Attractions: An excellent mid-summer and autumn ride. Superb single-track and a scenic summit combine to make this one of the state's better intermediate, cross-country rides. Many other more difficult rides branch off the trunk line formed by the Mad River.
Skill: 2 (intermediate) 2+
Fitness: 3 (advanced)
Maps. See our map.
Access: From Coles Corner on Highway 2, take Highway 207 toward Lake Wenatchee and Plain. Go about 4.5 miles and just past the Wenatchee River, fade right on the Chiwawa Loop Road. Carry on past the Midway Store and just past the Thousand Trails Campground turn left on dirt road #6100. Follow this to Deep Creek Campground, turn right on road #6101, and follow this for about 6.5 miles to Maverick Saddle. Park at Maverick Saddle. Note: This approach is not good for cars with low clearance.
- From Maverick Saddle, ride about a third of a mile down a rough gravel road to the Upper Mad River Trail (#1409). Start riding up this trail. The trail crosses the river a few times but just keeps following the main drainage. It undulates with a number of short, steep climbs. Overall, however, the climb is a very ridable grade. After 8.5 miles, a spur trail (#1406) travels about .5 miles downhill to Mad Lake.
- Reach Klone Peak by following trail #1409 about a mile past the Mad Lake turn up to Marble Meadows. Turn right on Trail #1426. Travel about another mile and at Tommy Creek turn left, pass through Klone Meadows and climb to the peak. All but the last few hundred yards of trail are ridable.
- Return the way you came or descend Tommy Creek to Two Little Lakes and then follow Blue Creek until it reconnects with Mad River.
Permits: None needed as of 2004
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