3 miles
337 ft
-1,330 ft
4,642 ft
High Point
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This 3 mile trail is located in the area just south of Mt. Adams Wilderness. Trail #40 begins in the south near a livestock corral on Road 8020. The trail heads north and passes through selectively harvested forests, intersects with Cold Spings Trail #72 and Morrison Creek Trail #39 and crosses Hole-in-the-Ground Creek. It then climbs McDonald Ridge where it ends on Road 8040.

The trail and creek are named after the Gotchen family - sheepherders from eastern Oregon who traveled here each summer to graze their flocks.

Features: Forested path, Hole-in-the-Ground Creek, and old stock drive.

source: USFS
Access Info

This trail is located just south of Mt. Adams Wilderness and can be accessed via:

Gotchen Creek Trailhead, Forest Road 8020 (South)

Gotchen Creek Trailhead, Forest Road 8040 (North)


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

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More Stats for Gotchen Creek Trail #40 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -992 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,579 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,597 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,605 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4,089 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    745 ft
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