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Level: Intermediate
Length: 14 mi (22.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +2,120/ -2,040 ft
Total: 66 riders

Mountain Biking Lewis River

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#6 of 1,207 mountain bike trails in Washington
#482 in the world

The trail starts on the far side of the bridge from the parking lot and goes up the river. The section going down the river from here is a barrier free trail. The trail is described from lower trailhead going east. The trail parallels the river, first winding along the river bank like a gentle roller coaster. This part of the trail is in great shape and fun as well. In just past 3 miles you arrive at Bolt Camp. There is a cabin here maintained by a forest service worker in his spare time. Just past Bolt Cabin there is a small landslide and a larger one a little distance up. Hike a bike can be done over the slides if careful. In a couple more miles the trail climbs up to the bluff and winds along above the river. The upper section of the trail goes past the Lower Falls Campground. This trail gains more elevation than it looks like on the map but it's worth it. Considered by most as one of the best low elevation trails in the state. This trail has become famous not only from word of mouth but has been featured in several magazines and calendars. Motorized use is not allowed on this trail. It is part of the C to C Route. The trail goes along high cliffs, especially in the falls area. The beauty of the area is awesome and so are the drop offs. Use extreme caution, along all areas next to the river. There are some areas worth walking where the trail is narrow. See web site at ebiketrails.com

First added by alvin.santoy on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
ACCESS: From I-5 at Woodland Washinton travel east on SR-503 through Cougar which becomes FR #90. Just past the Pine Creek Info Center turn right (don't continue on FR#25 towards Randle/Windy Ridge) keeping on FR #90. In 5.3 miles from FR #25,(and about 25 miles from Cougar) turn left on FR #9039. In about 1 mile cross the Lewis River and find the trailhead on the right just past the bridge. Access the upper trailhead up the river about 4 miles after crossing the upper bridge. The trail can also be accessed from the Lower Falls CG. The campground is about 13 miles east of the lower trailhead. See web site at ebiketrails.com
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  • Rachel.Boehm

    Solidly Intermediate trail with some pumpy climbs and a few technically challenging steep sections that allowed my dog to catch up/rest up until the next downhill. Definitely a fun trail to keep coming back to! Our conditions were perfect - if a little wet after a light rain. Certain sections were vulnerable to wash out when we rode but seemed well maintained. Great ride!

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  • bernieships

    I rode this trail a few days ago. I started at the trailhead mentioned above and rode for several miles along it but didn't go the distance because it was getting dark. I didn't encounter any other people on the trail. The trail was really smooth with few very technical sections. There were some sharp climbs but they were manageable. I enjoyed the views of the Lewis River along the way. The only reason I didn't give this five stars is because there weren't truly spectacular views, but I'd have to climb more hilly terrain for those! I'll definitely be visiting this trail again when I have more time to explore it.

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  • Hap Proctor   ✓ supporter

    Scenic but tough trail. Several creek crossings, climbs and descents that require multiple athletic moves to negotiate. Then there are a couple of long climbs that require stout legs and lungs. Otherwise it is a nice trip through the forest along a beautiful River with fantastic waterfalls on the upper end.

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  • dustyspokes65

    A fun, lengthy trail; however, there were parts of this trail that were extremely difficult. When you get back about 5 miles or so, there were steep, rocky ascents and a couple of trees across the trail. Just saying that if you read the trail descriptions, they make it sound like 20 miles of smooth singletrack--not the case. Yes, most of the trail is fun, flowing and scenic, but there are those few sections that will kick the butt of any 50 year-old fat-tire rider. Bring plenty of water and a few energy bars! Tight spokes!

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  • Josh L

    Beautiful scenery the whole way!! I rode from the lower parking area all the way out and back. Really nice trail for the XC riders, if you're looking for obstacles and jumps you won't find them here. The Forest Service does a great job maintaining the trail and there are nice bridges accross all of the water crossings. enjoy!!

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  • Charlie29

    This was a really cool ride along the river. I too saw the elk! The water falls and the streams flowing over the trail are awesome. As far as I could tell not Alot of people ride here so you kind of have the whole place to your self which is nice.

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  • dcharliebrown

    Rode from Lower Falls Campground as an out and back. Great scenery along the river with a lot of short steep climbs on the way out that are much easier on the way back. I found the ride a bit slow for how non-technical the trail is but still fun. Had two challenging stream crossings (walking across fallen trees) and encountered a few downed trees. All in all a great ride. Didn't see another person.* Review edited 6/4/2011

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  • bestguy83

    This could be my favorite trail in Washington, right up there with Galbrath mountain in Bellingham. There isn't as many stunt setups with wood plank skinnies or jumps, but there are some natural technical obstacles and difficult, rooty downhill sections to manipulate. There are also some very narrow singletrack sections at a cliff side which adds some nice adrenaline rushes.

    Mostly though what makes this trail so great and unique is its gorgeous scenery right next to Lewis River. The whole ride you elevate over the lake and you get a gorgeous view at many turns. HIghly recommended!

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  • AK_Dan

    Great scenery. Sweet Singletrack. Epic Ride. This trail should have all these labels, I was able to ride the first 6 miles in and then had to back out due to the late hour today, a fantastic ride I cant wait to do the whole thing. I found all the other reviews had said to be true and the areas over the landslides had been worked and were ride-able, I did run across about 4 downed trees in the 6 miles but that isn’t rare in Washington.
    Keep your eyes open when riding this area, I spotted two bald eagles and spooked up a herd of about 20 Elk on my way back out.

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  • RichardDavies

    This is an awesome trail---definitely one of the best in the area! Very nice singletrack. The first portion is relatively flat with little ups and downs; super fun for just cruising.

    Then the trail gets more technical with steeper ascents/descents and several creek crossings. There is a little portion of the trail where you must do some hike-a-bike to get around a portion of the trail wiped out by a landslide.

    But it's all worth it when you reach the incredible view at Lower Falls. If you want, you can continue up the trail another couple of miles to Middle and Upper Falls.

    Overall, this trail offers an addicting mix of smooth singletrack, technical sections, and gorgeous natural beauty to keep one happy the whole ride.

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