Gotchen Creek Loop

Trout Lake, Washington

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The Gotchen Creek Loop is another great intermediate ride with a memorable road climb. It is neither too long nor too technical. Hiking and biking trails fill the peaceful forest, and the singletrack down the mountain is sandy, steep, and as fast as you care to make it. Zipping around the creek toward the bottom, the trail completes its loop with some high whoop-de-doos and brings you back around to the start before you know it. Larch Mountain is located within the Yacolt Burn State Forest, bordering the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. There are several mountain biking trails within this Department of Natural Resources–operated tract, some connecting with national forest trails. One such trail is an oasis within this fire-torn forest called the Rock Creek/Larch Mountain Trail. Sheltered from the burning rays of the sun, this trail offers a thick wooded climb along Cold Creek.
Mountain Biking Washington

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Mountain Biking Washington

by Amy & Mark Poffenbarger (Falcon Guides)

The Gotchen Creek Loop is another great intermediate ride with a memorable road climb. It is neither too long nor too technical. Hiking and biking trails fill the peaceful forest, and the singletrack down the mountain is sandy, steep, and as fast as you care to make it. Zipping around the creek toward the bottom, the trail completes its loop with some high whoop-de-doos and brings you back around to the start before you know it.

Larch Mountain is located within the Yacolt Burn State Forest, bordering the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. There are several mountain biking trails within this Department of Natural Resources–operated tract, some connecting with national forest trails. One such trail is an oasis within this fire-torn forest called the Rock Creek/Larch Mountain Trail. Sheltered from the burning rays of the sun, this trail offers a thick wooded climb along Cold Creek.

©  Amy & Mark Poffenbarger/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Trout Lake
Distance: 15.7
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Best in summer and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,500 feet
Top Elevation: 4,900 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mount Adams East, Mount Adams West
Driving Directions: Directions to Gotchen Creek Loop

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