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23.4 mile 37.6 kilometer loop


Ascent: 3,589' 1,094 m
Descent: -3,589' -1,094 m
High: 5,439' 1,658 m
Low: 2,450' 747 m


Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)


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After the long climb up, the return singletrack route has amazing views from the cliff-side trail.

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Just northwest of Naches, WA is a great mountain bike ride with a classic long fire road climb and sweet singletrack descent. It's a steady 11-mile climb (2900 ft. gain) up toward Little Bald Mountain with a varied return trip on rugged singletrack with sweeping cliff views.

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This ride can easily be set up as a shuttle with the starting point off of FR 1706 (the stretch of FR 1600 leading to the start of the trail highpoint is quite rough) and endpoint at the Halfway Flat Campground. Best time to ride is late summer, early fall.


Driving south on Highway 410, turn right on Old River Road and cross the Naches River. Turn right at the fork and park at the large gravel lot on the left. The ride beings with a long, steady march up FR 1706. The gravel route is pretty straightforward as you follow signs for Little Bald. At just under the 10 mile mark turn right at a fork on FR 1600.

This more rugged road continues for another 3 mile where the upper access point for Little Bald Mountain Trail (#961). The trail initially drops into the forest, down to a switchback, and then opens up to a large clearing and scree field. Take your time working your way across the rocky trail. The trail heads back into the forest and turns to a fast, smooth, and narrow ribbon of singletrack.

After a short climb near the 14-mile mark, the trail takes you adjacent to a steep cliff edge with sweeping views to the west. In the distance, the top of Mt. Rainier is visible across the vast forested hills. The trail borders the cliff edge for another 4 miles as you head northeast.

The route then takes you back into the forest and passes through a large clearing. Turning to the east the trail crosses a gravel road and then to a final series of switchbacks takes you down to the Halfway Flat Campground and along the Naches River. From here follow the sometimes faint trail to a parking area at the Boulder Cave Recreation Area and then finish the loop by taking Old River Road back to the bottom of FS 1706.


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Jul 15, 2017
Eric McDonald
4100 feet 24mi
Sep 1, 2016
Hugh Gren
The ride up is cheesy easy as its not steep. The trail is glorious!!! So much fun in fact I may ride it again tomorrow:-)) — 2h 05m

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dont attempt this ride!!!! there is a pretty unused trail in place with a ton of fallen trees accross's pretty much unridable and we got lost because the trail just vanishes and basically rode a gravel road back to our car. in short, it sucked!! i would give it no stars. May 30, 2016
Kyle Nicolls
Richland, WA
Kyle Nicolls   Richland, WA
Did it yesterday for the first time. Navigation was not hard, although I used topo maps on backcountry navigator (phone app) to stay on the correct road. Ride up was good, washboard was obsolete which was a huge plus. At the top the trail is labeled easiest, which I kind of laugh at because there are some tough parts and a few very exposed. Fantastic trail. Not sure that dirt bikers even use this trail, though they are allowed. No trees in the path, dust was not that bad but it was worst at the bottom. If riding in a group I am sure all behind the first would be pretty dusted out. Unless the heat doesnt bother you, I'd recommend starting before 10am. By the time I got back to the bottom it was probably in the 90s. Good luck on the rock field in the beginning. You're a damn good rider if you can make it half way through. Jul 14, 2018
This trail seriously rocks on a fat bike with front suspension. This trail is made for high-end fat bikes. It was sooooo much fun, that its is now one of my favorite top ten trails in the Western US. I used a Specialized Fatboy Pro Trail. The navigation got really difficult at the bottom near the camp sites/highway. The river took out part of the trail. Next time I will just take the highway back to the car. Jan 16, 2019

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