Siouxon Creek Out-and-Back

Chelatchie, Washington

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If you like smooth singletrack, lush forests, and little elevation gain, this ride will easily become one of your favorites. In fact, the ride begins downhill, so the only gain is during the return climb, retracing your tracks along Siouxon Creek. Ride as fast as you want or slow down to enjoy the view. This trail is enjoyed by all. Ideal for all mountain bikers, this ride is located in a locally maintained conservancy area.The main trail is an old railroad grade. Follow the well-kept gravel road over nine bridges along the Cowiche Creek east to the Scenic Trail. Optional trip is the Overlook Trail between bridges eight and nine. Climb up the canyon to the uplands area for a gorgeous view. Explore with care—the area is a designated shrub-steppe ecosystem, very fragile and home to many rare plants. Stay on existing trails and avoid heading in and out of the canyon when the trails are wet to prevent further problems with erosion.
Mountain Biking Washington

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Mountain Biking Washington

by Amy & Mark Poffenbarger (Falcon Guides)

If you like smooth singletrack, lush forests, and little elevation gain, this ride will easily become one of your favorites. In fact, the ride begins downhill, so the only gain is during the return climb, retracing your tracks along Siouxon Creek. Ride as fast as you want or slow down to enjoy the view. This trail is enjoyed by all.

Ideal for all mountain bikers, this ride is located in a locally maintained conservancy area.The main trail is an old railroad grade. Follow the well-kept gravel road over nine bridges along the Cowiche Creek east to the Scenic Trail. Optional trip is the Overlook Trail between bridges eight and nine. Climb up the canyon to the uplands area for a gorgeous view. Explore with care—the area is a designated shrub-steppe
ecosystem, very fragile and home to many rare plants. Stay on existing trails and avoid heading in and out of the canyon when the trails are wet to prevent further problems with erosion.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Chelatchie
Length: 14
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Best in summer and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,700 feet
Top Elevation: 1,900 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Siouxon Peak, Bare Mountain, Green Trails: Lookout Mountain No.396
Topo Map: Siouxon Creek Out-and-Back Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Biking Washington Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

2/20/2006

Maybe I am just out of shape, but both myself and the guy I was riding with thought this was definately a more demanding trail thatn listed. The ride back is a long uphill, and a tough way to end a really nice ride.

8/23/2005

We went on Sunday, 8/21. By going I-5 to Woodland and picking up 503, we were able to cut at least 1/2 hour off the trip because of all the stoplights through Battleground. (I think it's more miles though). Plus it was much prettier along the Lewis River highway. It's a long downhill - very fun, but makes it a long haul out. Very beautiful ride and the falls were great. There were horses - so be careful to watch for others on the trail. There were 2 different ratings of this trail: Rapp's rating was 'Easy' and the other one was 'Moderate'. I would say that this is moderate - some technical aspects but also strenuous due to length and long uphill.

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