22.6 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
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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  • + 4
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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  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • Hike
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    • Horse
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • eBike Allowed
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    2
More Stats for Tarbell Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,010 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,321 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,319 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -50.5%
  • Grade min
    55.4%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)

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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Cold Creek
Jan 14, 2022 @ 3:04pm
Jan 14, 2022
Snow packed at 5 Corners/Road 1050, but clear from the Toilet Bowl down, though likely pretty wet.
Tarbell
Dec 4, 2021 @ 9:06am
Dec 4, 2021
A tree down across trail just above Hidden Falls. Construction work at Hidden Falls for new Bridge, but walkable.
Tarbell
Nov 13, 2021 @ 4:32pm
Nov 13, 2021
A few places with rivers of water running down the trail before and after Kloochman Butte.
Tarbell
Sep 26, 2021 @ 6:56pm
Sep 26, 2021
Someone did a great job of cutting the overgrowth!! All good. Just watch for poop piles!
Tarbell
Jul 3, 2021 @ 9:41am
Jul 3, 2021
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