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Level: Beginner
Length: 40 mi (64.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +595/ -571 ft
Total: 55 riders

Mountain Biking North Fort Lewis

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#33 of 1,208 mountain bike trails in Washington
#1,951 in the world

There is a whole network of trails you can ride. Be aware for soldier training and, if occurring, it is recommended not to ride. Otherwise, a sweet single track goldmine. I have rarely found its equal.

First added by dehuti on Jul 25, 2008. Last updated Nov 2, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: no
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: no
  • Restrooms: no
  • Fat bike grooming: no
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: no
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Getting there
Go on the DuPont-Steilacoom highway past the firing ranges. There is a vehicle pull off on the northern side of the road. Use access roads for access to the trails
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  • Richard Infusino

    Lots a singletrack, but very twisty in many areas. Nothing too steep or challenging. The stinging nettle can get bad in the summer. Whomever has been doing the trail maintenance - thank you!

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  • apeercy

    Per JBLM MWR, Solo point is closed for recreational use as of July 2018

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  • Chris H

    It is a good trail. I'm glad I found it. It has a trespassing sign at the trail head.
    I was worried when I was riding that my car won't get towed away. Or have to deal with the MP from the base.
    Is it OK to park your car at the gate and go in side of the trail?

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  • Dalton Apodaca

    Are you looking for an adventure? I can't tell you how many side trails you can take. Good for hiking, mountain biking, trail running, rucking/backpacking, you name it you can do it. For biking (what I was doing) the trails can get technical but nothing to bad. Dependent on your ability will dictate your speed and the technicality will go up or down given how fast you go. Everything is started and ended with a motor vehicle path. Sooner or later you will see one, it's the easiest way to figure out the trails. You could spend a whole day here trying to figure this place out, I had a blast doing so. Would advice to not ride after sunset because you could very easliy get stuck and lost. You will enjoy your self coming here.

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  • Aceshigh

    What a surprise to find this hidden gem. Easy ride and many different options through this area.

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  • Topkick

    Fun trail system nothing to difficult. Some roots and a lot of twists and turns perfect for myself and my 11 year old who are new to MTB.

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  • MrStClair

    My last review of this area was one of someone that didn't venture off of the double track. A month ago I found the Singletracks, and they are vast and numerous! There may actually be 40 miles of trail at Solo Point. I nearly got lost while riding last week and didn't get out of there until it was nearly dark out.
    This system is my favorite in this area. It is very lightly used, and most of the times I have been all alone for the entire 2 1/2 hour I ride.

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  • MrStClair

    I've been here a couple of times. One very nice thing about this trail is there was no one else there. I had the trail all to myself, both times. It is on JBLM, so you have to watch for military activity. And there is a danger of stray ammunition from the firing range making its way up to the trail during shooting practice. Best to avoid the trail when the Army is doing their thing.
    This trail has no obstacles, it is really only good for exercise. It Starts in Steilacoom and end in at Solo Point on Fort Lewis. There is one steep climb at the Solo Point end. It is a difficult climb because it is all loose gravel. There is one main trail that goes from one end to the other, it is double track for military vehicles, and many single track and double track off shoots along the way.
    The description says that it's 40 miles of trails. I doubt that seriously. Maybe 15 - 20 miles.

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  • randyfox

    Just found these trails and I am stoked. With them being within riding distance from where I live currently, I couldn't ask for a better local spot. The trails are easy to identify, but not overly groomed. Singletrack seems to branch off in every direction, with a lot of tight switchbacks and small root gardens to keep things interesting. You can easily link the trails in different combinations as well. Haven't found that great down hill blast out here yet as this is largely a XC system, but I feel as though I am just scratching the surface of what is out there. Even with an AM bike, I really had a good time.

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  • Josh L

    With this now being my new local trail, I am super excited. I'm not sure if there is any organization to the trails, they just seem to be everywhere and don't ever seem to stop. The neat thing is that there are gravel roads that run through the area so if you get lost or confused on a single track you will eventually come across a gravel road to take yourself back to where ever you parked. I would be very interested in meeting up with any one that knows these trails and rides them or maintains them.

