23 miles
Distance
4,332 ft
Climb
-4,333 ft
Descent
3,302 ft
High Point

The Tarbell loop is that actual continuous Tarbell trail. It's a varied route with lots of different types of terrain and fantastic descents. The best way to ride it is CLOCKWISE, so you're ascending hiking trails with moderate grades and descending mountain bike trails- doing it counter-clockwise is an exercise in frustration. The trail travels through a lot of clear cuts, so start early in the morning or ride it on a cool day. The section that climbs over Larch Mountain can be under snow from about mid December through Early May. This is the closest epic loop to the Portland area, and it's one every mountain biker should ride if they haven't yet.

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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 3
flag miah66 (Jun 9, 2020 at 9:35)
 Note: Starting the loop at Cold Creek Day Use area or Rock Creek CG will add climbing at the beginning, but you will end with a very long descent instead of a climb.
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  • + 3
flag VTTyeahyouknowme (Jul 5, 2020 at 17:24)
 RIDE THIS LOOP CLOCKWISE. Do not listen to the description- if you go counter-clockwise you'll be ascending the best mountain biking trails and descending primarily hiking trails. If you do it counter-clockwise you'll be waiting the whole ride for the good part- it never arrives.

Do it clockwise for nice long pretty gradual ascents and ripping descents. Park at Rock Creek day-use (don't forget your Discover Pass, there's almost no cell service to get a day-use online) and head up Tarbell- this way you end the whole ride descending Cold Creek to the last bit of Tarbell.
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      statustraildateconditiondescription
      Tarbell
      Jan 15, 2021 @ 9:06pm
      2 days
      Lost my phone on tarbell loop today. Black iphone with white headphones attached. If you see it please send me a message!
      Cold Creek
      Jan 15, 2021 @ 3:35pm
      2 days
      A little muddy with some sticks a few puddles, some water cascading down the trail in places but overall totally rideable
      Hidden Falls
      Jan 11, 2021 @ 8:32am
      Jan 11, 2021
      Trail was in great overall shape on 1/9/2021 with no snow. There were some drainage issues in the clearcut climb with water running down short sections of trail. Descent to Hidden Falls had great dirt. Last section from Chinook junction down to Rock Creek was muddy.
      Tarbell Trail
      Aug 23, 2020 @ 11:08am
      Aug 23, 2020
      Significantly overgrown: my legs got a bit beat up from branches and brambles. Could barely see the trail surface in many places.
      Tarbell
      Aug 6, 2020 @ 9:58am
      Aug 6, 2020
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