Tarbell Trail

A moderate 10.9 mile out and back trail with 1,600 feet of elevation gain in southwest Washington in the Yacolt Burn State Forest. This hike passes through a pretty forest to Hidden Falls and is a great year round hiking option. The Tarbell Trail is shared used by hikers, mountain bikers, and horses.

Getting there

Drive SR-502 east to Battle Ground, turn left at the intersection with SR-503 and drive north for 5.5 miles. Turn right onto NE Rock Creek Road which changes names to Lucia Falls Road. In 4.5 miles pass Lucia Falls on the right, and in 3.5 more miles (8 miles total) Moulton Falls Regional Park is on the right. Drive Lucia Falls Rd east for a couple of hundred feet and turn right on Sunset Falls Rd. Drive Sunset Falls Rd 2.0 miles and turn right on Dole Valley Rd. In 2.4 miles turn left on NE DNR 1100 Rd, drive 2.2 miles, and then take a sharp right on L-1100C. The Tarbell Trailhead is on the left (1,850 ft). There is an outhouse at the trailhead. 

on the trail

Hidden Falls via Tarbell Trail

10.9 miles round trip with 1,617 feet of elevation gain

The trail to the falls passes through older forest, newer forest, and some logged areas, and wildflowers abound in spring. Hidden Falls is a 90-foot waterfall on Coyote Creek, and the Tarbell Trail, a 22-mile loop,  is named after hermit George Lee Tarbell who created part of this route to access his shack.

To take the route to Hidden Falls hike past picnic tables to a junction with a tie trail. Pass MP 0.0 and ascend to the Tarbell Trailhead Junction. After hiking three miles turn left for Hidden Falls. As you climb through the logged enjoy views of Siouxon Peak, Huffman Peak, Mount Mitchell, and Mount St. Helens.  The trail switchbacks twice then crosses gravel road L1121. Pass MP 1.0 and continue uphill to the Tarbell-Silver Shadow Trail East Junction. Bear left and cross over an abandoned logging road and an old ATV track. The trail heads downhill past the 2.5 mile marker where there are more views. Pass an unmarked trail, hike below a logging road, and cross two creeks. Pass MP 3.5 and go straight at the Tarbell-Chinook Trail Junction. Reach a logging road and bear right for about 25 yards to continue on the trail. The trail switchbacks downhill and crosses a footbtridge over the North Fork Coyote Creek. Pass MP 5.0 and begin a gradual descent to a bridge over the South Fork Coyote Creek and views of Hidden Falls, historically named Linton Falls and Coyote Creek Falls.


  • The Tarbell Trail is shared used by hikers, mountain bikers, and horses. 
  • Nearby Lucia Falls and Moulton Falls are both worth visiting on the East Fork of the Lewis River.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 10.9 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,617 ft
  • 2,555 ft
  • see Land Manager
  • USGS Dole
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