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Miners Ridge (Entiat)

Central Cascades

Location

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan
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Length

4.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 5750 ft.

Rating

3.80 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

NOTE: This trail used to follow the below route, but after the Cougar Creek Fire in July 2018, the route has been lost, and strong route-finding skills are required to navigate to the ridge. There are downed/charred trees, the ground is loose and ash-covered, and there is no shade cover - please use caution when visiting.

Starting in what appears to be impenetrable windfall, locate tread and begin an arduous approach, crossing Miners Creek and then beginning short switchbacks up a shoulder littered with fallen timber. Stay vigilant. Think like a fisher or a pine marten, finding ways to clamber over, under, and around the woody mess. It gets better.

Leaving the shoulder, the trail turns southward, rounding a drainage and entering more open woods. Blowdowns diminish. Through small meadows, silver forest, and a countryside that looks remarkably like the Kettle River Range of northeast Washington's Columbia Highlands, gently crest the ridge.

Now on excellent tread through patches of green, saunter along the ridge, coming to a wide-open meadow just below a 5750-foot high point at 2 miles. Flowers! Views too! East to Tyee Ridge and the Waterville Plateau. South to Sugarloaf, Mission, Stuart, and Cashmere. West to the Chiwaukums and to Lake Wenatchee nestled beneath Nason Ridge. North to the snowy and craggy giants of Clark, Buck, and Glacier Peak.

 

Miners Ridge (Entiat)

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.8002, -120.5724 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

Miners Ridge (#1411)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Entiat Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Central Cascades (Romano -- Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Plain No. 146 map

Getting There

From Leavenworth, drive north for 2 miles on the Chumstick Highway (also known at Highway 209). Turn right onto County Road 112 (Eagle Creek Road) and continue for 6 miles. Then, make a left onto Forest Road 7520. After nearly 6 miles, come to a four-way junction at a saddle near the French Creek Sno-Park. Make a left onto FR 52 and proceed for 8 miles, arriving at the unsigned trailhead. Parking is available on the west side of the road.

Note that these roads are heavily utilized by motorcyclists during the summer months, so please drive carefully! A high-clearance vehicle is suggested to navigate the dirt bike hills.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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Miners Ridge (Entiat)

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