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10 miles
3,023 ft
-2,726 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Lewis River Trail
  • Cold Creek Mountain Bikers
  • USFS
    Land Manager

Lewis River Details

  • Riding area
    Cowlitz County
    My City, Washington
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Spring, Summer, Fall
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
    Berm, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened

This all-singletrack river trail along the Lewis River in southwest Washington holds its own and is a great all around summer ride. Be sure to take in the views of the lower, middle, and upper falls at the northern end of the trail.

Need to Know
The ride as described below is a true out-and-back singletrack route that traces the the adjacent river. It can easily be set up as a point-to-point shuttle or be done as a loop by utilizing FR 90 to start or end the ride. The trail sees high mountain biker and hiker traffic on weekends throughout the summer. Sections of this trail are very steep or traverse exposed slopes. Made more difficult by the creeks running through, which means some sections are always muddy.

From the small parking area off of FR 9039 on the east side of the river, ride across the bridge and access the south trailhead on the right. From south to north the trail climbs at a mild grade as you ride against the flow of the Lewis River with great views of the water along the way. The tread is varied with fast, smooth segments combined with intermittent short, technical root-packed sections. As you ride through the shady old-growth forest you'll encounter constant short ups and downs as the trail crosses several creeks and streams that feed the river.

Just prior to the 10-mile mark, the trail crosses FR 90 and leads to the Lower Falls Campground. As you continue north take in the views of the lower, middle, and upper falls of the river - any of which make a great spot for a lunch break. Shortly thereafter the trail ends at FR 90 where you can turn around and retrace your route (or to make up some time you can return on FR 90 to the southern trailhead).

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Lewis River mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    296 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,109 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,736 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,121 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,417 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
  • Avg time
  • view trail stats
Avg: 3.8 (5 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to lewis-river trailhead (46.058800, -121.975250)
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VOTR Lewis River Trail
13:37 | 62 | Feb 19, 2018 , My City
Winter Stoke
4:29 | 164 | Feb 1, 2016 , My City
Lewis River Trail log ride
0:16 | 250 | Oct 24, 2014 , My City
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