11 miles
Distance
3,453 ft
Climb
-4,012 ft
Descent
02:30:57
Avg time
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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
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #6154 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 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.

More Stats for Juniper Ridge #261 bike 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
    02:30:57
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
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      Juniper Ridge #261 Trail Reports

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      Sep 23, 2019 @ 9:24am
      Sep 23, 2019
      reporter Fantastic. Wet and tacky. Some muddy sections but not bad at all. The moto berms are ridiculous fun. The rut does need some knocking down, but...
      Jul 17, 2019 @ 9:37pm
      Jul 17, 2019
      Rode from North to South from Tongue TH intersection with the road. Typical tread. Mosquito swarming near just before breaking out on the ridge.
      Sep 19, 2018 @ 8:02pm
      Sep 19, 2018
      Rode NF29 to Dark Meddows to Juniper Ridge (South to North) and Tounge Mtn back to the car. The graph on my Android was backwards (or the start...
      Sep 2, 2018 @ 9:24pm
      Sep 2, 2018
      I rode the trail south to north and that’s the recommended way. The final two descents Juniper peak and Tongue mountain will make you forget the...
      Jul 20, 2017 @ 11:56am
      Jul 20, 2017
      This is definitely a mountain bike trail you need to try right now! If you often have trouble deciding whether or not to hike or to go mountain...
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