Falls Creek Shuttle

Carson, Washington

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Waterfalls, sponge cake –like trail, and lava caves provide this route with all the ingredients for a great mountain bike ride. It’s a 16-mile moderate shuttle ride that can be made into a loop by riding back to the sno-park at Oldman Pass (elev. 2,788 feet) from the bottom of Falls Creek on a paved forest road. Riding this route in reverse from the river to the pass is quite difficult and not much fun either. Who would have thought that the demise of a railroad company would lead to the creation of one of the most unique mountain bike routes in Washington State? When the defunct Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, known as “the Milwaukee Road,” stopped running, it left a cross-state railroad grade that became the John Wayne Pioneer Trail.
Mountain Biking Washington

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Mountain Biking Washington

by Amy & Mark Poffenbarger (Falcon Guides)

Waterfalls, sponge cake –like trail, and lava caves provide this route with all the ingredients for a great mountain bike ride. It’s a 16-mile moderate shuttle ride that can be made into a loop by riding back to the sno-park at Oldman Pass (elev. 2,788 feet) from the bottom of Falls Creek on a paved forest road. Riding this route in reverse from the river to the pass is quite difficult and not much fun either.

Who would have thought that the demise of a railroad company would lead to the creation of one of the most unique mountain bike routes in Washington State? When the defunct Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, known as “the Milwaukee Road,” stopped running, it left a cross-state railroad grade that became the John Wayne Pioneer Trail.

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

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Carson
Distance: 15.8
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Best in summer and fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Wind River Ranger Station
Local Maps: USGS Termination Point
Driving Directions: Directions to Falls Creek Shuttle

Recent Trail Reviews

8/30/2009
0

One of the best rides around! Loved it, it has a little of everything, short climbs, fun rolling terrain, beautiful scenery and some steep downs!


6/28/2007
0

Great trail with epic descent along Falls Creek. Tread is a little rough at the top, mostly due to the fact that not many wheels roll along it...but it get's better and better as you descend. I rode it as a loop, parking at the top of Old Man Pass. 20 miles of trails with a few short stretches of dirt/gravel road, 10 miles of hateful paved road from end of trail back up Hwy 30 to car(2000)ft elevation gain). Perfectly set up for a shuttle...but shuttles are for REI shoppin', SUV drivin', tractor seat ridin' whusses. If this trail got more bike traffic, it could quickly become one of the best cross-country oriented singletracks in Wa!


6/5/2006
0

Great ride! Even though it's a shuttle, you still get a good work out. The terrain is fast and not too technical. There are parts that will test your nerve. The forests are lush and the views are spectacular. The trail is however, a bit difficult to follow. There are many trail crossings. We got lost for about an hour but, is part of the fun of trying a new trail. The final downhill is steep and made it all worth it! I highly suggest this ride! Just make sure you have the trail directions with you.



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