Bells Mountain Trail

MODERATE 86 reviews
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Bells Mountain Trail is a 16 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yacolt, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from February until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

16.0 miles
3372 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running





wild flowers


From Moulton Falls, the trail begins with a one mile steep incline through lush forest. Towards the top of Bell's Mountain, the trail goes through a clear cut. The trail is well marked every half mile but there is a road crossing near the top of Bell's Mountain that is a bit hard to pick up. When you hit the road, turn left and follow the road around to the right for about 100 yards. There is a cairn where the trail picks up again. The trail continues along the slopes of Bell's Mountain and Spotted Dear Mountain and and then descends and runs along or near Cedar Creek until the end, which is just South of the Cold Creek Day Use Area. Many folks hike the entire 7.7 mile trail as a point-to-point and have someone pick them up at the Cold Creek Day Use Area. Others just do an out-and-back from Moulton Falls. Either way, it's a great hike with spectacular views!

12 days ago

Great trail the first 2.5 miles are quite beautiful, with moderate inclined, water falls, view and just simply beautiful.
I did it in rain more rain and heavy rain with 35 miles in hour wind at the top. I recommend the trail in late spring when is full of flowers. Go be free.

23 days ago

This is a national recreational trail - intended to preserve and celebrate our nation's pathways. The trail was built by the Chinook Trail Association. We began our one-way hike in the Cold Creek Campground and headed north on the trail with a car at each end (Moulton Falls parking lot). A good early spring hike with light rain throughout the day and patches of snow off the trail at the higher elevations (max 1600' . The trail south to north is 8 miles; 22 wooden bridges, 2 steel bridges, and a turnpike (all in good condition). Easier to go this direction since it is gradual up to the Bells Mountain trail top and then descending is easier. For the most part in mature mixed forests and follows two streams (Cold Creek then over a ridge to another unnamed one). The trail needs maintenance - duff retains water in low areas and berms need knocking down. The trail hinge has mostly disappeared from ( from milepost 3 to 8). Oregon grape, ferns, silal and other encroaching plants constrain the trail width but still passable. Most of the trail drains need cleaning out (the culverts are working well). Fir seedlings have been planted in the clear cut areas and a 15 year growth of Douglas Fir in other areas, with some thinning in older areas of restoration, makes the trail an improvement over previous years. Few realize this trail starts at Hantwick trailhead (2 miles west of the Bells Mtn trailhead) and goes 1.6 miles past Cold Creek park to the Yacolt Burn trailhead on Dole Valley Road. The extension of the Cold Creek to Yacolt Burn trailhead was improved this winter by the Washington Trails Association. A great hike with lots of forest and large trees (my score is 3.5/5.0). I do it each year about this time.

2 months ago

One of my favorite trails! Great scenery and awesome view!

6 months ago

I got a couple miles into this trail before seeing some droppings that made me uncomfortable. I was alone so I decided to turn back to Moulton Falls. The initial ascent is pretty steep but the setting is breathtaking. I will come back to this trail! One of the lushest settings I've been in in a while.

8 months ago

This trail goes on forever, it's very green, can be pretty steep, but has great views after about 2 miles.

9 months ago

I didn't do the entire hike to the top but all and all it was beautiful! I had three dogs with me and was relieved to see that there were a of chances for them to cool off with streams close by. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because of the huge crowds of people at the beginning of the hike by Multon falls but once I hit the Bell Mountain trail I didn't see a soul. It's a beautiful, green hike.

9 months ago

Pretty much straight uphill, great views when you get out of the trees though. Only walked about 2 miles before turning around.

10 months ago

Good workout but scenery was not that great

10 months ago

Great trail for kids and dogs. The trail follows along Graves Creek most of the way with spots to stop and get in the water if needed. We only did about half of the trail starting at the South end.

11 months ago

Nice trail. Not too many people. We really enjoyed the views and the river is beautiful!

11 months ago

Great trail even when wet although there are a few slick areas. We only went about 2 miles up and then went back. Some good views about 1.5 miles up! That's where the logging has happened. Deer, woodpeckers and nobody else while we were there. Going back soon to go longer.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

beautiful trail, close to town, and not very busy. easy get away from Portland with any length trail you want. highly recommend it.

trail running
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Great trail, overall in great condition. A couple of large trees down at the Tarbell end of the trail otherwise pretty much clear. 17 miles out and back. Make sure you have a discover pass for parking!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Great hike today - raining most the time and pretty much had the 16.8 miles to myself!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Loved this trail! Got in 15 miles out n back total. It was well maintained even with the terrible weather this winter.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ran this from moulton falls to the campground. Loved every step.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

We parked at the top of Dole valley road so the scenery for first 3/4 mile kind of blah. But once you are in the thick of the trees it is beautiful!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tuff and beautiful hike. runs into logging roads that connect with multiple trails from that point. Don't go unprepared like the rookies complaining about not finding the trail and bring some form of map with you. This hike literally is a gateway to multiple-day hikes and other trails, so you can easily get lost if you go unprepared. Great trail to get to Rock Creek, Tarbell, Pyramid Rock, Silverstar Mountain, and other beautiful areas. Not a hike for the inexperienced in my opinion.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

8 hours from Moulton Falls parking lot to the crossroads and back plus a 20 minute break at thr falls at the top. My time does include stopping to take in the view at around the 1.5 mile point and photos. In regard to views, not really worth going past that, but I am endurance training. Lots of clear cut = boring and sunny (it was like 90 when I went). The trail is in good shape though; some blackberries starting to creap across the trail but nothing major. At the 2.5 mile mark is a logging road; turn right (down hill) and the trail will continue on your right. The first quarter mile or so is the hardest in regard to incline.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

At the bottom it mentions other trails, but there's only one trail I could find. I was kind of a boring hike leading to a dead end. I eventually ended up running the whole way back, because of how steep it was going back.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Such a beautiful view when u get to the top.. Worth the hike!!!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Beautiful scenery. First part of the hike gives you a nice workout since it is mostly uphill, but it is worth it. Look forward to going back to do some backpacking/camping.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

when you get to the logging road turn right walk down about 100 yards the trail will be on the left. enjoy the hike

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

when you get to the logging road turn Right walk down about 100 yards on your left will be a trail continue from there. enjoy the hike

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It was a awesome hike today. But ounce you hit the logging road at 2.5 miles where does it connect to the rest of the trail anyone know?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

This was a beautiful trail! We decided to bike the trail with our 9 month old though, and that was a BAD Idea. First off the first 2 miles are very steep, there are fallen trees you have to get over and its very bumpy. I would't suggest going with a baby. Later, we hit the logging road and we didn't know where to go at first, in end very worth it but not easy at all, I thinking hiking is a better way of going about this trail.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Very fun hike. The first part was tough but worth every step.

Monday, May 12, 2014

So, the first mile and a half nearly killed me but that's what I get for choosing this steep of an incline for my first hike with a pack. Park in or near the moulton falls lot, follow that trail for a while to get to the trailhead. Also confusing past mile 2.5, wasn't sure which way to go once I hit the wider trail as there are no markings. Loved it though- breathtaking view and I'm sore today.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

After hiking around the East end of Multon Falls for an hour, my 9 y/o daughter and I decided to head up the Bells Mtn Trail for the first time. I've hikes/bikes the 2+ mile Moulton trial countless times, but never headed up BM. I had read the first mile was quite the climb, and it was, but not horrible. Being April 1st, there was water everywhere and all of the streams were running full. very cool to take in. We made it to the logging road, over a mile in and over 1570' elev then headed back. Great spring hike to see all the water!

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