Mountain bikers looking for a quick get-a-way adventure not too far from home might want to make a trip to the greater Wenatchee area this summer. Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s Central Washington chapter is hosting a free summer group ride series for riders with intermediate fitness and riding skills. No one will be left behind. The goal of the series is to promote mountain biking in the Wenatchee area and to introduce more riders to some of the more accessible backcountry trails that are shaded and high enough in elevation to beat the heat! After two-to-three hours of pedaling, riders will meet up at a local pub for food and drinks.

The series starts on June 29 with a trek up and over Twin Peaks in Wenatchee. This is a local favorite (that many locals don’t even know about) and can be ridden as a loop or shuttled. Experience views of Rainier and Glacier Peak before descending 4,000 feet to the valley below through pine forests, golden fields, and sage desert.

Join them on July 20 in Cashmere for a 14-mile loop on the Red Devil Trail. This loop has always been out-shadowed by its more popular neighbor, Devil’s Gulch, but after the final 4-mile descent back to the car, you will see why the Red Devil is a worthy rival!

Finally, on August 17 they will head up to the Lake Wenatchee area outside of Leavenworth for a Chikamin Creek adventure. This will probably be a hot and dusty ride, but a burger and a few beers will be waiting for you at the end.

Keep your eye on Central Washington Evergreen’s Facebook page for updates and directions, here. Weather or fire issues may result in cancellations, so please check in with us before you drive out! More info: craigvanderhart@gmail.com. //

Craig Vander Hart