14.5 miles
3,275 ft
-3,274 ft
4,384 ft
High Point

This out and back is the best way to see the view from Silver Star while still getting in some good turns, not driving up the terrifying road on the North side, and involves the least Hike-a-Bike, although there is still a significant amount of that involved. This is not recommended for the faint of heart. Don't bring your beginner friend. Also, climbing through the clear cuts can get pretty exhausting during the hot season.

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Chinook Out and Back is a 14 mile popular expert route located near Battle Ground Washington. This mountain bike primary route. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 3,275 ft with a max elevation of 4,384 ft then descends -3,274 ft.
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5 Reviews & Comments

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Mjj1066 (Jun 24, 2021 at 8:59)
Trail Tarbell
Solid single track climbing trail with moderate grade throughout. Some rocks and roots but nothing too tough or technical. The trail was very overgrown about 30% of the time and moderately overgrown for other portions. If clear, this is a trail I would recommend as a good climb.
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kmpollock (Aug 6, 2020 at 9:57)
Trail Tarbell
Did an out and back from Rock Creek Campground and had much more fun in the downhill direction. Lots of rocks, but also great scenery. I was out early enough to avoid horses, but there was evidence of plenty of equine use.
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sean-bob (Jul 16, 2020 at 12:55)
Trail Chinook
Can confirm the previous comment. Overgrown and loose. Not overly steep but the overgrowth and looseness makes it tough, if not impossible to climb. Amazing views though! The descent down Grouse Vista makes this a bit better but even on a weekday the trails were very busy with hiker traffic
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XU12XU (Jul 9, 2020 at 16:57)
Trail Chinook
The views up on Silverstar almost make this worth it, but as a DH, it is almost totally forgettable. Loose rock on straightaways to hair pins and generally not much happening. Very overgrown too
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Fengerjohn (Jun 5, 2020 at 15:07)
Trail Tarbell
This trail is not that great, its shared a horse trail, with sharp hiker turns and a good amount of loose rocks We did this as a loop starting up cold creek and were very disappointed with this was our down. So many good trails in this region hard to recommend this one.

Trails in Route

Tarbell Access249 ft
Chinook2 miles
Tarbell4 miles


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    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
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    Black Diamond
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More Stats for Chinook Out and Back mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    0 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,856 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,862 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,864 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Sep 17, 2022 @ 7:58am
Sep 17, 2022
Trimmed back branches on upper section, but still lots of undergrowth encroaching on the trail in various spots
Jul 30, 2022 @ 8:38am
Jul 30, 2022
Tarbell Access
Jul 17, 2022 @ 12:59pm
Jul 17, 2022
Great trail conditions. Ripper downhill, challenging short climbs.
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