5 days in a lit­tle slice of par­adise, moun­tain bik­ing in Leav­en­worth has some­thing for every­one! This Bavar­i­an-themed town in the heart of the Cas­cade Moun­tains is the per­fect host for your sin­gle­track adventure.

Just a hop, skip, and a jump, err a cou­ple hour dri­ve from the Ever­green forests, rich waters, and strong cof­fee of the Puget Sound, you’ll dis­cov­er Leav­en­worth, smack in the mid­dle of Wash­ing­ton state, our des­ti­na­tion for this ride.

This 5‑day ride will knock your socks off if you can shake the kitschy Bavar­i­an-theme of our host vil­lage.  Locat­ed in East­ern Wash­ing­ton, the “dry side” as locals call it, the Leav­en­worth area offers a lit­tle dif­fer­ent kind of rid­ing com­pared to the West side. Set on a val­ley floor, you’ll grind uphill and scream down­hill on a mix of great flow and exposed alpine sin­gle­track trails. No wet roots here. Leav­en­worth enjoys four dis­tinct sea­sons and an arid climate. 

Get ready to fill your lungs with fresh moun­tain air and your bel­lies with brats, PNW cui­sine, and NW craft beers. Bring your cam­era for the jaw drop­ping views in every direction. 

*** This ride is GREAT for cus­tom and pri­vate groups. Add white­wa­ter, rock climb­ing, hik­ing, and enough rid­ing to keep any lev­el of rid­er stoked for weeks.***

Is This Ride For You?

Maybe you’ve recent­ly start­ed moun­tain bik­ing and have the bug or have been rid­ing for a while but keep it on the tamer side of sin­gle­track. You already have the basics of rid­ing, but you haven’t found the groove or devel­oped the con­fi­dence to take it to the next lev­el. You are a rid­er look­ing to learn and grow. You want to spend your time in the com­pa­ny of like-mind­ed explores. You want to take pho­tos, iden­ti­fy wildlife or have a curios­i­ty about the pletho­ra of flow­ers, shrubs, trees and cac­ti. You want to know if some­thing goes wrong with your bike, your guides are ready to fix it on trail and are hap­py to use it as a learn­ing expe­ri­ence. You appre­ci­ate being on vaca­tion and hav­ing the details sort­ed out. You deserve a week of wor­ry-free moun­tain bik­ing in a beau­ti­ful and diverse paradise.


DAY 1. Head for the Dry Side

Willkom­men to Seat­tle! We’ll pick you up in the morn­ing either at the air­port, in down­town Seat­tle or in Issaquah before head­ing to our head­quar­ters to get you fit­ted on your Giant Trance (unless you opt to bring your own bike). Once bikes are tuned and ready to go, we will load up and head over Sno­qualmie Pass to the dry side, as “Wash­ing­to­ni­ans” call East­ern Wash­ing­ton.  We’ll put bikes down in Roslyn (Home of the 90s hit TV show North­ern Expo­sure) and get to riding.

We’ll begin our ride in a sub­alpine tran­si­tion for­est and make our way through white pines, pon­derosas pines and dou­glas firs. The dirt here is very dif­fer­ent with more sand and quartz mak­ing for loos­er ter­rain. As we hit the first ridge­line, we’ll gain views to the north of Mt. Stu­art and The Enchant­ments (a region of the Cas­cades known for breath­tak­ing alpine lakes). After a tra­verse around the back­side, we’ll have a long descent to the Cole Mines Trail which will be our path back to Roslyn. 

Post ride, we’ll hop in the shut­tle for an hour ride over Blewett Pass to Leav­en­worth.  Hold on to your hel­mets because you’re going to think you’ve been tele­port­ed to Bavaria.  Leav­en­worth…  We’ll check in to LOGE, in the heart of the vil­lage, home for the next 4 nights. LOGE was built for out­doorsy folks and is equipped with all the ameni­ties you’ll need. 

DAY 2. Fre­und Canyon

You’ll awak­en to the sounds of the Alpen­horn, or maybe just the alarm. After a hearty break­fast down­town, we’ll ped­al from the hotel to Ski Hill, the cen­tral hub for some of Der town’s most pop­u­lar trails. In the win­ter months, Ski Hill serves as just what the name implies com­plete with two rope tows, light­ed Nordic ski and skate trails and a his­toric lodge. Over the past 11 years, the Ski Hill Project, rep­re­sent­ing a part­ner­ship between Ever­green Moun­tain Bike Alliance and the USFS Wenatchee Ranger Dis­trict has con­nect­ed a series of trails that moun­tain bik­ers have worked to build for over 15 years. 

