6 miles
Distance
1,067 ft
Climb
-466 ft
Descent
1,961 ft
High Point
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Taylor River Trail Details

  • Riding area
    North Bend
    North Bend, Washington
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Easy
  • Season
    All Year
  • Global Ranking

So what happens if you get all the way to the Middle Fork trailhead and realize it's an EVEN numbered day? Or maybe you are too early or too late(before June or after Oct). Or maybe you have done the CCC extension trail and need some more miles. What DO you do? Well, you can do the Taylor River Trail! This is a short (13 miles RT from the parking lot) reclaimed road trail that follows along the wild Taylor River. This trail is open year round. There are a few unique features to this ride: Otter Falls, an grove of large Cedars, and the Big Creek Bridge.

Since this is an old roadbed - it is surprisingly mud free. And Thankfully this was a road, or mountain bikers would not be allowed in the area as it certainly would be considered "wilderness". Exceptions for wilderness are made for roads, but not for mountain bikers. Fortunately this is not considered wilderness, despite it really being. There are obstacles -- like granite boulders and creek washouts and even a little riding IN a creek or two depending on the time of year you go there.

In one word -- rocky

Right before Marten Creek (about 3 miles in) see a big cedar on your right. Now on the left(uphill side) see a boot track up to a grove of large cedars. There is also a fisherman's trail up to Marten Lake hereabouts.

The big draw here is Otter Falls. After crossing Otter Creek (about 4-5 miles from the parking lot) look for a possibly cairn marked, easy to miss boot track going uphill. Follow this trail for a short 1/4 mile heading for the sounds of the falls. WTA link here These falls are stunning and worth the trip BUT they are snowmelt fed so dry up early (usually after July).

At Big Creek (about 6 miles in) you come to an old concrete bridge with great views of Big Creek Falls.

Once you hit the wilderness you can ditch your bike and hike up to Snoqualmie and Nordrum Lakes.

Disclaimer

You'll need a NW Forest Pass.

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More Stats for Taylor River Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    602 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,255 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,255 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,857 ft
  • Grade
    2.028%
  • Grade max
    -12.714%
  • Grade min
    15.909%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
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on Sep 5, 2017
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Taylor River Trail Trail Reports

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Sep 5, 2017 @ 1:44pm
Sep 5, 2017
Climbing: easy spin with a few turtleheads sprinkled in to test your technique. two stream crossings where you will shoulder your bike that are...
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