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  • Brotatoechip

    This is a great hidden gem that myself and a friend stumbled upon recently. Its a little tricky to find but here goes nothing... Head down Dupont Rd towards Steilacoom, pass all the ranges on your left, passed the North Fort gate on your right. The road will start to climb a hill and will twist around for a bit. You will see a couple of small gates and some Fort Lewis signs on the left that say something like Danger keep out, you are looking for the one that has a small parking area and the Fort Lewis sign is facing the opposite direction you are going on the left.If you start seeing houses, you have gone to far. Park there and hit the fire break. From there its up to you. There are tons of singletracks spider webbing throughout. Some are easier with rolling hills, minor obstacles and gentle curves. Others are a bit more technical with very narrow stone bridges, tough rooty uphills, sharp blind turns and a few ramps to jump. Right now the trails are very raw and unmarked. Its our goal to explore more and mark out a nice track with more jumps. We have been out there a few times and have only ran into an older gentleman walking his dog on the fire break. Hope to see more riders out there as this trail is pretty fun and this noob would love to share some pointers with others.

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  • Roewyn

    This is a great trail system; if you've got about an hour to kill, you've got a lot of fun options. If you're headed N after the entrance to the base (turn R at the light after you get off post), park off Dupont-Steilacoom Road - "parking" is on the L. Hit the second trailhead on the L for a really fast loop that dumps you back near the parking area (great start/finish to a ride). Trails to the R lead down to a more "technical" area; mostly a lot of switchbacks, fun steering options, and little tiny hills with some goodies to hop over. Trails are ALL over the place, decently groomed, and I've only run into other bikers once in the 3 years I've been riding these trails. Trails branch off from everywhere. Great scenery and a really fun, easy little ride.

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  • RyanBates

    I ride there two or three times a week. Very Nice PNW Single-Track all over the place! Loam soil or pine-needle trails with good drainage and very little mud in any weather. A nice mix of fast running and sharp turns. Nothing very technical; a few short climbs, the occasional little root-garden, some narrow gaps between trees, very few un-cleanable obstacles. A good trail system for a Beginner to improve their bike handling skills with a low risk of hurting themselves or their bike. An Intermediate or Advanced rider can just have some fun and get a little workout.
    It is lush, so the vegetation will close in on you in some places. Plan on Spider Webs across the face if you are the first rider of the day. The more use on the trails, the better to keep them open.
    The trail system is on an Active Army Post, but is outside of the ‘Restricted ID Card Required Area’. I don’t know if that means ‘Open to the Public’, but it is ‘open access’. Don’t block the gates. Don’t leave a mess. Leave your politics at home. No reason to ruin a good thing.
    If and when there are Soldier’s in their camouflage and weapons and razor wire across the roads doing their training, best to just not ride there that day. They have their jobs to get good at, and you don’t want to become a part of that action. Summers are the most busy, but the other seasons are pretty light for Army guys training out there. The Best time to ride is in the late summer and fall after all the trails have been the most packed and opened by a couple thousand Soldiers traveling over them.
    There is also an Active Small Arms Weapons Range to the south-west. The impact area is well marked with signs. They are not kidding, so best to read & heed. No good trails in there, anyway.
    If you ride in the early morning between 6am and 8am, you may see Soldiers doing trail-running or ruck-marching for their morning PT out there. I’ve even seen them running in their Gas Masks (That is Hard Core!!!). It is All Cool. Share the trail. Expect a little good natured banter as you pass, wishing they were riding a bike, too. Any Riders you see out there very likely are Soldiers, riding during their off-duty time.

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  • Samara_Laynor

    Trails everywhere! Nice easy single track that is not too technical and no hard climbing. Great for people who have a range of abilities. The dog loved it. You don't have to have a military ID if you park off the road at a turn out to a dirt road (gated off) just outside of Steilacomb.

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  • Rodeogirl73

    This is located on Main post of Military base, inorder to get on base, you need a sponsor, or military id. It is busy when soldiers are in training, but when not use, it's ok trail. I used to ride these trails back in the 90's when my husband was stationed on North Fort.

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