Virginian Ridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,140' 652 m
Descent: -635' -193 m
High: 3,720' 1,134 m
Low: 2,038' 621 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
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“Traverse through forest and meadows to some great views and fast descents.”— Jim Kelley
Family Friendly The first 1.5-2 miles are wooded, nearly flat, and smooth. Great for the little ones! Older and stronger kids can ride the trail as their abilities dictate to reach lower meadows with overlooks.
The first couple miles wind through flat, forested terrain followed by a 3 mile climb (8% average) to a ridge summit and commanding overlook of the Winthrop and the Methow Valley. Largely consisting of cattle trails, the trail surface is mostly dirt, with a few rocky and ledge sections.
The next section (1.5 miles) continues to traverse the ridge at more moderate grades and is largely forested. It takes you to a scenic overlook that affords dramatic views of the Cascades and Mazama to the west, Rendezvous Basin and surrounding mountains to the north, and Winthrop/Sun Mountain Resort to the east.
From the overlook, cross a nice ledgy outcrop and small rocky section before re-entering dense forest. In 0.5 miles, you'll join your outbound route; turn left and enjoy the descent to your starting point.
Land Manager: WA Department of Natural Resources