Lewis River Trail

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Trail

28.2 Miles 45.3 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

2,714' 827 m

Ascent

-2,713' -827 m

Descent

1,781' 543 m

High

1,122' 342 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Unknown

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Great all-singletrack route along the clear waters of the Lewis River.

Anthony Harasimowicz

Overview

In recent years the trail has had portions closed due to slides and wash outs. Confirm overall trail conditions with the Forest Service.
There are some longer, more well-known river trails in neighboring Oregon. Namely the McKenzie River Trail and the epic North Umpqua. But this all-singletrack river trail along the Lewis River in southwest Washington holds its own and is a great all around summer ride. Be sure to take in the views of the lower, middle, and upper falls at the northern end of the trail.

Need To Know

The ride as described below is a true out-and-back singletrack route that traces the the adjacent river. It can easily be set up as a point-to-point shuttle or be done as a loop by utilizing FR 90 to start or end the ride. The trail sees high mountain biker and hiker traffic on weekends throughout the summer.

Description

From the small parking area off of FR 9039 on the east side of the river, ride across the bridge and access the south trailhead on the right. From south to north the trail climbs at a mild grade as you ride against the flow of the Lewis River with great views of the water along the way. The tread is varied with fast, smooth segments combined with intermittent short, technical root-packed sections. As you ride through the shady old-growth forest you'll encounter constant short ups and downs as the trail crosses several creeks and streams that feed the river.

Just prior to the 10-mile mark, the trail crosses FR 90 and leads to the Lower Falls Campground. As you continue north take in the views of the lower, middle, and upper falls of the river - any of which make a great spot for a lunch break. Shortly thereafter the trail ends at FR 90 where you can turn around and retrace your route (or to make up some time you can return on FR 90 to the southern trailhead).

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Sep 25, 2016
Stefano Pellerano
Sep 23, 2016
Brandon Rothauge
Trail closed for bridge repair and trail hog work as of Sep. 23, 2016 Call the ranger station, as the website does not list trail #31 as closed.
Aug 28, 2016
Eddie Skaug
Aug 27, 2016
Ryan Stewart
Jul 31, 2016
Shawn Christman
17.1mi — 4h 11m
Jul 19, 2016
Jon Palmer
Lewis Creek Trail #31 from Curly Creek to Upper Falls, and then returned to Curly Creek via FR90 25mi
May 30, 2016
Gunther Nuissl
Apr 24, 2016
Richard Fitzgerald
Coming down seemed harder than going up. Lots of short steep pitches.

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  4.1 from 23 votes

#137

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This is a BEAUTIFUL trail! Wonderful old growth and plenty of views. Be careful if you go out on an off day. I ran into cougar on the trail!! Aug 28, 2015


Some amazing sections of single track broken up into 10 minutes of riding then 10 minutes of hike-a-bike. Sep 26, 2015


Wonderful crosscountry trail. Couple of hike-a-bike sections but relatively short. If you do it as an out and back plans for 5 hours. Don't think at all that it is all downhill on the way back. It took us 2hr40min up and 2hr26min down. PS: As reference, I am recreational mtb who feels in good after a 30mile ride. Jul 4, 2016


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