6 miles
1,067 ft
-466 ft
Avg time
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Taylor River Trail Details

  • Riding area
    North Bend
    North Bend, Washington
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    All Year
  • eBike Allowed
  • 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.


You'll need a NW Forest Pass.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Taylor River Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    602 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,255 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,961 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,255 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,857 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Avg time
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on Sep 21, 2018
Avg: 3.35 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to taylor-river-trail trailhead (47.561382, -121.532099)
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Taylor River Trail Trail Reports

Sep 21, 2018 @ 11:53pm
Sep 21, 2018
Sep 21, 2018 @ 11:51pm
Sep 21, 2018
May 24, 2018 @ 1:18am
May 24, 2018
Multiple small trees down. Mainly a hiking trail for people getting into the alpine lakes wilderness. Expect traffic. Not highly recommended for...
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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Sep 21, 2018 @ 11:50pm
Sep 21, 2018
Taylor River Trail, My City
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Sep 21, 2018 @ 11:49pm
Sep 21, 2018
Taylor River Trail, My City

Routes with this trail

North Bend > CCC > Taylor River Route
19 miles

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