Gotchen Creek Trail

Trout Lake, Washington

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Combining Gotchen Creek Trail with fire roads makes for a moderately difficult 9.6-mile loop. Well-maintained gravel and dirt roads account for 6.6 miles of the trip. Gotchen Creek Trail descends overall and is in fair shape. The path is bumpy and hoof-worn in places. The trip begins with a four-mile climb to the upper trailhead. This grade begins easily with a nice warm-up; the remaining three miles are moderately difficult. There are some views of Mt. Adams through the trees as you near the top of the climb. For a trail that drops over 1,000 feet in three miles, Gotchen Creek Trail contains a surprising number of short ascents, some steep. The ride from the lower trailhead back to your vehicle is an enjoyable descent along winding dirt roads. Classic forest road climb with singletrack descent. Scenery: Wooded forest; limited views of Mt. Adams through the trees.
Mountain Bike! Washington

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Mountain Bike! Washington

by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

Combining Gotchen Creek Trail with fire roads makes for a moderately difficult 9.6-mile loop. Well-maintained gravel and dirt roads account for 6.6 miles of the trip. Gotchen Creek Trail descends overall and is in fair shape. The path is bumpy and hoof-worn in places. The trip begins with a four-mile climb to the upper trailhead. This grade begins easily with a nice warm-up; the remaining three miles are moderately difficult.

There are some views of Mt. Adams through the trees as you near the top of the climb. For a trail that drops over 1,000 feet in three miles, Gotchen Creek Trail contains a surprising number of short ascents, some steep. The ride from the lower trailhead back to your vehicle is an enjoyable descent along winding dirt roads. Classic forest road climb with singletrack descent. Scenery: Wooded forest; limited views of Mt. Adams through the trees.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Trout Lake
Distance: 9.6
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: June 1 to November 1.
Trailhead Elevation: 3,160 feet
Top Elevation: 4,660 feet
Local Contacts: Mt. Adams Ranger District, 509-395-2501
Local Maps: Mt. Adams Ranger District, district map; USGS 7.5: King Mountain and Trout Lake.
Driving Directions: Directions to Gotchen Creek Trail

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