Once at Ski Hill, we’ll work on some skills before ascend­ing 4 the Boyz, a memo­r­i­al to four locals that lost their lives in two avalanch­es. We’ll quick­ly be greet­ed with our first views of the vil­lage below, with sur­round­ing orchards, views east to Wenatchee and tow­er­ing moun­tains. After an ini­tial descent, the climb begins.  We’ll climb 5 miles, first on an access road, but most­ly on sin­gle­track, with occa­sion­al views and only very short steep bits before we are ready for the real descent.  Fre­und Canyon is a “flow” trail with mas­sive wall rides and berms.  Think a con­tin­u­ous snake-like descent that alter­nates between wall ride and berm. 

After the clas­sic Fre­und trail, if you crave anoth­er lap, we will climb and dif­fer­ent route and either take a sec­ond descent on Fre­und or step it up and ride a more chal­leng­ing, knife edge trail, Rosie Boa. 

A day at Ski Hill will give you a taste want­i­ng more. If you’re legs are still up for it by Day 4, come back for Ribbed, Rosie or both!  We’ll ride back to the vil­lage to enjoy din­ner with a moun­tain view and deli­cious local cuisine.

DAY 3. Wenatchee’s Sage Hills

After anoth­er hearty break­fast we’ll hop in the vans for a half hour trip east to Wenatchee where we’ll ride trails man­aged by the Cen­tral chap­ter of EMBA in part­ner­ship with the Chelan Dou­glas Land Trust. As the miles pass, the topog­ra­phy quick­ly tran­si­tions from moun­tain­ous ever­green forests, through orchards to scrub­land. The self-pro­claimed “Apple Cap­i­tal of the World” and home to Sage Hills, is named for the Sal­ish-speak­ing Pisqu­ose Indi­ans known as the Wenatchi People. 

The rolling hills found at Sage Hills, on the edge of Wenatchee offer won­der­ful views of the mighty Colum­bia Riv­er, the Wenatchee Val­ley and the North Cas­cades. Spring­time brings vibrant col­or to the area with wild sage, yel­low arrowleaf bal­sam­root, Indi­an paint­brush and pur­ple lupine.  Sin­gle track dirt trails lead over, around and through these beau­ti­ful rolling hills. 

We’ll head back to the vil­lage to enjoy din­ner with a moun­tain view and deli­cious local cuisine. 

DAY 4. Day off — Ride the Waves of the Wenatchee, Explore the Vil­lage or Ride

After anoth­er deli­cious break­fast, you’ll have options for how you’d like to spend the day. Are you look­ing for adven­ture? White­wa­ter raft­ing the Wenatchee Riv­er may be right up your alley.  For some, sit­ting and relax­ing by the riv­er will be just the tick­et. If you have more legs and would like to ride, The NUT to Ribbed or Rosie, or both. Or per­haps you’d like a change of pace and decide to hike up Ici­cle Ridge Trail for a dif­fer­ent view of the vil­lage. Oth­er activ­i­ties include going shop­ping, wine, beer or spir­its tast­ing or check­ing out the quirky, Euro-themed village. 

Leav­en­worth looked to tourism and recre­ation as a major econ­o­my as ear­ly as 1929, when they opened a ski jump (yes, at Ski Hill). They haven’t looked back. With over 2.5 mil­lion vis­i­tors annu­al­ly, Leav­en­worth can feel a lot big­ger than its vil­lage pop­u­la­tion of 2,067. Leav­en­worth is home to the LW Nut­crack­er Muse­um (we’re not kid­ding), hosts an annu­al Okto­ber­fest cel­e­bra­tion and has some of the friend­liest locals. If you’re lucky enough to encounter a local, you’ll get a glimpse of what life is like in this Der town. 

Day 5. Back to the We(s)t Side

Enjoy your final “Bavar­i­an” break­fast, pack up your bags and grab a cof­fee for the road. We are head­ed west back over the Cas­cade moun­tains for a final day of rid­ing. We are head­ed for a full ride at Rat­tlesnake or Duthie. 

Long time home to unsanc­tioned trails, years of advo­ca­cy have turned this once ille­gal moun­tain bike “secret” into a legit and above board des­ti­na­tion. Now host­ing the most pop­u­lar trail in the state, Rag­ing Riv­er will be a great test for all the skill work we have learned over the week. The climb starts from a park­ing lot that will give you a glimpse of how big the moun­tain bike com­mu­ni­ty is around here. But once we hit the sin­gle track, you find plen­ty of space. Most trails on this hill are one-way and spread out to a diverse net­work giv­ing every rid­er a clean line. As with most trail net­works in the region, you will start with a chal­leng­ing climb. Once on top, if the clouds give way, you will have views of Mt. Rainier to the South and Si to the North. If it’s a typ­i­cal PNW day, the trees are the view.

