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Level: Intermediate
Length: 80 mi (128.7 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +359/ -360 ft
Total: 28 riders

Mountain Biking Sun Mountain Resort

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#78 of 1,208 mountain bike trails in Washington
#4,157 in the world

The resort area has built a multi-user trail system here utilizing a forest service and a few old ranchers roads as a base to branch out from, and done good job of it. With a mix of about 50 - 50 doubletrack & singletrack and about 70 miles of trails to choose from its easy to put together some decent riding if your willing to climb for it. A shuttle would be another option as Thompson Ridge Rd (FS rd) goes up and over the mountain and several trails intersect or start from it. There is some equestrian activity here also however they seem to stay more on the trails in the valley and around the Resort itself, several of the trails immediately around the resort area are for hikers only also, however these seem to be sandy and not much fun to ride in anyways.
There are many options for routes here however one suggested route would be to head up on Thompson rd / Meadowlark tr (DT) and come back down The Inside Passage, Rader Cr (fun ST) and then back around Patterson Lake (ST) to the Chickadee TH for close to a 10 mile loop.

First added by AK_Dan on Aug 15, 2009. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
About 1 mile East of Winthrop on highway 2 turn SW onto Twin Lakes rd, 3 miles later take a right on Patterson Lk rd and follow it 6 miles to the resort at the end. If you are only going there to ride and do not need to go up to the resort a better parking area is 1 mile earlier at the north end of Patterson lake and is marked Chickadee Trailhead Parking, most of the MTB trails can be easily accessed from here, there is also restrooms and bulletin board/trail map.
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  • mtbark

    Pretty nice trail system and close to town. It has a little mixture of everything from beginner trails to more expert trails. Lots of fire roads and some nice groomed singletrack. For more information please visit Mountain Bike Arkansas - www.mtbark.com

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  • roadfox

    We did a nice smooth loop over thompson pass. It's easy xc biking.

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  • berd14

    they have a lot of trail systems that are fun to fly on. not technical, but some fun XC riding. if you're into teeter-totters and north shore type stuff, this is not the place for you. has some great winding single/double track and not too much climbing. serious can fly on these trails.

    there are a lot of camping opportunities too. makes it a nice place for multiday riding trips.* Review edited 7/27/2010

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  • AK_Dan

    This resort reminds me of a small ski resort that never got its permits to install the chair lifts, although most of the trails are groomed for x-country skiing in the winter. There isn’t any technical riding here but the place is great for beginners and intermediate riders. The resort area with all its tennis, volleyball courts and swimming pools plus, yes, sun is a great place to maybe take a spouse that isn’t into riding that much, or kids that are just learning. There is plenty of info on their website-
    This place has the potential and terrain to have a lot more great singletrack riding built here, hopefully the management will work with some of the local riders in planning & installing more. It will be somewhere to watch for better riding in the future.

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