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    Tarbell Trail

    Rock Creek Campground, Washington
    Distance18.4mi
    Elevation Gain6,378ft
    Trailhead Elevation2,110ft
    Top3,061ft
    Elevation Min/Max1086/3061ft
    Elevation Start/End2110/2111ft

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    Hazel Dell, WA
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    4/24/2010
    This was my first mountain biking trip. I spent most of the time pushing my bike because it was so steep. The trail is up and down both directions (which is really annoying). I was pretty close to the 7 mile marker, when I encountered a recently downed tree that was blocking the trail. I turned back after that. The trail is rocky enough to make a beginner nervous about slipping. Lots of tree roots. A few muddy spots, but there is usually a slim path around the edge of them. I went on a Friday, and didn't see any other people on the trail (which is good, because I would have looked like a big wuss pushing my bike around).
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    Vancouver, WA
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    6/6/2009
    Easy to find, with a maintained trail. Close to Vancouver, WA. It was nice not having to travel to far in order to hike. All in all a pleasant hike that I may try again.
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    Orchards, WA
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    5/23/2009
    Read your trail guide book carefully. This is not an "intermediate trail". The first 6 miles are a fairly difficult up hill climb on gravel roads. By that time my legs were burning (that should have been a clue). We proceeded up the single track trail and found several new logging roads that weren't on the original trail review. Make sure you have a good forest service map of the roads. We made one wrong turn and ended up walking our bikes back out of a canyon. The trail also had several downed trees over it. I would say all and all the trail is a great loop, just make sure you are in good shape first. It isn't for the weak.
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    Portland, OR
    Adventurer | 280 pts
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    7/22/2007
    Unfortunatly part of this trail was closed due to logging. Since I didn't see any active logging while I was there I went ahead and went through anyway. I was disappointed to see them log right up to and over the trail. The sign said the trail would re-open once logging was complete. Once I got over that hump the trail was not difficult and the waterfall is spectacular!
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    Vancouver, WA
    Explorer | 31 pts
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    4/21/2001
    The trail was somewhat muddy still. There was snow at the higher elevations. Still enjoyable, in spite of the weather. Go out on this trail when it is sunny though to get the most out of it. There have been improvements by work crews. Near the top, the horses have caused huge mud pits that can be up to 10" deep and 12 feet wide - so be prepared to get dirty - there is no way around the mud. Near the end (if you get off the main trail and follow the gravel road), there is a stream crossing where the road is washed out (at about 18.5 miles - past the point of going back). I got across on an old wooden beam that traversed the stream. The water was going across the beam - so my feet were in the water. It is "do-able" for most people with caution, but I can't recommend it. The stream is actually a full 12'to 20' wide river right now and about 3 feet deep. You cannot ride across and the stream is swift. If you fall in while crossing the beam it is likely you could be swept downstream. The water should go down soon (enough to ride or walk across). I recommend checking out the wash out and the stream before you go up to the top of the trail head. That way you don't get the suprise that I did after 18 miles of riding. The wash out is only about 2 miles from the camp ground - so it is worth checking out. During mid-summer, you can follow the entire trail all the way down to the camp ground - but horses dominate and have made it real rough. There is a stream crossing down there too. Either way, you cross a stream if you do the loop. You could do the out and back however.

    Great mid summer trail! Watch for hikers and horses - keep trails open to us.
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    Trail Information

    Rock Creek Campground
    Nearby City
    Rock Creek Campground
    Parks
    Dog-friendly
    Accessibility
    Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Southwest Region, 800-527-3305
    Local Contacts
    Mountain Biking Southwest Washington - Fat Tire Publications; USGS Dole, Larch Mountain
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