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Lewis River Trail

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28.2 Miles 45.3 Kilometers



2,714' 827 m


-2,713' -827 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (19°)

1,781' 543 m


1,122' 342 m




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

Anthony Harasimowicz

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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.

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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.


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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Jun 10, 2018
Abby Butterfield
More difficult psychologically than physically. The drop-off to the river and stream crossings are manageable, but best done with a buddy. 14.1mi — 4h 30m
Jun 4, 2018
Trace Hill
High cliff areas
Jun 2, 2018
Eric McDonald
Out and back is 5252 feet elevation gain. A lot of steep up and downs. Exceptional scenery and pretty tough out and back 29.7mi
Oct 7, 2017
R Wantaja
Fun trail, had to walk some hills, bring lots of food and water 18.3mi — 2h 41m
Sep 3, 2017
Richard Rosko
Aug 3, 2017
James Semivan
Jul 16, 2017
John Morehead
Out and back needed to leave early due to time constraints. 16mi
Jul 8, 2017
Todd Shank

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Anonymous User
Anonymous User  
Some amazing sections of single track broken up into 10 minutes of riding then 10 minutes of hike-a-bike. Sep 26, 2015
Anonymous User
Anonymous User  
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
Jm Jenkins
Portland, OR
Jm Jenkins   Portland, OR
Awesome ride! We started at the lower end, at Curly Creek Falls TH and rode up to Middle Falls. We returned to the TH via FS90, which involved a long climb and a long descent. 25 mile RT, took about 6 hours at leisurely pace. Jun 13, 2017

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