Gotchen Creek Loop

Trout Lake, Washington 98650

Gotchen Creek Loop

Gotchen Creek Loop Professional Review and Guide

"The Gotchen Creek Loop is another great intermediate ride with a memorable road climb. It is neither too long nor too technical. Hiking and biking trails fill the peaceful forest, and the singletrack down the mountain is sandy, steep, and as fast as you care to make it. Zipping around the creek toward the bottom, the trail completes its loop with some high whoop-de-doos and brings you back around to the start before you know it.

Larch Mountain is located within the Yacolt Burn State Forest, bordering the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. There are several mountain biking trails within this Department of Natural Resources–operated tract, some connecting with national forest trails. One such trail is an oasis within this fire-torn forest called the Rock Creek/Larch Mountain Trail. Sheltered from the burning rays of the sun, this trail offers a thick wooded climb along Cold Creek."

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Trail Information

Trout Lake
Nearby City
1,400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
4 hours
Best in summer and fall
3,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,900 feet
Top Elevation
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Adams East, Mount Adams West
Local Maps