3 miles
397 ft
-2,096 ft
4,285 ft
High Point
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Dark Meadow #263 Trail


  • Riding area
    Trout Lake
    My City, Washington
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking

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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Dark Meadow Trail #263 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,699 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,568 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,267 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,568 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,039 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    98 ft
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Avg: 4 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to dark-meadow-trail-263 trailhead (46.289550, -121.766860)
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