Lewis River Trail

 26 votes

28.2 Miles 45.3 Kilometers



2,714' 827 m


-2,713' -827 m


1,781' 543 m


1,122' 342 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (19°)

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29 days agoUpdate

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

Anthony Harasimowicz


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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Jul 16, 2017
John Morehead
Out and back needed to leave early due to time constraints. 16mi
May 29, 2017
Fred Gibson
Washout at mile 12. There is a workaround, up hill. 24.5mi — 5h 08m
May 21, 2017
Katie Fox
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

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Minor Issues 29 days ago
Dry - Great condition, there are some washouts that require waking around but very short
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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

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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