Mileage: 24.75 miles RT
Elevation Highest: 4120ft
Favorite Eats After Hike: Pack A Cooler
4/4/2016 We woke up to a wet miserable day so we picked a trail close to my friend’s house she had been meaning to check out for it’s training possibilities. We are planning a summer trip to Eagle Cap. Tarbell offers miles of trail, even if it’s not that beautiful with the sections of logging. Today we didn’t care, no views anyway.
I was impressed with the great condition of the trail, picnic tables and privy at the TH and clear signage. We wandered in 3.5 miles and then wandered back out. Not sure what is like on a nice weekend but we didn’t see anyone the whole time. Hopefully next time we can make it to the falls!
This area is in the Yacolt Burn State Forest outside Ridgefield, WA south of Mt. St. Helens.
Directions: Drive I-5 southbound from Kelso and take exit 11 for Battle Ground. Follow 219th St.(SR 502)east for about 6 miles. 219th becomes Main St. as you enter Battle Ground. Driving northbound on I-5 from Vancouver, take exit 11 and follow 219th St.(SR 502)east for about 6 miles. 219th becomes Main St. as you enter Battle Ground. At Battle Ground turn left (north) at the light signal onto SR 503(Lewisville Highway). Follow SR 503 5.6 miles north past the Lewisville County Park then turn right (east)at NE Rock Creek Road. (If you miss Rock Creek Road, then turn right at NE Beebe Road. It is the next right.) The Rock Creek Campground is about 15 miles from the Rock Creek Road/SR 503 junction.) Stay on Rock Creek Road and follow it south, it turns to the east and changes to Lucia Falls Road. Follow Lucia Falls Road past Moulton Falls County Park. You are now about 8 miles from the 503 jct. Just past the park turn right on NE Sunset Falls Road (Country Road 12.) and go 2 miles. Turn right on Dole Valley Road/NE 312th Ave. and cross the bridge over the East Fork Lewis River. Only another 5 miles and you are there! Follow Dole Valley Road and cross a one lane bridge followed shortly by the road turning to gravel. Look for the entrance to Rock Creek Campground on your left.