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Thompson Ridge Trail

Monday, March 16, 2020

Other Names

Colville National Forest, Three Rivers Ranger District, Davis Lake, Matsen Creek, Jackknife Mountain

Last Known StatusOpen

This trail is linear (one way in, one way out) and is about 3 miles long each way. The trail starts ends at a bluff with panoramic mountain and forest views.

The trail is wide enough for machines up to 72 inches wide but riders are encouraged to bring a chainsaw and a shovel as there may be tree branches and dense vegetation blocking the route and potential washouts.

Other forest service roads to the west can be explored including Jackknife Mountain. Nearby Davis Lake Campground offers four sites, each with a picnic table, fire pit and tent pad. The campground also has a small boat ramp (non-motorized use only) and a short hiking trail that loops around the lake.

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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 Limit
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
Rule Enforcement
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TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityKettle Falls, WA
AddressMatsen Creek Road, Kettle Falls, WA 99141
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From: Kettle Falls, WA
1) Take Hwy 395 west across the Columbia River Bridge
2) Turn right to stay on Hwy 395, continue about 7 miles
3) Turn left (west) onto Matsen Creek Road, continue 2.6 miles
4) Look for former log loading area, park here.

For Trailhead:
5) Continue west on Matsen Creek Road for about 1 mile
6) Turn right (west) onto FS Road 705, continue .1 mile
7) Veer left at fork onto FS Road 710, continue 2.2 miles
8) Turn right (north) to stay on FS Road 710, continue .9 miles
9) Turn right at fork onto unmarked road, continue .8 miles
10) Trailhead is on the right (north).

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoColville National Forest - Three Rivers Ranger District
255 W. 11th Avenue
Kettle Falls, WA 99141
(509) 738-7700
mailroom_r6_colville@fs.fed.us
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact InfoTri-county Motorized Recreation Association
1675 Marble Valley Basin Road
Addy, WA 99101
anneott@gmail.com
anneott@centurytel.net
tcmra.com
CommentLocal offroad club that maintains trails and hosts group rides.

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TERRAIN

Miles Of Trail3
Climate TypeForest
Elevation2800 to 4200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
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 some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has mostly roads.Mostly
ShadeThis national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
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
CommentUnauthorized travel beyond the end of the trail downhill to the northwest is to be avoided. This area is currently under consideration for future opening.

GPS POINTS

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline GasolineKettle Falls, WA
Diesel DieselKettle Falls, WA
Potable Water WaterKettle Falls, WA
RV Hookups RV HookupKettle Falls, WA
RV Dump Station RV DisposalKettle Falls, WA
Primitive Camping CampgroundKettle Falls, WA
Convenience Store Conv StoreKettle Falls, WA
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