Lewis River Trail - Trail, Couger, Washington

Lewis River Trail - Trail, Couger, Washington

DESCRIPTION

Roller coaster hills gradually climbing. very pretty views with beautiful waterfalls. between 19 and 21 miles depending on loop. 19 their and back, 21 trail road loop. I would have to say it is an intermediate coarse.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 15, 2011]
danielrichards
Cross Country Rider

Coming from Portland Metro area this is a significant drive. If you hit any traffic you are looking at close to a 3 hour commute to the trail head. That being said the trail itself is fun. Varied singletrack with lots of climbing. If I were to do it again I would have started up river at the end of the ride and rode it reverse. Riding up river seemed to present more climbing and not enough coming back down. I lost a blue samsung smartphone if any one finds it on the trail.

Customer Service

Start from the end of the trail. You will most of your climbing done early in the ride and should see more down hill than if you were to ride at the first trailhead.

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If you are coming from Portland I would just do Sandy Ridge. Less than have the driving and more fun on the trail.

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RATING
3
VALUE
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4
[Jun 28, 2010]
akastanis
Weekend Warrior

This is an awesome trail ride. You can reach the lower falls area again, although there is a rough section of road along the way. You can start from the official Lewis River trailhead, where you can see the Curly Creek falls, or start at the trailhead by the bridge, before it. The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (EMBA) web site has additional information. http://evergreenmtb.org/wiki/index.php?title=Trail:Lewis_River

Customer Service

I started from the Curly Creek trailhead. The trail follows along the Lewis River with some exposure in areas. The singletrack was buff and smooth. I only got about half way to the lower falls due to time constraints, but loved every minute of it.

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5
VALUE
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2
[Sep 02, 2009]
Peter Disbury
Cross Country Rider

From the information received from the postings on MTBR it is confusing as to where this trail starts or how difficult it is. However my brother and I located it on Forest Service road 9039 down at the river on the north side of the bridge located 1 mile from the main road in. Once parked and starting the ride it is deceiving as to how easy this trail is since soon as you ride it the trail looks fairly easy until you notice the sheer drop on the east side of the trail with slopes varying from 30ft to 60ft high. The trail is easy if you remove the fact you have to ride with fallen trees sticking out over the trail, rocks, roots, dips and twists. It is all relative as to how easy it is depending on the caliber of rider I guess. Adam Craig might say that the Ape Canyon Trail is an easy uphill climb but to the average rider out there it is a lung buster so where do we use the ideal (guage) here?
Once past the ups and downs of the trail it is very similar to McKenzie River Trail in Central Oregon where there are some seriously delicious flowing singletrack through moss covered dense forest that beckons one to ride with speed and just (flow) through this area. There are a couple of wooden bridges to ride through and some muddy sections too so be careful with your speed. Awesome photo opportunities with some wonderful locations with clear waters and deep pools.

Customer Service

Start down by the fire road 9039 and head north on the west side of the river for the loop is awesome.

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Ape Canyon Trail is a must do.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 26, 2008]
Trailpoacherdude
Cross Country Rider

May 24, 2008. Heard great things about this trail, and decided to try it out with RJ. Originally planned on campus but heard mixed reviews on the weather and the FS campgrounds in the immediate area didn't seem open. Rode from the west end (FR 9039 - Curly Creek parking lot) up toward Lower Falls. The first mile was really cool, but then the blow downs started. It wasn't bad to and a bit past the Bolt Creek Shelter, but from about half way to the intersection of FR 90 it was pretty laborious. Then in the last quarter of the trek, several huge sections of hill side sluffed off, and the hike around was tough. By the time we popped out on FR 90, we were pretty toast, and decided not to do the last mile to the Lower Falls campground and headed back on FR 90.

We went through patches of snow, and there was still a lot on the ground near Lower Falls. FR 90, just west of where it crosses the Lewis River is closed due to really bad road failure. I doubt the camp will be open for at least another month. The FS center on FR 25 is closed.

The trail is passable,and if a crew went through with a chain saw and only cut through the 12-18" logs it would still be a great ride, albeit with some cold creek crossings and that hike around area where it sluffed off.

