Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near Buckley with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
1 month ago

This trail is one of 4 trails authorized for Motorcycle use in the Mt Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest.

Unfortunately, some trail vandals have altered the signage to make it look like motorcycles are not allowed. A shameful and ILLEGAL act. This trail was long ridden and maintained LONG before people even thought about a sport called Mountain Bike riding.

This is a very good trail for moto families, kids and wives. The trail is challenging without being too difficult or dangerous. There is one short stretch of exposure, but at a slow pace is not much of a risk.

The endpoint at the top has an incredible view of not just Mt Rainier, but the Stewart range and Kelly's Butte (a very good foot hike).

I'll be promoting this trail in YouTube video to encourage as many motorcyclists as possible to frequent this LEGAL riding area.

mountain biking
1 month ago

By far one of my favorites descents in the area, nothing to technical just straight down the ridge, but a ton of exposure. Off camber trail for the majority of the descent, buttery smooth and knife blade thin, no room for error whatsoever, barely any roots or rocks, but it’s as fast as you can handle. Literally will burn a whole pair of brake pads on this descent. Moment you point down your pinned out to the bottom with barely any pedaling, I would not recommend riding this if your not comfortable at high speeds and don’t have surgical steering precision. One slight error could really f**k you on this one! Epic Adrenaline pumping descent for those willing!

If you want something challenging, don't do this one. Mostly flat and easy. More like a walk in the woods than a hike. Unless you take the side trail up to the falls. Which, in late summer is more of a dribble than a waterfall. Still really cool and worth the trip up. The rock wall is covered in moss and really cool.

We went midday and it wasn't crowded at all. Only saw one other couple on the trail going. Three small groups of mountain bikers passed by.

Overall, a really good one to do if you just want to get some wiggles out. Flat and easy enough for kids if you don't go up to the falls (seriously... it's steep!). It was a warm day, but being by the river and mostly shaded, it was perfect!

We hiked this trail because we got up to Tolmie Peak and the thick fog prevented any sort of view and we wanted to experience more of what the area had to offer. We backtracked from Tolmie Peak to the fork that leads to the falls and made our way down. Narrow switchbacks from the fork (trail is not well maintained here and your legs will get scratched if you're wearing shorts) and after that just the standard trail in the woods with no scenery. We had no information on this trail and based our decision off of the fact that if the campsite is named after waterfalls, it must be pretty substantial. The falls were a sad little thing and was covered with debris and downed trees. Was definitely not worth the extra 8 miles round trip from the fork. "Under appreciated" for a reason!

2 months ago

Hiked to Mystic lake via Carbon glacier via Moraine park from the Carbon river trail head.
This hike is about 31 miles. Only about 5k ft of elevation climbing, but mostly on the 2nd half of the outward hike.

Some amazing views, even with all the clouds. You get to see a lot of marmots on the meadows, tiny toads no bigger than your thumb nail, frogs, bats, birds. A lot of different types of wildlife.

Crossing the Carbon river on the log bridge, with the fast moving water flowing beneath you is amazing I feel. Crossing it coming back in the pitch black darkness just with a head light, I felt slightly different, I was sure to keep a steady footing.

A very long day for me, I'm not the fastest hiker but I can go for a long time.

What a day. The best.

trail washout, adds about 1.5 mile detor

Had a great time! Didn't know there were so many things to do... will be heading back!

We walked about 5 miles to Isput Campground and had lunch. (A lot of camp sites with picnic tables and clean restroom) We set out from Isput hoping to see the suspension bridge (map says about 1.7 miles), but after a few miles found there was a detour, due to the trail being washed out. We hadn't planned for detour (passerby estimated probably an additional hour to bridge from where we were), so we decided to head back to ensure a daylight return. Still a very pretty hike and beautiful scenery.

4 months ago

Lots of families on this Fathers Day. Very flat as indicated & exposed somewhat. Go early to avoid the burning rays. The falls do have a trail but we only attempted did not go all the way as we had a Sr doggy with us & didn’t’ feel safe. We drove down 410 on the way out & took a look at the actual falls from a distance

4 months ago

A good hike. Pretty busy on the trail. The bridge is in, so the trail is open the whole way.

on Suntop Trail

4 months ago

Long hike and a great workout. However you don’t really see much as you are hiking through the woods the whole time. Next time I would just drive up for the view and do a different hike.

