Somewhere to Ride

Manson, Washington
Somewhere to Ride
Length : 1.5 miles
Elevation Gain : 380 ft.
Somewhere to Ride is a single track available in both directions and is part of the Echo Ridge trail system. It is accessed from either the Shoe Trailhead via the Shoe Spur (which connects part of the way through the trail) or directly from the Upper Echo Ridge Trailhead. It is a relatively flat trail that contours around the hill, with a steeper ending to reach Spaghetti Junction.

Directions

From Chelan, take WA-150/W Manson Rd for approximately 2 miles. A short ways after the traffic circle, turn right onto Boyd Road. Continue on Cooper Mountain Road and then Cooper Gulch Road and finally onto Echo Ridge Forest Service 8021-100 Rd/NF-8010. The Shoe Trailhead will be on your left a half mile up the road, while the Upper Echo Ridge Trailhead is less than a mile further.

Parking

A limited amount of parking spots are available at the Shoe Trailhead, while the Upper Echo Ridge Trailhead has a large parking area. That being said, Echo Ridge doesn't see a lot of people, and finding a parking spot is rarely, if ever an issue. As of the summer of 2022, a permit is required to park at any of the trailheads within Echo Ridge. Day passes are available for $5.00 at the trailhead, and accepted passes include the Northwest Forest Pass, Echo Ridge Trails Annual Pass and Interagency Annual Pass (Note : a different fee system is in place during the winter).

Guidebooks & Maps

 

July 16, 2022 Trip Report

 
Type : mountain biking
Length : 6 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain : 765 ft.
High Point : 3,594 ft.
This was my first time mountain biking in over 20 years. I have hiked around Echo Ridge a handful of times, and was excited to try my hand, or should I say feet, at mountain biking. I decided to start at Shoe Trailhead for the sole reason that it was a new trailhead for me, and I wanted to get in some uphill at the start of the ride.
I didn’t see any other cars or people in the area, and decided to take the Shoe Spur up to Somewhere to Ride. There were parts of the Shoe Spur trail that had a fairly decent sized rut in the middle, and I was mostly able to ride on the sides, and in the center when the rut was small. I say mostly, because as I was biking the last 20 feet to connect up with Somewhere to Ride, I got sucked into the rut, starting tipping over and couldn’t get out of my clipless pedal, landing squarely on the ground - definite rookie move!
Wildflowers along the Shoe Spur trail
Wildflowers along the Shoe Spur trail
Shoe Spur trail connecting with Somewhere to Ride
Shoe Spur trail connecting with Somewhere to Ride
It was a benign fall, and I quickly got back up and started down Somewhere to Ridge. However, I’ll admit I took my time practicing clipping in and out of my pedals as I progressed down the trail, and whenever I got to a tricky spot, I made sure to unclip one foot. I made it to the end of Somewhere to Ride, aptly named Spaghetti Junction.
Somewhere to Ride Trail
Somewhere to Ride Trail
View of Lake Chelan from Somewhere to Ride Trail
View of Lake Chelan from Somewhere to Ride Trail
Spaghetti Junction had a large number of trails coming in, and I was wavering on my original plan of riding No-Where to Hide. After consulting the map, I decided to stick to the plan and headed off on No-Where to Hide. It was an old forest service road and an easy ride, and I made good time going back to the upper lot, and passed the yurt, which is used as a warming hut in the winter, along the way. If I did this trail again, I would probably use it to ride out to other trails, as it’s quick, but not very exciting.
No-Where to Hide trail at Echo Ridge
No-Where to Hide trail at Echo Ridge
Yurt near the Echo Ridge Upper Paring Lot
Yurt near the Echo Ridge Upper Paring Lot
Upon reaching the Echo Ridge Upper Parking Lot, I started riding down the road to the Lower Parking Lot, where I wanted to jump on another trail. But as I was riding down, I noticed a trail off to the side headed in the same direction. So I pedaled back up the road, consulted the map at the trailhead and saw I could take the Lot to Lot trail to hook into Somewhere to Ride (a different section than I started on) and then ultimately into Bob’s Trail. The Lot to Lot trail is very short, but has some fun curves in it.
Nice banked turn on the Lot to Lot trail
Nice banked turn on the Lot to Lot trail
Lower section of Somewhere to Ride
Lower section of Somewhere to Ride
The lower section of Somewhere to Ridge was fun, as it was all downhill and some nice single track (or at least nice to me as a complete beginner). As I was cruising down, I whipped past a trail junction and stopped right before reaching a dirt road, which was Purtteman Gulch Road. I turned around and saw the sign for Bob’s trail, and started on my way.
Intersection of Somewhere to Ride and Bob's Trail
Intersection of Somewhere to Ride and Bob's Trail
Bob’s trail was a nice single track which trended slowly uphill. On previous sections of this ride, I questioned whether I was going in the right direction. I guess there is no wrong direction, but it seems like certain mountain biking trails lend themselves to one particular way. And Bob’s trail seemed to fit in this category. It was fine to bike up as I was doing, but there seemed to be a number of cool features, like bumps and dips that would be fun heading down, rather than up.
Fun feature on Bob's Trail
Fun feature on Bob's Trail
After crossing over the ridge and going downhill for a short amount of time, I reached a junction with the Divine Intervention trail. There was only one problem, the junction was at a spot where both parts of Divine Intervention headed in the general direction of where I needed to go. And of course the trail map I had saved on my phone didn’t even show Divine Intervention (it didn’t have Bob’s trail on it either), and I had no cell service. I tried to recall what I had seen on the map back at the upper parking lot, but didn’t remember. I decided to take the lower track, and hoped it would connect into the Shoe Trail.
Divine Intervention Trail at Echo Ridge
Divine Intervention Trail at Echo Ridge
Divine Intervention was a really fun flowy trail as it trended downward while crosscutting the slope. I reached another junction and saw a sign for Minor Threat, which I remembered from the map, and the Shoe Trail. This had taken me exactly where I wanted to go, and it was a short ride back to the Shoe Trailhead.
Intersection of Divine Intervention and Minor Threat
Intersection of Divine Intervention and Minor Threat
Final stretch of the Shoe Trail
Final stretch of the Shoe Trail
It was a fun first ride at Echo Ridge, and my first mountain biking in 20 years. I definitely want to ride Bob’s trail again, just in the opposite direction. Looking forward to exploring more trails at Echo Ridge, it’s a great beginner area and there are next to no people around! Make sure to grab the latest Echo Ridge Trail Map, as there are some older ones floating around the interwebs...