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Mad River

Thursday, July 11, 2019

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 is 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 numerous camping areas with direct trail access but the popular choice for dirt bike riders to camp is at Goose Creek. A small fee is charged if camping at Goose Creek but there are other camprounds that are free.

The upper Mad River section closes seasonally during the winter months but the rest of the trail system remains but is generally covered in snow from November through June. Call first before heading out.

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REGULATIONS

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 UTVs / SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited
2 Cycle EnginesNo Restriction
Motocross 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 BlazingProhibitedkeep on the trail
Rule Enforcement
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TERRAIN

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

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest

KEY SERVICES

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

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
CampingYes
Tent: $14.00
RV: $14.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $10.00
Goose Creek Campground Fee

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityLeavenworth, WA
AddressLower Chiwawa River Road, Leavenworth, WA 98826
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Street Map
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) Campground entrance is on the right (west).

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoOkanogan–wenatchee NF - Wenatchee River Ranger District
600 Sherbourne
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 548-2550
mailroom_r6_okanogan@fs.fed.us
mailroom_r6_wenatchee@fs.fed.us
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact InfoWashington State Department of Licensing
(360) 902-3770
titles@dol.wa.gov
www.dol.wa.gov
CommentWA ORV Tab Info

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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

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Mad River Trail Photo

Mad River Trail

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