10.5 miles
Distance
3,453 ft
Climb
-4,012 ft
Descent
03:09:37
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Juniper Ridge #261 Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Juniper Ridge #261 Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Dark Divide
    Randle, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #47776 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #32250 in E-Biking
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

This trail is open to motorcycles, hikers, horses and bicycles.

The trail is above the popular Lewis River trail and as such, climbs out of the trees and into alpine meadows for most of its length. The trail falls squarely between Mount Saint Helens and Mount Adams. With Mount Rainier just to the north, it is the perfect trifecta. This is true backcountry riding in an area that sees very few people. Be prepared

From the trailhead on Forest Road 2904, the trail climbs the first 2 miles through small conifers with views between trees. The trail follows the ridgeline for 4.5 miles to the base of Sunrise Peak, then drops down to a meadow and pond, before climbing back to the ridge. The trail skirts Juniper Peak, Sunrise Peak and Jumbo Peak. The trail ends near Dark Meadows at Boundary Trail #1. Forest Road 2324 and the Sunrise Trail #262 are good ways to get to the high open ridge tops. Much of the trail along the open ridge top takes you through an area that burned in 1902 and again in 1918, resulting in the beautiful meadows along the ridge today. This trail was once used by sheepherders as a "stock driveway" from 1900 to the 1930s. Look for an old watering trough north of Jumbo Peak.

Pack it out. Please Leave No Trace.

Access Info

From Randle, Washington travel south on State Highway 131 (Forest Roads 23 and 25). Veer left in 1 mile at the Y of Forest Road 23 and Forest Road 25. Continue to follow Forest Service Road 23 for 8.1 miles to the junction of Forest Road 28. Follow Forest Road 28 for 1 mile and turn left on Forest Road 29. Follow Forest Road 29 for 4.1 miles and turn left on Forest Road 2904. Follow Forest Road 2904 for 4.2 miles and arrive at the trail on the right at Lambert Saddle.
Tongue Mountain Trail #294 is also accessed at this point across the road from Juniper Ridge Trailhead.

Disclaimer

This trail is maintained by the US Forest Service. Check with the USFS/Gifford Pinchot National Forest for the latest trail status.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Juniper Ridge #261 mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -560 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,704 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,496 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,264 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,704 ft
  • Grade
    -1.009%
  • Grade max
    -97.15%
  • Grade min
    50.811%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    521 ft
  • Avg time
    03:09:37
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on Aug 2, 2021
Very Dry
Avg: 4.3 (14 votes)

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  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Juniper Ridge #261 Trail Reports

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      Aug 2, 2021 @ 7:23am
      Aug 2, 2021
      We did CCW loop up NF2324>Sunrise>Juniper>Dark Meadow on Aug 1. Sunrise hike a bike was horrible with black flies. Juniper very loose and...
      Jul 11, 2021 @ 12:16pm
      Jul 11, 2021
      All dry and clear. Dusty in many places
      Jul 4, 2021 @ 11:18am
      Jul 4, 2021
      Clear from sunrise south to dark meadow as well. Dry and sandy.
      Jul 1, 2021 @ 3:10pm
      Jul 1, 2021
      clear of snow and trees up to juniper peak and beyond from the north end
      Jun 19, 2021 @ 10:44pm
      Jun 19, 2021
      Snow above 4800-5000 ft. We did an out and back and stopped once we hit snow, from the north side. Trail is ripping otherwise.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      6 Months
      • 3 rides
      • 38 miles avg distance
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      • 14 rides
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      Oct 13, 2021 @ 3:38pm
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      132 |
      Aug 18, 2020 @ 8:57pm
      Aug 18, 2020

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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      VTrips (Jul 7, 2020 at 8:53)
       Juniper ridge from sunrise peak to Dark meadow is clear with no snow or trees. Dark Meadow has some debris all along the bottom half, but all rideable.
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      youtuber Legendary Descent in Washington - Juniper Ridge
      9:22 | 1893 | Jul 10, 2019 , Randle
      Juniper Ridge #261 from NF 2904
      9:59 | 196 | Jul 24, 2020 , Randle
      youtuber VOTR Juniper Ridge
      8:15 | 561 | Aug 10, 2019 , Randle
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