3 miles
Distance
397 ft
Climb
-2,096 ft
Descent
00:31:18
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Dark Meadow #263 Trail

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
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #27542 in Mountain Biking
  • 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
More Stats for Dark Meadow Trail #263 mountain bike 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
    00:31:18
  • Avg reverse time
    01:15:22
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Status:
on Nov 1, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 4.8 (5 votes)

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  • 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
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • Parking Parking
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  • 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
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Dark Meadow... Trail Reports

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      Nov 1, 2020 @ 8:03pm
      Nov 1, 2020
      Halloween treats
      Oct 3, 2020 @ 9:52am
      Oct 3, 2020
      In great shape, such a great trail.
      Sep 28, 2020 @ 5:15pm
      Sep 28, 2020
      It’s sooo good!! Do it!
      Jul 4, 2020 @ 11:06am
      Jul 4, 2020
      reporter All the downfall has been cleared. Trail is good to go. Thanks Motorcycle club volunteers!
      Jun 24, 2020 @ 10:17am
      Jun 24, 2020
      The trail has an incredible amount of blow-down on it right now. In the lower half, it’s hard to travel a 100-foot section without throwing your...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      6 Months
      • 34 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
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      • 57 rides
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      Routes with this trail

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

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag 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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