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Mission Ridge

Central Cascades

Location

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East
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Length

14.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 4963 ft.

Rating

2.80 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

The Mission Ridge trail is primarily used by mountain bikes and dirt bikes, which can make for a nice, compacted trail. But by the same token, parts of the single-track can be a bit narrow and cupped, having been carved out by bikes. This can be a bit hard on the knees and ankles after awhile (especially with the additional weight of a backpack).

There are no established camping spots along the trail, and because it's a gulch, flat spots are a little hard to come by. You may be lucky enough to find a semi-established flat spot at the top of Mission Ridge. To locate this potential camp site, head one-tenth of a mile south on the Mission Ridge trail from the trail junction of Devil's Gulch and Mission Ridge. It's located to the right in a little clearing opposite a small knoll with a nice view of the valley.

The nearest available water is about half a mile farther south on the Mission Ridge trail. Be sure to fill up on water here -- the Mission Ridge trail is a dry one.

The hike is rather steep, as the trail was designed for motor-powered travelers, so hiking poles may be a welcome respite from continuous jarring on the knees.

About one-third of the Mission Ridge trail is through burnt-out forest and fireweed underbrush. Wildflowers are plentiful here--don't forget your camera!

 

Mission Ridge

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.4058, -120.5076 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

Mission Ridge (#1201)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Central Cascades (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Wenatchee/Mission Ridge/Devils Gulch No. 211S map

Getting There

From Wenatchee, head southwet on Orondo Ave toward S. Wenatchee Ave. Continue onto Cherry St and then turn left onto S. Western Ave. S. Western Ave becomes Number 2 Canyon Rd in 5 miles. Turn left onto NF-7101/Number 2 Canyon Rd in 2 miles. Continue onto Peavine Canyon Rd in 1.3 miles. Continue onto NF-7100 for 3.1 miles. The trailhead will be on your left.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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