Bells Mountain Trail

3D view of Larch Mountain, Bells Mountain Trails

Overall: 6

Aerobic: 6

Technical: 5

Steepness: 5

Flow: 7

Singletrack: 100%

Bells Mountain is a nice OAB trail which traverses the eastern flank of Bells mountain and Spotted Deer mountain, ending at the Cold Creek campground.

Type

OAB

Length

Avg: 14mi

Ascent

Moderate

Elevation Change

TH:560'
Avg Ascent:3500'

Ascent Incline

15%

Duration

Avg: 2hr

Weather
Forecast

NOAA

popup

WA SP

Trail
Review

Silver Star Area Trails

At the edge of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, this system of trails has three main trailheads, at Tarbell, Silver Star and Grouse Creek Vista.

Near Vancouver, the Silver Star area trails are popular with hikers, bikers and equestrians. As a result, the trails get a lot of use and receive good maintenance. There is enough terrain variety and trail length to create decent weekend destination rides, but not the kind of epic rides found further into the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Bells Mt is a good trail for those seeking easier terrain, with good shuttle opportunities on the other trails creating opportunities for advanced beginners.

Ding: From Moulton Falls, the first mile ascends 1000', a 19% grade which will be a hike for many riders.

Those seeking an easier ride could start from the Cold Creek Campground and ride north 6mi.

The ride can be extended by continuing on the Tarbell trail to Larch Mountain, which increases the ascent and technical aspects of the ride enough for intermediate riders. See the Area Map for more info on the Larch Mountain route.

The Cold Creek chapter of the Evergreen Alliance has built some freeride terrain on Thrillium and Cold Creek, and holds event and work parties to support the trail system.

The Thrillium and Cold Creek are intended to be downhill routes, using L1000N and Murphy's Grade for ascent to the upper TH.

TH parking is alongside L1000N and L1300 (to the Cold Creek CG), on one side of the road. CG parking is by permit only.

Note: The Tarbell section between Rock Creek Campground and the Tarbell TH is very popular with equestrians and can become unrideable due to trail damage.

That trail section includes several bail out points to L1210, if needed.

To the south, Jones Cr Orv is another moderate trail loop worth checking out.

Directions: From Battle Ground, go on Lucia Falls Park Rd to Moulton Falls. Go .5mi through park on pedestrian walkway and over the bridge to the TH. View Larger Map. No Map?.

Moulton Falls, Bells Mountain Trail Topo Map

OAB Directions

larch ascent

Bells Mountain Area Topo Map

  • TH: Ascend 1000' in 1mi, then traverse the eastern flank of Spotted Deer mountain, across undulating hillside terrain, to the Cold Creek CG.
  • 7.1mi: At the Cold Creek CG, turn around and go back, or continue on the Rock Creek to Larch Mountain Trail.

 

 

Trail Index

This Ride

Bells Mountain Trail, Cold Creek Trail, Rock Creek Trail, Tarbell Trail

Hiking

Campgrounds

Cold Creek Campground, Rock Creek Campground, Sunset Campground

 

Trail Rankings

Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.

  • Overall Rating: Ride quality and challenge
  • Aerobic: Ascent challenge
  • Technical Difficulty: Terrain challenge
  • Steepness: Average incline
  • Flow: Uninterrupted riding
  • Elevation Change: Total elevation gain
  • Ride Difficulty: Terrain challenge

 

 

 

 

Rideshare!

Forums can be used to organize rides, announce events, and comment publicly (or privately).

Comments marked private will only be seen by your friends (and the moderator).

The Terms of Use page lists the public posting guidelines. Please keep it clean.

Although forums are monitored, the Comments page is a faster way to get page errors and information corrected.