I would call the FS to see if they did some clearing before heading out. If they did, it would be worth it at least to the intersection of FR 90.

Customer Service

Curly Creek trail head to Lower Falls. Back if worth it, otherwise head back on FR 90.

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Lower Falls seems like a great central spot for a lot of trail rides.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 04, 2007]
massimang
Cross Country Rider

I rode this trail today, rather I attempted to ride this trail. It is virtually impenetrable due to dozens of huge fallen old-growth trees blocking the trail, and several inches of snow and ice on the trail. I made it a couple of miles before giving up and turning around. Hopefully the forest service trail crews will get it back in shape this spring, because it's a really sweet trail.

Customer Service

Out and back. Why spend half a ride off the trail and on forest road?

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Siouxon Creek Trail

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 07, 2005]
downhellrdr
Weekend Warrior

I rode this trail this weekend (11/6/05) and as I headed into the trail I noticed hunter all over the place and one of them threatened to shoot me because I was stupid enough to ride the trail. I would suggest to all riders that when riding this time of year check the hunting seasons, areas people hunt and wear a bright orange vest as to avoid the dip-sticks that are out shooting things on a well traveled and popular hiking trail. Other than that the trail was a great up and down trail with alot of challenging areas made more challenging with the rain and the mud.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 21, 2005]
arcellus
Weekend Warrior

Miles of rolling singletrack through old-growth forest along the beautiful Lewis River. If you start at the southern trailhead, a long trip out is rewarded by five gorgeous waterfalls within the last 3 miles. It doesn't get much better than this. None of the climbs are too tough (which sits well with me, a single-speeder) and the trail is usually rolling, which keeps you moving along quickly. The trailbed is well-maintained with a mix of quick sections and technical spots that keeps everything interesting.

Customer Service

I've never ridden this as a loop as recommended by other reviewers - just out and back. This trail is fast and fun, and feels different in both directions. Be sure to bring a camera and stop off at all the waterfalls - they get progressively better from south to north.

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Plains of Abraham, Brown's Camp, Gales Creek

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 29, 2004]
muddydc
Cross Country Rider

This is a great trail. It starts out pretty flat and then starts climbing gradually to a couple view point cliff edges with nice views of the river below. From that point the trail gradually descends to FS 90 road trailhead. Great forest/ river ride.

Customer Service

Started at southwest trailhead and road to trailhead that comes out on FS road 90. Road out and back.

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Plains of Abraham/ Smith Creek. Souixon Creek.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 23, 2003]
Brother Jethro
Cross Country Rider

Wow! The trail is great -- never climbs too steep for too long, has some fun descents, fun bridges, etc. The scenery really makes this a great ride. All the waterfalls are really worth stopping to take a look. Also, have you ever seen the old wooden bridge that's just past the lower falls campground? It's pretty cool.

Customer Service

Do it out-and-back from the bottom (Curly Creek parking lot). Go up past the road, past lower falls campground to middle falls. Then turn around -- that's about 27-30 miles.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 25, 2003]
willcortez
Cross Country Rider

I'm not a fan of O&B riding, loops are more my thing but this was definitely worth the drive from the Portland/Metro area. I know it is possible to ride FS 90 and make this a loop, but it's like 8+ miles of boring paved road. This ride is definitely not for beginners, maybe the first 2 miles is but the short, steep (sometime technical) climbs will kill you if your not in shape for it as will the some of the steep descents on loose/wet terrain. The creek crossings, some tight corners and some of the really sketchy obstacles will scare the bejesus out of beginners and some intermediate riders as the trail gets super-narrow and really close to the edge. If you haven't got your balance down, I wouldn't reccomend coming out this way. Overall, great trail for int/adv riders. Long rolling sections mixed up with obstacles and some good climbs. The climbs and obstacles are good for challenging yourself or each other (if you're in a group). Watch out for hikers & dogs. I saw about 15 people on the trail with a couple dogs on a Thursday in the middle of the day.

Customer Service

O&B from the trailhead (cross the road at the end and go see Lower Falls). -or- From the trailhead, ride FS 90 for 8.5 miles and then come back on the singletrack. It's a lot easier this way as it seems there is less climbing.

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Sorry, 1st time to the area.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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