A longtime Washington outdoors writer offers up some of his all-time favorite places and adventures. See the related links below for a list of outings.
It’s difficult, nay, near impossible for me to pick a favorite in this category. (It’s like trying to pick my favorite Beatles’ song: “Hey Jude?” “Strawberry Fields Forever?” “From Me to You?” etc.) But you can’t go wrong with Devils Gulch, near Cashmere, Chelan County.
It’s a classic that’s been around forever. You’ve a big 4,000-foot climb that gets you up high near Mission Ridge, a renowned sweeping and swoopingly fast descent on smooth, buff trail and, all along the way, stunning alpine vistas of the Tronsen Ridge end of the world.
The bad news is that this trail was affected by last fall’s forest fires, and there are reports of some washouts and many downed trees blocking the trail until crews remove them this spring. Call the Forest Service at 509-548-2550 to check on conditions.
Near Cashmere, about 2¼ hours east of Seattle.
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Mike McQuaide is the author of six guidebooks including “75 Classic Rides: Washington” (The Mountaineers Books).