From here we will most­ly like­ly take the most flowy way back down, but we may add in a lit­tle tech thrill for some or all the descent back to mid moun­tain. From mid moun­tain, time for Wash­ing­ton’s most pop­u­lar trail, Pop­pin Tops. One lap on this trail an you will see why it gets so much atten­tion. Flow, jumps (not manda­to­ry), berms, views. If you have had your fill of climb­ing, we will con­tin­ue down Flow­state which is just like it sounds. 

Lunch will be at the bot­tom where every­one decom­press­es and relives the ride, by the tail­gates. When we’re done, it’s time for a big round of hugs and high-fives. We’ll shut­tle you to your hotel of choice, or the air­port. It’s been a slice! 

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Ride Data: Cascadia, Eurostyle

Day Hours of rid­ing Dis­tance rid­den Ele­va­tion gained Ele­va­tion lost High­est ele­va­tion
1 4 15 1200 1200 3500
2 4 15 2000 2000 3000
3 4 15 2000 2000 3500
4 0 0 0 0 0
5 4 8 1500 1500 2500
Totals 16 HRS

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Dates chosen: May. 15, 2023—May. 19, 2023
Skill Rating: Green Circle
Fitness Rating: Blue Square
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Skill Levels
Black Diamond

The Black Diamond Rides are  suitable for riders looking for that edge. Maybe it’s the edge of a drop, the edge of a cliff, or singletrack requiring focus and fast reactions developed from extensive experience riding “the edge”. You will find yourself on steep trails of varied surfaces. In the Pacific North West that could be slick roots and loam, in Nepal you will find exposed granite in the Mustang Valley and in Guatemala it maybe narrow stairways through cliffside villages. While airtime is rarely required, the ability to find the backside or clean a tabletop should be comfortable or in a state of progress. Obstacles on Black rides are likely to be outside the range of your bikes ability to cover your goofs with its awesome suspension and grip.

Blue Square

In general, Blue trails are narrower than green trails, encounter unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, and drops that are up to 8-inches tall. You will want to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of mountain biking including body positions, powerful braking, cornering, riding on varied terrain, steep sections and experience riding trails that requires line choice. Airtime is not mandatory, but you will find yourself on trails with alternate lines giving you the option.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black ride is for those that already know they are looking for a Double Black. It’s going to be very hard and require advanced bike handling skills. You will find yourself on trails with sections most non-riders would look at and say, “that’s totally nuts!”. You will know how to look at a line and contemplate where it will work and where it won’t. Drops of a couple feet should be comfortable and getting your bike off the ground should feel predictable and fun.

Green Circle

Typically, green Rides are safe for beginners. Green Rides may have both avoidable and unavoidable obstacles. Trails are generally low grade, wide, consistent surface texture and have minimal features. You are likely to come across unavoidable obstacles 2-inches or shorter, which is small enough for mountain bike tires to simply roll over. More challenging than tarmac, but in general, a wonderful Ride for those riders new to mountain biking or looking for a casual experience.

Fitness Levels
Black Diamond

A Black Fitness ride will test you. Aside from needing to be able to manage up to 6 hours on the bike, day after day, including distance up to 50km/30miles and elevation gains up to 1750m/5000feet of climbing, you will be adding extra challenges along the route like periods of hike-a-bike and the extra effort required by the whole body to safely dance with your bike over technical terrain. Generally, riders who are up for a Black Fitness ride, likely spend time on the bike a couple times each week.

Blue Square

Blue should be considered a good deal more effort than our Green Rides.  You should be able to handle 3 to 5 hours in the saddle covering up to 45km/30miles and be able to pull off a big day of 1000m/3000feet of elevation gain. Managing fuel is important as well.  You should have a good understanding how your body responds to multiple days on the bike. We will help with positive coaching, a manageable pace and plenty of trailside snacks.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black will be for those with the strength and endurance to get to the top of anything they want and understand the term “turning the screw”. Distance could be quite high on some routes and elevation gain numbers could hit 2000m/6000 feet+ in a day. You are likely riding multiple days a week during the dry periods and have a trainer or belong to a gym for the rest of the year.

Green Circle

You should be ready to spend 2-4 hours per day on the bike. Mileage may be up to 30km/20 miles and elevation gain will be under 500m/1500feet. On e-MTB tours, numbers will be higher, however the approximate effort would be considered similar to a standard Green Circle ride. If you get on your bike once a week, you will be just fine. However, when preparing for a Ride, you will benefit from more rides and time in the saddle.