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Mad River

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Other Names

Okanogan–wenatchee National Forest, Lake Wenatchee Ranger District, Entiat Mountains, Mad River Trails, Devil's Backbone, Goose Creek Campground, Fish Lake, Grouse Creek Campground, Deep Creek Campground, Tyee Mountain, Maverick Saddle, Pine Flat Campground, Pot Peak, Snowberry Camp, Stormy Mountain, Windy Camp, Angle Peak, Handy Spring Camp, Lake Chelan, Mad Lake, Two Little Lakes, Minnow Ridge, Alder Ridge, Cougar Mountain, Cottonwood Camp, Tommy Creek, Klone Peak, Lake Creek Camp, Lower Chiwawa, Hi Yu Trail #1403

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Okanogan–Wenatchee National Forest offers about 200 miles of single track trails that are geared for the advanced rider. The terrain is rated as mostly challenging but there are a couple of easy trails that lead toward Mad Lake that are very scenic. A couple black diamond trails are located on the other side of the mountains which require a long trail ride from the Mad River area or at least an additional hour car drive to get to the trailhead for Devil's Backbone and Angel Peak.

The area has plenty of camping areas with direct trail access but the popular choice for dirt bike riders to stage and camp is at Goose Creek. A small fee is charged if camping at Goose Creek but the other camprounds are free.

The upper Mad River section closes seasonally during the winter months but the rest of the trail system remains open year-round. The trails are generally covered in snow from November through June but call first for current conditions before heading out.

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Permit RequiredYesWA ORV Tab
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (105 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYes
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


Miles Of Trail200
Climate TypeForest
Elevation2100 to 6500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has almost all single track trails.All
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has many intersections.Many
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (S)Shell (509) 763-0640
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (S)Shell (509) 763-0640
Potable Water WaterOn SiteGoose Creek Campground (509) 548-2550
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SW)Lake Wenatchee State Park (509) 763-3101
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SW)Lake Wenatchee State Park (509) 763-3101
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteGoose Creek Campground (509) 548-2550
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (S)Shell (509) 763-0640


Tent: $18.00
RV: $18.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $7.00
Goose Creek Campground Fee


Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Nearest CityLeavenworth, WA
AddressLower Chiwawa River Road, Leavenworth, WA 98826
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Seattle, WA
1) Take US-2 East about 100 miles
2) Turn left (north) onto Hwy 207, continue about 5 miles
3) Turn right (east) onto County Road 22, continue about 1 mile
4) Turn right (north) onto Chiwawa River Road, continue 3.2 miles
5) Veer right onto NF-6208, continue .1 mile
6) Turn right (south-east) onto NF-6100, continue .7 miles
7) Goose Creek Campground is on the right (west).


Contact InfoOkanogan–wenatchee NF - Wenatchee River Ranger District
600 Sherbourne
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 548-2550
Contact InfoWashington State Department of Licensing
(360) 902-3770
CommentWA ORV Tab Info


Mad River Trail Photo

Mad River Trail

Photo Submitted 9/2/2017 (Thanks!)

Mad River Trail Photo

Mad River Trail

Photo Submitted 9/2/2017 (Thanks!)

Mad River Trail Photo

Mad River Trail

Photo Submitted 7/13/2018 (Thanks!)

Mad River Trail Photo

Mad River Trail

Photo Submitted 11/7/2018 (Thanks!)

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