Photo: Xanadu serves up a healthy dose of good scenery along with technical riding.
Attractions: The mtbr.com describes the ride like this: "Crazy, sick, fun, relatively easy fireroad duo track climb up to the ridgetop and then a knarly steep, narrow singletrack descent with no room for error. Two highly technical sections. The first is a hairpin turn followed by a nasty 6 to 8 foot boulder drop that's rideable followed a short time later by a huge slick rock that's super steep with just enough loose gravel and sand on it to keep you traveling at a good clip before bailing off another steep drop which is also rideable but tricky. If you can find it you will most likely really like it or hate it. "
Skill: 4 (expert)
Fitness: 2 (intermediate)
Distance: 6.3 miles
Trail Type: Forest roads for access and singletrack descent
Getting There. Follow Highway 2 to the Peshastin light (milepost 103.6), and take the bridge over the Wenatchee River and follow Main Street into the town of Peshastin. Drive about a quarter mile to a T-intersection just beyond the railroad underpass and turn right. Follow alongside the Wenatchee River for about 0.8 miles and then take a hard left into Derby Canyon. Go up the canyon 2.4 miles to a split in the road. Hang a right and drive about a quarter of a mile farther to a pullout on the right side of the road.If you aren't doing any shuttling, this is the place you want to park. No permits are needed. Elevation (1,425 feet).
The Route. From the pullout and parking, start pedaling your way up the road. In 2.1 mile (at 2,200 feet), Road 7402 splits off to the right and Road 7403 splits off to the left. If you are shuttling, this is close as you can drive to actual trail, and is a good place to park. Take Road 7403 (the left road) and follow it another 2 miles uphill to where the single-track trail starts on your left at an elevation 3,070 feet. Follow the ridge that the trail follows about 2.2 miles downhill to where you parked.
Information: Visit Mtbr.com for more and comments about the trail.
Maps: 1) Topo map of Xanadu area.
Date: Originally posted July 2006. Updated August 2012. Updated again August 2013.
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