Thompson Ridge Trail

Total Miles


1,448.64 ft


5 Hours

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Trail Overview

This is a short out and back trail that leads to a ridge top, with a short hike to the top. Smaller, two wheel drive quads may have a diffiuclt time on this route. Several off-camber, pitchy, rocky steps will challenge riders. Long wheel base 4-seat SxS's may also have difficulty negotiating tight turns in the trees. This is a burned out area from a large fire years ago. Underbrush is growing back, but many blackened trunks and branches remain. Views are hampered by the dead trees. Though the trail continues down the northwest side of the ridge, it ends after some steep and difficult passage forcing you to return. This area is not recommended for novice riders. The trail is non-motorized behound the end of the trail. Return back the same route, and follow the route around to complete the loop. Davis Lake Campground has vault toilet.

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Thompson Ridge Trail
Thompson Ridge Trail
Thompson Ridge Trail

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Status Reports

Connor Kitt
Jul 22, 2023

Access Description

Form Kettle Falls, proceed west on Hwy 395 across the Columbia River Bridge. Proceed to the right on Hwy 395 for7 miles to Matsen Creek Rd turnoff to the left. Proceed up Matsen Creek for 1.8 miles to the parking area acrosss from Mikalson Rd where to unload. From the parking lot, proceed enroute via routes of your choice as depicted. The trailhead is unmarked. From the Davis Lake turnoff, the trailhead is .6 miles to the northeast on FS Rd #260, and is easy to miss. It is about 200 down the road once you turn south around a sweeping curve after leaving Davis Lake. Recommend good map and aerial photo study to locate the trail.

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