Three Corner Rock Trail

Washougal, Washington 98671

Three Corner Rock Trail

Three Corner Rock Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Do you like riding switchbacks? I mean, do you really, really like riding switchbacks? The Three Corner Rock Trail will test your switchbacking ability as it offers an unofficial 65 of 'em in 9.2 miles of scenic, challenging singletrack. Three Corner Rock, perched atop the mountain at the upper end of the trail, can be accessed all on trail, by the part gravel road / part singletrack climb, or all on gravel road, which routes the ride as a 25.9-mile figure eight. Generally, the trail surface is a nice, forest-floor hardpack; toward the bottom some areas are rocky. Even if you're not a switchback master, the woods along the trail and the view from the top make it a beautiful place to polish that skill.

If you choose to ride the trail as an out-and-back, you get some respites from the climb on two one-mile sections on the lower portion of the trail. Other than that, you'll have quite a few uphill switchbacks to navigate. Those with less-than-expert technical proficiency are best off doing the road climb / trail descent. The length of the climb, the switchbacks, and total distance of up to 25.9 miles make this an advanced level ride. Great workout for the legs and eyes. Scenery: Meadow and Cascades views at the top, deep woods, and canyons."

Three Corner Rock Trail Reviews

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This is a great trial if you like to work, lots of switchbacks and lots of uphill challenges, its well worth the leg burn, and views. I had a stronger rider pass me, but that was it - the traill doesn't get a lot of riders, and the river crossing and creeks give you places to cool the feet. a must do trail. Park at the lower Park and enjoy it. Dann Camas
Sweet trail and holds up to the switchback claim. Traced the breadcrumb trail on my Garmin Edge GPS bike computer and counted over 71 switchbacks! The 2.1 miles up to Three Corner Rock are not that hard to climb. The view is definitely worth it! It's hard to find the trailhead and we forgot to get the mileage from the 3 road junction. It's just past 2 cleared areas and near a spring that goes under the road - approx. 3-5 miles past the junction. Now read this carefully...contrary to what the directions tell you..are you ready....SHUTTLE THIS RIDE...S-H-U-T-T-L-E THIS RIDE. This is not There is no reason to ride the first 10 miles of fireroad. It requires a downshift in a truck to make the hill and is just boring, relentless climb. Other than that the 9 miles of singletrack may not sound like much but you'll enjoy ever inch...and that's a lot of inches! Check it out!
The trail is pretty cool and I would surely recommend riding up and then returning on the same trail (do the out-and-back). It is not that hard to ride up, but it is a different experience. Also, ride up to the top of the rock. The view is pretty cool. It takes about 3 hours round trip.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,165 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
late spring to fall is best; open year-round
940 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,505 feet
Top Elevation
Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Southwest Region, 800-527-3305
Local Contacts
DNR Yacolt Burn State Forest Map
Local Maps

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Jul 2018