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Three Corner Rock Ride

 8 votes

27.5 Miles 44.2 Kilometers


60%

Singletrack

4,217' 1,285 m

Ascent

-4,217' -1,285 m

Descent

3,457' 1,054 m

High

605' 184 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Unknown

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Old-school mountainous singletrack which will test your climbing endurance and switchback skills.

Dmitriy Zasyatkin

Overview

Three Corner Rock, aka 3CR, is an out-and-back backcountry epic with some of the toughest climbs, lots of tight-switchbacks and a big creek crossing. You're rewarded for all that hard climbing with gorgeous views of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainer, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood.

Most of the trail is in deep woods so it holds up well in winter, but there are quite a few areas where water has eroded the trail, making it really challenging.

Start from the Washougal Fish Hatchery, which has free parking next to the river, and ride up the road to the trailhead to get a nice warm up and enjoy views of the Washogual River.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

  • This Featured Ride starts several miles below the Three Corner Rock Trail at a free parking area. To skip the road climb, you can drive to within 0.2 miles of the trail if you have a Annual Discover Pass, or day pass.
  • There is a 20 foot creek crossing halfway to the turn around point. Bring enough calories and water, this trail is much harder than it seems.

Description

For those of us in Portland, Three Corner Rock is about the closest bonafide mountainous singletrack.

Starting from the river at around 1,000 feet, it climbs nine miles up to a rock outcropping that sits at 3,800 feet. 2,800 feet over nine miles? Easy, right? Except that in the first five miles, the trail climbs up and over a ridge and then drops down to a stream crossing before climbing back up to 2,000 feet again only to drop down to 1,500 feet where the bridge is out over Stebbins Creek.

That leaves the final push to the summit a 2,300 foot climb in four short miles. As if that's not enough climbing, don't forget that once you bomb back down to the creek after taking in the stunning and panoramic view of the surrounding mountains: Silver Star, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, St. Helens and a ribbon of the mighty Columbia looking down the valleys at Portland; and after crossing the cold stream you'll still have two more moderate climbs to get back.

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Jul 1, 2017
Dustin Goudschaal
Active logging on W-2000 after the falls. Trailhead is no longer marked - don't blow past it. On your right(if you ride from falls) down from P-Lot. 29.1mi — 2h 45m
May 7, 2017
Lucas Meek
This trail is great for XC, lung burning, climb and descend, lycra loving loonies. This is not a technical trail and has very few natural hits. 6mi — 2h 00m
Sep 25, 2016
Andrew Traylor
The clearcut has decent markers on both sides. Jump on the road and look for cairns made of log rounds and rocks. Fun trail!
Aug 16, 2015
Drew Chilson
Getting pretty overgrown in a couple spots (wear a long sleeve), but a nice get thru the forest. The clearcut work is a walk... Nice to be able to ...
Jul 19, 2015
Michael Griffin
Tight switchbacks, very overgrown and recent logging has destroyed a good quarter mile of the trail: be prepared to carry your bike or take the road. — 6h 00m
Jun 27, 2015
Jason Wagner
Apr 7, 2014
Joe Carpenter
4,869ft Elevation gain. Stream crossing can be at least knee high! 24.4mi — 3h 44m

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3 corner rock, about 45 min 30mi. east of Vancouver, up Washougal River Rd. Apr 1, 2015
love this trail....but the upper part could really use some love Sep 26, 2016
Logging on main road from Dougan Falls - trailhead is no longer marked, but on your right if coming from Dougan Falls. If you get to the small parking lot with the shot up info sign - go back and find the trailhead. Jul 1, 2017

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