5 months ago

Pretty flat trail for the most part. Trail features 2 waterfalls which is nice, walk along some rushing water during some of the hike. Wish you could get closer to the falls, we tried but could only see from a little bit of a distance. Would do this hike again.

5 months ago

You can drive up towards the peak and have a shorter hike or start at the bottom. The trailhead from the bottom is near some camp sights across from the air strip, off the gravel road.

Its marked 8.3 miles at the trailhead to the top, so around 16.5 total. Lots of elevation gain on a very well kept trail. Only saw a couple of mountain bikers on the way down. Partly cloudy day but good visibility at the top. Will do again someday.

5 months ago

We just moved to Washington, and our home goods are still being shipped here so we chose an easier trail that didn’t require much beyond our tennis shoes and workout clothes. We got there at around 9:30, and it was very quiet.
There was an increase in hikers when we were almost back to the parking lot, and there was very little parking there at about 11:30.
I would definitely recommend this to someone who wants to get out and do a hike that won’t take up your whole day.
The falls were gorgeous, but I wouldn’t recommend the last scramble to families with little ones or anyone who can’t do a steep climb on rocks.
However, the whole trail until then was so beautiful and I loved the river views and clear forest streams.
Don’t let rain or an early rise stop you from getting out!

Parked and walked to the Islup campground. The signs say 4 miles but more like 5 miles. Very flat and easy. once past the campground, the trail was great and nice views. About 2.5 miles in, the trail was washed out. we did quite a bit of scrambling but after a quarter of a mile, decided it wasn't getting any better. It appears that the trail was completely destroyed by a lot of different slides. I was bummed. I had done this hike 25 years ago and I remember it being fantastic. Hope that the trail can be repaired some day.

Loved it. Worth the effort to climb the rock scramble to see the waterfall.

7 months ago

parked at the Buck Creek trail head. NW Forest Pass required. Trailhead clearly marked however it leads to you Ranger Creek Airstrip and then there's no direction. Turn right and walk down the road until you see a sign that says trail for hiking and biking. Snow and ice still on trail. we used microspikes no problem. Trail has recently been cleared of downed trees. if you don't want to climb (where the sign says falls) just go over the bridge and you can get a great view. next time I would take two cars and leave one at each end. beautiful trail.

8 months ago

Very icy. Very very icy. We ran into hikers on there way down and they informed us it was icy all the way up. We kept moving forward but we came to a point where it was just constant ice, we weren’t getting much traction and we weren’t getting very far... so we sadly turned back. We’ll try again in a couple of weeks. It has great potential but the ice was out of control.

This was an amazing hike ! Had a little bit of everything you would want to see ... views of the river were so peaceful and the true reward was the falls

9 months ago

This is a perfect trail to get out on with family as it is an easier hike if you don't do the rock scramble! We went in January and there was a light dusting of snow and the falls were still flowing and looked quite magical. Lots of downed trees but trail is well maintained and most have been cleared from the trail. There are several small bridges to cross as well, the view of falls is through the low brush but you can rock scramble closer for better views. Trail head parking was clear but in the past few weeks it had been icy so be prepared with your vehicles in Winter.

this hike was kind of flat in some area. The falls were gorgeous to climb to.

9 months ago

The trail is in great shape, and it's not that steep. It is also accessible during the winter. The doggie and I thoroughly enjoyed the hike.

11 months ago

Beautiful today on the trail. Only saw a few others. Great parking with bathroom. Trail in great shape and only a couple muddy places.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Great day for the trail. there ares a couple missing signs but just stay right when the trail split at about the 3 mile mark. The falls where going strong. Only a couple of other people out on the trail.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

We didn't make it to the Falls. The trails were poorly marked. A few spray painted arrows on the ground. We stayed to the left with the many trails along the way, crossed a small bridge, which then brought us to the river. It was a spectacular view with a small beach.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Beautiful hike. Pass is required. Pretty easy hike. Except the last bit of it is 300 ft straight up. Pretty difficult actually. Nice view. The falls on were really tall and a bit more than a trickle. It's been so dry out. The hike was along a river with lots of trees. Watch out for mountain bikers.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Nice hike! Although there isn't a a lot of elevation gain until the falls, there is still beautiful scenery all around to enjoy. The scramble to the falls at the end was a challenge, but exciting for us and our 11 and 13-year old sons. Trailhead is across the street.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

loved it!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Beautiful hike.

Monday, June 12, 2017

fun hike and great for kids! the last part up to the falls is very steep and may be difficult for kids under 7 yrs old. very well worth it though.

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