4 miles
Distance
377 ft
Climb
-2,614 ft
Descent
00:44:16
Avg time

Cold Creek Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Cold Creek
    Battle Ground, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Year Round, Snow closures do exist.
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Drop, Jump
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #6230 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    1990
  • Land Manager

The Cold Creek trail is a section of the greater Tarbell Trail. Cold Creek has a sampling of several types of terrain ranging from carefully crafted berms and rollers to raw rooty and rocky sections. Roughly 5 1/2 miles from top to bottom, it offers some of the most enjoyable and flowy single track in the area. A favorite ride for many in this region.

The Tarbell Trail was named for George Lee Tarbell, who, in the early 1900s, lived alone in a shack accessible only by a path that roughly follows the present day trail. Tarbell surely enjoyed some beautiful views along his trail, of Sturgeon Rock (3,100 feet elevation), Pyramid Rock (3,503 feet), Larch Mountain (3,496 feet), and Silver Star Mountain (4.390 feet). Views stretch from the surrounding valleys to the high Cascades. The Tarbell Trail, like the Three Corner Rock Trail to the east, is among the best Department of Natural Resources (DNR) riding in the state. The trail is mostly hard pack with some rocky and uneven sections. It climbs and descends through second-growth forest with some scattered old growth Douglas fir. It also sports the above-mentioned views, as well as scenic Hidden Falls, to entertain the eyes while exercising the legs and lungs. Some of the best state forest riding in Washington;

Access Info

http://www.coldcreekmountainbikers.org/maps/

More Stats for Cold Creek bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,236 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,258 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,507 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,494 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,258 ft
  • Grade
    -10.132%
  • Grade max
    -69.582%
  • Grade min
    27.369%
  • Distance climb
    4,971 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    872 ft
  • Avg time
    00:44:16
  • Avg reverse time
    00:05:47
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Status:
on Sep 30, 2019
Variable
Avg: 4.6 (23 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Cold Creek Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Sep 30, 2019 @ 7:40pm
      Sep 30, 2019
      Sep 10, 2019 @ 8:56am
      Sep 10, 2019
      Lots of puddles and loose rocks from the summer. Very slippery but not muddy.
      Sep 7, 2019 @ 10:04am
      Sep 7, 2019
      Jul 7, 2019 @ 10:28am
      Jul 7, 2019
      reporter Misty & damp at the top, sunny & dry at the bottom, fun and grippy the whole way through.
      May 26, 2019 @ 5:14pm
      May 26, 2019
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 6 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 192 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      All
      • 225 rides
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      Photos

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      148 |
      Jan 22, 2018 @ 9:23am
      Jan 22, 2018

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      2019 Yacolt Burn Enduro race
      16 miles
      CDC Stage 2 - Cold Creek race
      3 miles
      '16 CDC Yacolt Burn Enduro race
      13 miles

      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag dirtjr (Dec 8, 2017 at 11:44)
       Best trail in the Portland/Vancouver metro area
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag larryleveen (Jul 17, 2018 at 12:52)
       When half my group showed up with kneepads and full-face helmets — or BOTH — I wondered what I had gotten myself into. I'd rate this trail as "Intermediate With Real Consequences". Maybe start to rotate that blue square counter-clockwise about 15-degrees and darken the hue a little ;-)
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag dbw1288 (Jul 22, 2018 at 16:24)
       I am curious to know if anyone else has gotten a flat tire on the gravel road leading to the cold creek trail head? I have gotten a flat tire on the last two trips I made, and to make it more weird, brand new tires as well !
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag movpclr (Jul 24, 2018 at 13:06)
       I had a flat last week on the L-1000 road before 4 corners on medium worn truck tires. Looked like a sharp rock. My guess is that as the road gets more blown out in the summer, sharp rocks that are lodged into the ground are no longer covered by as much loose gravel, making the road a little tougher on tires.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag LogHome72 (Apr 25, 2019 at 10:55)
       Thanks for the warning.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag gdtrfb8 (Jul 31, 2019 at 22:59)
       We only rode the first ~ 1/2, finishing up on Sixth Sense. I would say this rates more Blue/Black than Blue. Some of the riders in our group had trouble with the steep and loose nature of the trail, and they generally ride blue trails with no issues. I personally thought the scree field was just annoying as it tried to throw up rocks to crack my frame. Smile Next time I'll probably ride just the lower half since the climb to the very top is brutal and not worth it IMO.
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