Falls Creek / Old Man Pass - TRAIL

Falls Creek / Old Man Pass - Trail, Carson, Washington

About the Ride: 2 ways to do this ride: Beginners: Park at Old Man Pass & Ride the north side of the Forest Service Road - appx. 8 - 15 miles of winding mazes of trails/gravel road. Intermediate: Do the loop as described below = about 20 miles. Lots of different ways to do this ride. Get a map! Or, Go with someone with experience on this trail. We chose to park a vehicle 6 miles south of Old Man Pass at a trailhead entrance, then drive to the top at Old Man Pass. We then rode on Trail 150 toward McClellan Meadows. There is about 1000' of climbing in the first 6 or 7 miles - then it's mostly downhill back to the lower trailhead for about 13 miles. There is lush forest that borders on arid pine with some firs. You are almost on the fringe of Eastern Washington. During Mid-June of 2002, there were still sections (about a mile and a half) of areas we couldn't ride due to 1' snow on the trail. You will encounter many intersections and end up on Falls Creek Trail. (PLEASE use a map-or experienced rider! Last warning). The last 3 miles of trail is somewhat steep with drops on one side - so be careful. Lot's of hikers in the last 3-5 miles too - so keep an eye out and control the speed. You'll see what the terrain is like in the pictures below. You can do the loop and go up the paved road to Old Man Pass - but you are going to climb from 1500' to 3100' in 6 miles. Lots of views, lots of fast downhill twisty stuff, creek crossings, ponds, some mud, etc.. Bring lots of water and snacks. Can take about 3-4 hours to ride.

User Reviews (4)

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jarredjackman   Cross Country Rider [Aug 17, 2009]

This might be the most fun downhill in the SW Washington/PDX area. Out and Back is serious, 35 mile ride with LOTS of climbing. Shuttle has about 1000' of climbing and still a little workout, but much easier. The trail is pretty easy technically, a few rocky bits. If you have a map you don't need a guide, it's hard to get lost if you have an Adventure Map for this area. If you know the terrain and trail you can rip this in 1.5 hours, maybe faster if you're super ballsy.

Similar Products Used: Lewis, Siouxon, Ape Canyon to Smith Creek
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Jerry   Weekend Warrior [Nov 06, 2003]

We rode this November 2, 2003. The ground was frozen with 1/4 of snow on the ground. Traction was very good. Fun single track, some climbs, mostly downhill. Some cross hill (35-40 deg hill). Watch out for the sneaker corners. Fun trail.

Customer Service

We started at Old Man Pass at 3019'. There is some climbing up to 3523' then lots of downhill to 1152'. All this in 21.58 miles and 2 hours. The GPS said my peak speed was 29 mph. I have a GPS made map of the trail, which I will email to who ever asks.

Similar Products Used: Post Canyon, Hood River, OR.
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Brother Jethro   Cross Country Rider [Oct 24, 2003]

This is a great trail -- a lot of fun and a great workout. We used to do it as a shuttle, starting at old man pass and riding mostly down hill. That's a fun ride, but now we usually do it as an out-and-back from the bottom up which gives me more of a sense of accomplishment. There are some exposed steep areas where beginners will want to be careful, a few rocky areas, and some insanely fast downhill at the end, but for the most part this is a pretty easy trail from a technical point of view. The only real challenge is the amount and grade of the climbs. The first 2 miles or so (from the bottom) climb pretty steep without much rest, and reduce most riders to walking at least a few hundred feet. Once you make it to the flat part (camp site by the river) then you know the worst is over. (Don't get me wrong -- it still climbs forever after that, but never as hard). I definitely recommend going with a guide the first time, as this isn't really one trail--it crosses the roads many times and even uses old portions of road as part of the trail here and there. Mostly the correct path is marked with sticks laid on the ground, and in some cases there are even signs, but it would be easy to get lost if you haven't been there before. The last few miles of downhill on your way back to the parking lot are sheer heaven if you like speed. Just watch out for those sneaky corners (some could be your last) and also hikers (or even bikers headed up). Disc brakes HIGHLY recommended, especially if wet. You will be using your brakes a lot on the way down.

Customer Service

Start at the bottom, do it out-and-back. Or for an easier ride, do a shuttle starting at oldman pass (there's a nice bathroom up there).

Similar Products Used: Lewis River Siouxon
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Dave   Weekend Warrior [Sep 08, 2003]

I only rode Old man pass and had allot of fun. These are cross country ski trails during the winter and have good signs and markings. Not a whole lot of climbing involved. Some deadfall down over sections of trails so you'll need to hull you bike a bit. Awesome wilderness riding.

Customer Service

The Scenic trail on the northside of Oldman pass is great. Also good trail on southside which goes to McClellen Meadows. I'd recommend getting a map at REI or somewhere for this area.

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