10 miles
Distance
1,641 ft
Climb
-4,452 ft
Descent
01:43:52
Avg time
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Details

  • Riding Area
    Little Bald Mtn
    Greenwater, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #33323 in Mountain Biking

Just northwest of Naches, WA is a great mountain bike ride with a classic long fire road climb and sweet singletrack descent. It's a steady 11-mile climb (2900 ft. gain) up toward Little Bald Mountain with a varied return trip on rugged singletrack with sweeping cliff views.

Driving south on Highway 410, turn right on Old River Road and cross the Naches River. Turn right at the fork and park at the large gravel lot on the left. The ride beings with a long, steady march up FR 1706. The gravel route is pretty straightforward as you follow signs for Little Bald. At just under the 10 mile mark turn right at a fork on FR 1600.

This more rugged road continues for another 3 mile where the upper access point for Little Bald Mountain Trail (#961). The trail initially drops into the forest, down to a switchback, and then opens up to a large clearing and scree field. Take your time working your way across the rocky trail. The trail heads back into the forest and turns to a fast, smooth, and narrow ribbon of singletrack.

After a short climb near the 14-mile mark, the trail takes you adjacent to a steep cliff edge with sweeping views to the west. In the distance, the top of Mt. Rainier is visible across the vast forested hills. The trail borders the cliff edge for another 4 miles as you head northeast.

The route then takes you back into the forest and passes through a large clearing. Turning to the east the trail crosses a gravel road and then to a final series of switchbacks takes you down to the Halfway Flat Campground and along the Naches River. From here follow the sometimes faint trail to a parking area at the Boulder Cave Recreation Area and then finish the loop by taking Old River Road back to the bottom of FS 1706.

Access Info

This ride can easily be set up as a shuttle with the starting point off of FR 1706 (the stretch of FR 1600 leading to the start of the trail highpoint is quite rough) and endpoint at the Halfway Flat Campground. Best time to ride is late summer, early fall.

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More Stats for Little Bald Mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,811 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,521 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,398 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,331 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,521 ft
  • Grade
    -5.221%
  • Grade max
    -41.786%
  • Grade min
    30.62%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,068 ft
  • Avg time
    01:43:52
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Status:
on Aug 1, 2018
Dry
Avg: 3.5 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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  • Variable
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
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      Little Bald Mountain Trail Reports

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      Aug 1, 2018 @ 7:05am
      Aug 1, 2018
      Dry and dusty but still very rideable! At the top of the loop the trail takes you through a screw field, which I had to walk through. There are...
      Jul 3, 2018 @ 10:06am
      Jul 3, 2018
      Lots of loose rocks, some sandy/dusty spots but in good biking condition considering that it's open to motos. No trees down.
      May 23, 2018 @ 7:12pm
      May 23, 2018
      Shuttled it with some friends who are all intermediate riders. Everyone had a great time. There were about 4 trees down. Trail was about 90% dry....
      Jul 8, 2017 @ 4:24pm
      Jul 8, 2017
      There are no downed trees as of 7/7/2017. Other than there being some loose rocks and very dry dirt in sections (like talcum powder dry) the trail...
      Nov 30, 2016 @ 9:13am
      Nov 30, 2016
      reporter Word is that the trail has not been maintained by the forest service and there are many trees down over the trail. (now covered in snow as well)....
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