Tarbell Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Tarbell Trail was named for George Lee Tarbell, who, in the early 1900s, lived alone in a shack accessible only by a path that roughly follows the present day trail. Tarbell surely enjoyed some beautiful views along his trail, of Sturgeon Rock (3,100 feet elevation), Pyramid Rock (3,503 feet), Larch Mountain (3,496 feet), and Silver Star Mountain (4.390 feet). Views stretch from the surrounding valleys to the high Cascades.
The Tarbell Trail, like the Three Corner Rock Trail to the east, is among the best Department of Natural Resources (DNR) riding in the state. The trail is mostly hardpack with some rocky and uneven sections. It climbs and descends through second-growth forest with some scattered old growth Douglas fir. it also sports the above-mentioned views, as well as scenic Hidden Falls, to entertain the eyes while exercising the legs and lungs. Some of the best state forest riding in Washington; adjoining trails lead into the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Scenery: Second-growth forest; brief high Cascades views; Pyramid Rock; and Silver Star Mountain."