Salmon Falls (Darrington Trail)

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717' 219 m


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642' 196 m


472' 144 m



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The best known singletrack in the area.

Shayne Holderby


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.

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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).


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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If you want a more challenging ride, take the fire road up to the right about 3 miles in,( Warning, its very steep and rocky, not for beginners) climb to the top of flagstaff hill, ( you,ll know you found the top when you reach the junk car) descend back to Rattle snake bar road, left turn down to the East campground, keep left after the ranger station campground entrance, follow the road approx another mile, don,t go to the right where the campground is, but go up the fire road on the right which will lead you back to the darrington trail, it adds about 6 miles, but you get to see the east end of folsom lake from Flagstaff, and decend down rattlesnake bar road at 30- 35 MPH. You also hit the rocky section near the turn around going east, which is not as bad.... Sep 11, 2016

One other comment, unless there has been a change of policy, there are no horses signs in a couple of places along the trail, I've seen hikers, but I believe this trail isn't open to Equestrian traffic. Sep 16, 2016

Check out the rest of the trails on strava heatmap Dec 25, 2016

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