Mt Muller Loop

Forks, Washington

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From the get-go, the 13.6-mile Mt. Muller loop is difficult and demanding, but the pleasure is worth the pain. The pleasure: Climbs and descents through beautiful woods and incredible wildflower-strewn meadows; views of Mt. Olympus, Lake Crescent, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver island, and, on a clear day, Mt. Baker and Glacier Peak. The pain: With only a couple of pedal strokes worth of warm-up, the initial three-mile climb alternates between difficult and punishing, with just a few short respites. Once on the ridge, there's more climbing and steep roller-coaster sections until a descent with around 30 switchbacks brings you back to the bottom. This is a must-ride for the strong-legged and technically advanced rider. The trail is hard-packed, with some steep, rooty, and rocky sections.
Mountain Bike! Washington

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Mountain Bike! Washington

by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

From the get-go, the 13.6-mile Mt. Muller loop is difficult and demanding, but the pleasure is worth the pain. The pleasure: Climbs and descents through beautiful woods and incredible wildflower-strewn meadows; views of Mt. Olympus, Lake Crescent, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver island, and, on a clear day, Mt. Baker and Glacier Peak. The pain: With only a couple of pedal strokes worth of warm-up, the initial three-mile climb alternates between difficult and punishing, with just a few short respites.

Once on the ridge, there's more climbing and steep roller-coaster sections until a descent with around 30 switchbacks brings you back to the bottom. This is a must-ride for the strong-legged and technically advanced rider. The trail is hard-packed, with some steep, rooty, and rocky sections.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Forks
Distance: 13.6
Elevation Gain: 3,150 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: late spring through early fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,000 feet
Top Elevation: 3,748 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Soleduck Ranger District, 360-374-6522
Local Maps: Maps are available at the trailhead. The Mt. Muller handout from the Soleduck Ranger District. The Custom Correct Lake Crescent - Happy Lake Ridge map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Mt. Muller Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

8/17/2006
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Great single track mt bike loop. It took us 4 1/2 hrs including lunch stop. First 1 1/2 hrs were a tough consistant climb to top of ridge at the top of my athletic ability and bottom of my gearing (and I just rode Ramrod 3 weeks ago). Not terrible technical, just aerobically challenging. Great views and fun downhill! Trail was in excellent condition. Do it clockwise. - Nancy R.


8/18/2003
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I did this ride while on vacation from central California. I had bought a copy of "Mountain Bike! Washington" while in Seattle and was immediatley drawn to the description of the Mt Muller loop. This was one of the toughest yet most satisfying rides I have done. I did the loop clockwise as described in the book. The trail description was dead on. A lung burning climb that was all rideable except for a short (75' to 100') steep, loose section near the top. Roller coaster up and down along the ridge with breath taking views. Fantastic downhill with lots of switch backs, all on well maintained single track. I highly recommend this ride for any serious mountain biker that is in the northern Olympic Peninsula area.



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