Mt. Rainier & Crystal Mountain Lodging

Mountain Biking

The rewards are plentiful with world class views, challenging terrain and thrills only known by adventurists who take up the challenge. The foothills of Mt. Rainier and the forests of the White River region and Crystal Mountain offer premier riding and the trails are about as close as you can get to the mountain on a bike. Trails like Skookum Flats and Palisades have received national recognition as epic trails – come see for yourself!

Intermediate

Skookum Flats
Distance: 8 mi. one-way
Elevation Gain: 700 ft.
Pass Required: Northwest Forest Pass
Riding Season: Apr - Nov
Trailhead Directions: From Enumclaw head east 25 miles on SR 410. Just before the Dalles Campground, turn right onto Forest Road 73. Proceed for .4 mile to trailhead located just beyond bridge over White River.

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One of the most popular mountain biking routes in the Mount Rainier region, it's easy to see why. Skookum Flats is easy to get to, accessible from spring to fall, and provides for a nice technical, albeit not too difficult ride within a stunning natural setting.

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White River Trail
Distance: 5.9 mi.
Elevation Gain: -600 ft.
Pass Required: Northwest Forest Pass
Riding Season: spring, summer & fall
Trailhead Directions: From Enumclaw, drive east 31 miles to Corral Pass Road (Forest Road 7174). Turn left onto Corral Pass Road and continue 1 mile to the trailhead on the left side of the road.

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Good for your early season opener. The trail parallels Hwy 410 beginning at Corral Pass Road 7174. Since you lose elevation (-600ft) this is a great option for getting your legs in shape for the summer season. The trail crosses Deep Creek, Ranger Creek and then connects with Buck Creek Trail and continues over Snoquera Creek. Trails lead to Camp Sheppard, Snoquera Falls and the Palisades Trail. If “streams in the forest” seem to call your name, you’ll find the splendid natural beauty along this route delightful!

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Dalles River Trail
Distance: 0.8 mi.
Elevation Gain: none
Pass Required: No fee required
Riding Season: spring, summer & fall
Trailhead Directions: From Enumclaw, drive east 25 miles to the Dalles Campground. Turn right into the campground and drive 150 feet to the road on the right. Follow this road past the campsites to the Big Tree parking area. The trail begins at the Big Douglas Fir.

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Begin your riverside ride in The Dalles Campground area. If your kids are new to mountain biking adventures, this is a great option to please the whole family. Follow the Snoqualmie-Enumclaw River from the campground to Forest Road 73. One of the largest Douglas fir trees in the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie Ranger District stands as your greeter at the trailhead.

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Advanced

Suntop
Distance: 22 mi. loop, when combined with Skookum Flats Trail and FR 7315
Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft.
Pass Required: Northwest Forest Pass
Riding Season: late June - October
Trailhead Directions: From Enumclaw head east 25 miles on SR 410. Just before the Dalles Campground, turn right onto Forest Road 73. Proceed just over one mile and turn left onto Forest Road 7315. Continue 5 miles to trailhead located in a saddle below fire tower lookout. For the lower trailhead: From Enumclaw head east 30 miles on SR 410 turning right onto Forest Road 7160. After about a half mile turn left onto spur Forest road 210 and continue for one mile to trailhead.

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If an unobstructed view of Mt. Rainier is your heart’s desire, this trail delivers! You will feel like you can reach out and touch the mountain from Sun Top. Still need convincing? How about discovering the 1934-built lookout that sits on Sun Top's 5,271-foot summit? This well groomed trail offers several options as far as routes, all challenging!

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Crystal Mountain
Distance: 12.6 mi. loop
Elevation Gain: 3,550 ft.
Pass Required: NW Forest Pass
Riding Season: July - mid-September
Trailhead Directions: From the Crystal Mountain Road (Forest Road 7190) drive 4.4 miles to Forest Road 7190510. Turn right and drive .4 mile to Sand Flats dispersed camping area and trailhead.

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Trade in the skis for your bike and you are set to have a brand new Crystal Mountain experience! From the trailhead, you will be among second growth trees mingled with old growth and then find a few alpine fir trees tossed in. At 3 miles on the ridge top, the views are second to none! Keep climbing to the top of the chairlift and in six miles, gourmet dining is ready if you please, at the Summit House restaurant. The downhill ascent through the alpine basin, past Henskin Lake gives you other options to investigate other trailheads leading to Bear Gap or head down to the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort area, where the Snorting Elk Cellar awaits your arrival. Make it more fun by using two vehicles, park one at the resort (no fee to park) and the other at Sand Flats.

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Expert

Deep Creek
Distance: 4 mi. one way
Elevation Gain: 3,050 ft.
Pass Required: Northwest Forest Pass
Riding Season: July – early Sept
Trailhead Directions: From Enumclaw drive 31.6 miles to Corral Pass Road (Forest Road 7174). Turn left and continue 1 mile to trailhead 1199. Find trailhead on left side of the road at the switchback corner. Follow trail 1199 for .5 mile to Deep Creek Trail 1196.

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The trail climbs through old growth trees and we do mean climb! At .5 miles there is a spur trail to the left and a viewpoint of the Snoqualmie-Enumclaw Valley. At 3.6 miles, take in a superb view of Mt. Rainier and Hwy 410. Get ready for a challenge!

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Ranger Creek
Distance: 18.1 mi. loop
Elevation Gain: 4,100 ft.
Pass Required: Northwest Forest Pass
Riding Season: July - early Sept
Trailhead Directions: Begin ride at Corral Pass Road (Forest Road 7174) just off Hwy 410.

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This trail climbs through beautiful old growth forests. At 2.6 miles, the trail intersects with a spur to Little Ranger Rock offering views of the Snoqualmie-Enumclaw valley. At 4.6 miles, find a shelter and picnic spot thanks to the Boy Scouts. The best view of Mt. Rainier is at the junction of the Dalles Ridge Trail 1173. Ride on single track and dirt road. In a nutshell: At Corral Pass, ride Noble Knob trail #1184 to the Dallas Ridge Trail #1173; descend Ranger Creek Trail #1197 to trail #1199 and return to the start.

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Palisades Trail
Distance: 27.1 mi. loop
Elevation Gain: 5,100 ft.
Pass Required: Northwest Forest Pass
Riding Season: July – early Sept
Trailhead Directions: Begin your cross country journey at Corral Pass Road 7174 at the intersection of Hwy 410.

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Yes, epic describes this perfectly. Putting all the trails together in one route, here is the itinerary in a nutshell: Peddle up 5.5 miles on Forest Road 7174 to Corral Pass. At Corral Pass, find Noble Knob Trail #1184. Follow the trail to Dalles Ridge Trail #1173 and on to Ranger Creek Trail #1197. At 10.6 miles, reach a fork in the trail and take the right fork, Palisades Trail #1198. At 17 miles, reach a 4-way intersection: take a gentle left onto White River Trail #1199. On this epic ride you will feel as if you have seen it all!

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Find more information on the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest website.  

Rental Information

Enumclaw Ski and Mountain Sports

240 Roosevelt Ave E
Enumclaw, WA 98022
(360) 825-6910

Summer Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri     10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday      10 a.m. – 2 p.m.