Lake.

Upper Foggy Dew Creek Trail:

Descend the Upper Foggy Dew Creek Trail, enjoying an solid mile of downhill riding before reaching a junction for the Foggy Dew Ridge. Prepare for an elevator ride up to the ridge, followed by a challenging 45-minute hike-a-bike ascent through expansive meadows and rugged terrain.

Foggy Dew Ridge Descent:

Reach the high point of the ridge and embark on another treat of a descent, rewarding your efforts with sweeping views and remote single track trails. Navigate through diverse landscapes, including boulder-strewn terrain, lush meadows, and tree-covered sections, with perfectly bermed turns and steep fall line descending.

Three Unique Descents:

Experience the Foggy Dew Ridge in all its glory, with three distinct descents separated by brief climbs. Each descent offers its own challenges and highlights, culminating in a long and sustained final descent that will leave you exhilarated and craving for more.

Trip Details:

  • Duration: Full-day adventure.
  • Trail Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced.
  • Recommended for: For adventurous riders seeking a unique mountain biking experience in the Sawtooth Backcountry, immerse yourself in the remote and rugged terrain, exploring the beauty of Washington’s high-country mountain biking.
TRIP DATES:
By Appointment
1 Day Guided Trip

$149

Per Person / Per Day
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Distance

(per day)

Ascent: 3,878’
Decent: 5,708’
Mileage: 15

Day Trip Includes:

  • Professionally guided tour of remote single track
  • Shuttles

MAKE IT A WEEKEND

We always have another ride on the weekend that pairs well this this ride.  Consider Angels Staircase, THE Washington Backcountry Epic that makes this a weekend hard to forget.

Meeting Spot 

Foggy Dew Campground just outside of Twisp, Washington.  Detailed instructions will be email to you upon booking.

Shuttle Departure : 9:30 AM

Please arrive 15 minutes early.

CELL PHONES:  DO NOT WORK HERE, Have an offline MAP available for reference. 

MAP: Okanogan Country Map West

PURCHASE MAP – CLICK HERE

Ride Description

This is a great ride that is found deep into the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest just outside of Twisp, Washington.  This ride is technically in the Sawtooth Backcountry, a recreation area coveted by many.  We’ll begin our day at Crater Creek Parking Lot, a gentle rolling climb that eventually turns a little steeper and technical, but rideable the entire way.  We have a solid 2 hours of saddle time to get to our water filter spot and a nice break by ice cold creeks.  We’ll grab a little food and relax as we enjoy the meadow scenery around us.  We’re in a bowl and close to Cooney Lake, a beautiful high elevation lake.  Great for a mid ride swim!

We’ll saddle up and make our way down the upper Foggy Dew Creek Trail, a fun mile of descending before we hit our junction and elevator ride up to the Foggy Dew Ridge. We’ll quickly hop off our bikes and into walk mode, from here we have solid 45 minute hike and bike as we scrap our way up the ridge, through massive meadows, sometimes missing or lost trail, that open the horizon and opportunities to see just how far we’ve come and how far we’re headed.  We’ll eventually hit our high point on the ridge and now it’s time to cash that pay check you’ve been earning all day with a big climb up and a big descent all the way to the valley floor at the Foggy Dew Campground.   Along our ride down, we’ll descend a landscape peppered, in spots, with large boulders, meadows, tree covered sections with black dirt, and turns burmed by motos that provide a perfect pocket for your tires.  The Foggy Dew Ridge is Broken into 3 Descents, broken by small climbs in between.  Each unique in their own way.  Our final decent is the longest and most sustained, loose and fun, like skiing powder.  It’s a “Holy Shit” kind of a day.  If this sounds like your adventure, click the Book Now button and we’ll see you this summer!

Foggy Dew Ridge

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