Tarbell Trail - TRAIL

Tarbell Trail - Trail, Battle Ground, Washington

Gorgeous singletrack that works through lush forests, densely grown brush, and mountain ridges. Moderate climbs and descents, with a fair amount of technical riding. A total of about 3000 ft climbing--and because it is a loop the same descent. Along the way there are nice views of the surrounding mountains and a stop at the 92 ft Hidden Falls. Beginners might get tired by the distance and have trouble with some of the switchback climbing. Intermediate and better riders will definately enjoy this ride.

User Reviews (16)

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tralfaz   Cross Country Rider [Dec 05, 2009]

My wife and I rode this trail on 12/5/2009. It has been rather dry and cold the past week and we thought we would finally give this trail a go. So we initially started at Rock creek CG and after two miles of that trail we turned around, do not ever go on this portion of the trail, it is in horrible shape due to horse traffic. We are avid riders and spent more time pushing our bikes. We got back to our truck and decided we had enough daylight to give the Tarbell Trail head a try and we are so glad we did. Wow, what a difference, start here and go to hidden falls or continue on to Grouse Vista. Warning that after Hidden Falls it will be mostly downhill to Grouse Vista which means you will have to come back all the way uphill. Tarbell Trail head to Hidden falls makes for nice ride. Trail is in great shape and is pretty much all single track. I think beginner riders or people with low cardio output might find it a bit difficult to enjoy themselves.

Customer Service

Tarbell Trail Head to Hidden falls or Grouse Vista, out and back.

Similar Products Used: Siouxon, Post, Lewis river, Syncline.
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4
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3
jesmith09   Racer [Sep 16, 2008]

The trail has been repiared since logging.....sort of. the logged section has a trail running through it. It does not exactly follow the original route, and is much steeper with very loose soil. What was once a descent climb is now difficult because of steepness and poor traction. It is fun on the way down though. It was 90 degrees when I rode it, and once I dehydrated, the trail was a challenge. There are several short climbs that force you to push a little. I ride it as an out and back from Tarbell the picnic area to Grouse Vista. My computer read 21.6 mi. The rest of the loop isn't as cool as this section as far as i am concerned. I hate gravel road, and prefer to stay on trails. The out an back I'm describing has the steepest clams, and therefore, the best descents. this, by the way, is not a good trail to call intermediate or to get newbies a taste of mtn biking. I saw several inexperienced riders along the way who looked nearly dead and were walking the ascents.

Customer Service

Tarble picninc area to Grouse Vsita parking lot. Out and back.

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4
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4
kghag   Cross Country Rider [Aug 12, 2007]

this was a super fun descent, but not since the logging. Not sure if they trail will be restored or re-routed when logging complete.

Customer Service

out and back from the horse camp until the trail ends at the logging site

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3
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3
downhellrdr   Weekend Warrior [Nov 02, 2005]

What a great trail. Filled with alot of technical sections, great views and fast downhills. The only price is a long 5.5 mile ride all uphill on a gravel road, but the payoff is worth it. One challenge at the end is a river crossing that was a little fast and deep in late October. Great fun!

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4
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4
OffRoadRoadie   Cross Country Rider [Oct 23, 2005]

Rode as a loop from Rock Creek CG, climbed up gravel road 1200 to Grouse Vista (@ 6 miles) then rode Tarbell all the back to Rock Creek CG, @ 21 miles total, 3 hours with a couple of short breaks. Ride this trail after June and before the big rains hit. Fall rains have already hit the Cascades, so this trail was hit hard with rain (10/23/05). The upper section (Grouse Vista to Tarbell CG) was sweet, fir nettle covered single track with prefect traction and just a few muddy patches. I saw logging signs (posted signs of upcoming logging) below Hidden Falls; ride this trail now before the clear cuts expose the trail to erosion. Skip the section of trail between Tarbell CG and Rock Creek CG during early spring and late fall, the horse traffic tears it up and the spring/fall rains turn it into a muddy mess. Options: Start at the Tarbell CG and ride up the trail to Grouse Vista and back (@16-18 miles of single track), or climb up the Silver Star via one of the old 4X4 trails and loop back on Tarbell.

Customer Service

Spring/late fall; Start at Tarbell CG and ride Tarbell as an out-n-back. Summer or early fall; Start at Rock Creek CG and climb to Grouse Vista on FS gravel road, Tarbell TH is at Grouse Vista (South Side). Follow trail back to Rock Creek.

Similar Products Used: Three Corner Rock Bells Mtn Trail (Summer and early Fall) Lots of old 4x4 double track and motorcycle trails near Rock Creek and Cold Creek CG that can fun exporing. Maps at DNR web site.
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4
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4
econaut   Weekend Warrior [Jun 26, 2005]

First 3/4 of this trial was fun, a good workout with the initial climb and some fun smooth downhill. However, last 1/4 back to Rock Creek Campground really sucked with extremely muddy sections that were completely torn-up by horses. Maybe I just caught this trail at the wrong time??

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3
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3
coylifut   Racer [Jun 27, 2004]

This is a "fun" ride and is not particularly difficult either technically or aerobically. The 6 or so mile ride up the gravel road to the trail head can be ridden at any pace you wish and serves as a good warm up. Mountian bikes have 3 chain rings, anyone can spin up to the top. There is one semi challenging climb with a few switch backs. The down hill to the falls is mostly smooth, fast and fun. There is also a good rolling section after the falls where you can put the power down. The only draw-back is the horse traffic coming up the trial. However, the riders are very cooperative

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4
VALUE
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3
Tortoise   Cross Country Rider [May 09, 2004]

A trail for beginners? I don't know about that...Maybe it isn't too technical but the ride starts out with a 2,300 foot climb, and the trail is 22 miles or more in length depending on where you start. I guess if you are a beginner in good aerobic shape then you could handle this trail. Great views at the top of the climb, and the waterfall was fantastic. Beware of the rednecks that like to practice shooting near the trail.

Customer Service

Park at the campground and bike up the gravel road to the top. Then take the trailhead to the left and ride it all the way back to make a loop.

Similar Products Used: Siouxon Creek
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4
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5
Ultegra   Cross Country Rider [Sep 21, 2003]

This is a great trail. Especially for somebody like myself coming from the east side of the state who is use to talc and silt this time of year. It's a very easy ride and except for some wet rocks and roots it's not very technical or steep.

Customer Service

I think the directions posted for this rout must be dated because I neve found the Rock Creek turn off. The way I had to go was to turn right on Main off of 503 into Battleground, then turn left on 142 headed north- this snakes around a little and turns into 172d. After a few miles 172d intersects with Lucia Falls Rd and you want to trun right. Once you get past Moulton falls park take a right on N.E. Sunset Falls Rd. After a couple miles you'll come to the turn off to Dole Valley Rd on the right and then the posted directions are fine after that except it's only about 2 miles of gravel road to the campground. This is also in Yacolt- about 30 miles form vancouver.

Similar Products Used: Larch Mountain
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4
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2
Will   [Sep 19, 2001]

Oh boy, need more like this! Very fun and fairly technical, bring water and some steam.

Customer Service

Ride up, Ride down

Similar Products Used: 3 Corner Rock, Ape Canyon(St Helens)
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4
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