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Stemilt Creek Loop

A ride for road riders willing to contend with some smooth dirt roads or mountain bikers willing to contend with pavement.  This ride mainly follows quiet roads, cuts through a wide variety of orchard and forest lands, and delivers beautiful views over the Columbia River and Cascade Mountains.


SKILLS: 2 (Intermediate). FITNESS: 2 (Intermediate).


DISTANCE and ELEVATION: The route is only about 16 miles long but in that distance there's 1,940 feet of elevation gain (grunt) and the same amount of loss (check the brakes).


ACCESS. Head south out of Wenatchee following the Columbia River on the Malaga Alcoa Highway. At the highway’s 3-mile mark, turn right on the Stemilt Creek Road. Drive 0.2 miles and park in a large pullout on the left (south) side of the road.



--Ride 3 miles uphill.

--At a Y with the Stemilt Hill Rd, stay right on the Stemilt Creek Road. (You could also drive to this Y for a shorter ride).

--In another 2.25 miles, the road bends left and turns to dirt. Follow the dirt road as it climbs quite steeply for another 1.2 miles.

--At a stop sign marking the intersection with the paved Stemilt Loop Road, turn left (a right turn leads to the Wenatchee Heights Road in about 5 miles).

--After another 3.8 miles, reach an intersection with a little community church on the right (for a shorter ride follow the Stemilt Hill Rd back to the Y mentioned earlier).

--Turn right on Joe Miller Road and follow it on a fun, twisting descent for 2.5 miles.

--Go left on Hamlin and drop another 1.2 miles.

--Turn left on West Malaga Road and go 1.25 miles.

--Turn left and follow the Malaga Alcoa Highway for 0.5 miles.

--Turn left on the Stemilt Creek Road and go 0.2 miles back to the car.


ADDING MILEAGE TO THIS ROUTE. Add about 7 miles of roundtrip distance to this route by parking at Lincoln Park (corner of Methow and Crawford Streets) in Wenatchee, following Crawford Street downhill (east) to South Wenatchee Avenue (aka the Malaga-Alcoa Highway), turning right, and riding 3 miles to Stemilt Creek Road. The shoulder of the highway is good and, on weekend mornings, the traffic is light.


RECOMMENDED SEASONS. Mid-April to mid-May when the fruit trees are in blossom or autumn when the leaves are in color.


USES ALLOWED. Biking, running, motorized use.


CONS or HAZARDS. Some traffic, especially along the highway (shoulder is good).




MAPS:  See larger map.



TRIP REPORTER: Andy Dappen, 5/2005

MORE ROAD RIDES: Maps and details of over 35 regional road rides in the biking guidebook.


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