Thanks to many local volunteer partners, DNR was able to install a new trail bridge in the Yacolt Burn State Forest late last fall. The new bridge opens the Tarbell Trail between mile-marker 15-17 and ends a 5-year stretch of visitors using a trail detour.
DNR’s work is thanks in part to efforts from the Cold Creek Mountain Bikers, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, Washington Trail Riders Association, Chinook Trail Association, Back Country Horsemen of Washington and crews with Larch Corrections Center. Funding was provided from a Washington State recreation and Conservation Office grant.
DNR’s Tarbell Trailhead provides the northern access for a 35-mile trail system enjoyed by hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. With parts in existence for more than 100 years, the Tarbell Trail connects visitors to scenic viewpoints including the Hidden Falls.
At the entrance to Rock Creek from L-1000 continue north onto Dole Valley Road. Turn left onto the L-1100 road, and at junction with the L-1210 road, turn right and the trailhead is on your left.
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Some photos courtesy of Bob Heimbuch with Cold Creek Mountain Bikers Alliance. See more of the project in this Pink Bike article.