Salmon Falls - aka Darrington Trail

 14 votes

15.2 Miles 24.5 Kilometers

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Singletrack

1,026' 313 m

Ascent

-1,020' -311 m

Descent

654' 199 m

High

470' 143 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Unknown

654' 199 m

High

470' 143 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

The best known singletrack in the area.

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Overview

This is a multi-use trail, used by hikers and horses, although this one is mainly traveled by mountain bikers. Be respectful!
Virtually all the local mountain bikers know this trail well. It's a 16 mile out and back with some very technical areas and some steep climbs. There are several very exposed sections (well marked with caution signs). It's very hot in the summer but still a great ride.

The trail follows along the Lake and drops back and forth into creek areas and then back out to the ridges along the lake. It's very rocky trail in some areas, with flowing singletrack in other areas.

Need To Know

The start of this trail is a bit scary and exposed. Several riders have gone for a spill down the hill to the lake (or the catch fence). Walk your bike if you''re uncertain (I do).

Description

You can't get lost on this trail - it's straight out and back and only two sections deviate off the trail. At about mile 3 there's a split in the trail with a lower and upper trail. The upper trail is best on the way out and the lower is the best on the way back. If you take the upper on the way out it turns into a rocky fire road - watch for a trail sign on your left leading you back to the singletrack (it's the second left).

The two lefts are very close together and easy to spot. At mile 7.5 you'll drop back onto a fire road and it's a good climb to the turnaround for the trail. The turnaround is marked by a sign indicating Darrington Trail back the way you just came and is on a large flat spot with fire roads heading in three directions.

Return the way you came on a high speed run down the fire road, and watch for the singletrack rising to the left of the road. Follow this until you get to the next fire road (several miles) and you'll enter and leave the fire road on the right side (or you can go for the steep climb up the road).

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Sep 29, 2016
Joseph Tan
7h 30m
Aug 20, 2016
Christopher Irvine
16.2mi
Jul 2, 2016
Jay Burn
May 10, 2016
Ryan Eckert
Apr 1, 2016
Edward Jennings
Took wrong turn, ended up on mountain top which led to country road. Took me up to Pilot Hill. Finished down Salmon Falls Rd to car in total darkness 27.1mi
Feb 21, 2016
Ernie Franco
9h 41m
Feb 11, 2016
Edward Jennings
First time here. Walked a few sections that were too rocky for me 15.2mi
Nov 22, 2015
Vince Lee
start at bridge. save a mile and no cliff.

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