3.2 miles
Distance
397 ft
Climb
-2,096 ft
Descent
00:31:22
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Dark Meadow #263 Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Dark Divide
    Randle, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #29581 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #32249 in E-Biking
    • #58193 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

This trail is open to motorcycles, hikers, horses, and bicycles.
Creek crossings and sections of the trail are difficult even for experienced motorcycle riders. The route starts at FR 23 and climbs gently at first along Dark Creek through old growth forest. The grade ramps up steadily, becoming quite difficult by the time you cross the creek. The trail passes through Douglas fir and Western Hemlock, before crossing Dark Creek (at mile 1.5), and climbing steeply toward the Dark Meadows area.

The steep terrain continues as the trail works its way up towards Juniper Ridge. Occasionally, the trees open to some brief views of the valley below. Eventually, the grade mellows a bit as you work your way around the shoulder of a lower ridge to meet with Juniper Ridge Trail #261.

This trail is named after John Dark who built a cabin in the meadows in 1895 while prospecting in the area. Take a look at the huge boulders in Dark Creek as you're hiking. These are excellent examples of what melting glaciers can leave behind.

Access Info

From Randle, Washington travel south on State Highway 131 (Forest Roads 23 and 25). Veer left in 1 mile at the Y of Forest Road 23 and Forest Road 25. Follow Forest Road 23 about 22.5 miles.
Trail is off Forest Road 23.

Disclaimer

This trail is maintained by the US Forest Service. Check with the USFS/Gifford Pinchot National Forest for the latest trail status.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Dark Meadow Trail #263 mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,699 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,568 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,285 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,267 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,568 ft
  • Grade
    -10.09%
  • Grade max
    -73.848%
  • Grade min
    39.595%
  • Distance climb
    3,039 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    98 ft
  • Avg time
    00:31:22
  • Avg reverse time
    01:15:22
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Status:
on Sep 12, 2021
Very Dry
Avg: 4.65 (6 votes)

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  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Dark Meadow... Trail Reports

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      Sep 12, 2021 @ 2:16pm
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      Aug 7, 2021 @ 12:39pm
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      Jul 4, 2021 @ 11:17am
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      Jun 26, 2021 @ 3:57pm
      Jun 26, 2021
      All clear. Previous crew that went in did most of the work. Hats off to them! Let er rip!
      Nov 1, 2020 @ 8:03pm
      Nov 1, 2020
      Halloween treats
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Juniper ridge loop via Dark Meadow
      35 miles
      Randle loop
      45 miles

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      masonguy (Oct 3, 2020 at 15:58)
       Amazing Descent. Rooty and fast, moto berms make it perfect to keep your speed. Pretty special trail
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      13:25 | 275 | Oct 1, 2020 , Randle
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