Taylor River Trail Details
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.
You'll need a NW Forest Pass.
Local Trail Association
More Stats for Taylor River Trail mountain bike trail
Altitude change602 ft
Altitude min1,255 ft
Altitude start1,255 ft
Altitude end1,857 ft
Distance climb3 miles
Distance down2 miles
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Taylor River Trail Trail Reports
Sep 5, 2017 @ 1:44pmSep 5, 2017
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