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Bells Mountain

Southwest Washington


Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA
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15.4 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 1500 ft.


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The Bells Mountain trail is a non-motorized, multi-use trail constructed by the Chinook Trail Association (CTA) and managed by Department of Natural Resources (DNR). It is part of a 30-mile stretch of the Chinook Trail that was awarded National Recreation Trail Status in 2005.

The trail is worthwhile for its beginning and its destination, and because it hooks up to other trails as part of the evolving Chinook Trail circuit. The middle section of the hike, however, is rather depressing. Clearcut logging and illegal ORV riding has really impacted this trail. Tire ruts fill up with water from rains with nowhere to drain.

Its northern trailhead is a quarter-mile downriver from the bridge at Moulton Falls picnic area. The first mile climbs steadily up Bells Mountain. The route winds through stands of Alder and Doug-fir while gradually climbing to its southern terminus. At 7.1 miles the route passes through Cold Creek Campground, then ends .6 miles further at the intersection with the Tarbell Trail.

To continue on the Chinook Trail route, follow the Tarbell Trail to the NE past Rock Creek Campground, Tarbell Picnic Area and on to Kloochman Butte.


Bells Mountain

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 45.8286, -122.3877 Open map in new window


Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

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Guidebooks & Maps

Afoot & Afield Portland/Vancouver: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide (Douglas Lorain) - Wilderness Press


Bells Mtn and Silver Star Trail Systems DNR PDF Map:

Getting There

From I-205 or I-5, take the exit for State Route 500. Drive east on 500 until you reach NE Fourth Plain Road in Orchards. At the Fourth Plain Road intersection, continue north on NE 117th Avenue/State Route 503.

Follow State Route 503 north through Brush Prairie and Battle Ground. Turn right (east) onto Rock Creek Road. Rock Creek Road will turn into Lucia Falls Road. Access the trail from the west side of Bridge 120 or from Moulton Falls Park.

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