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Juniper Ridge

South Cascades

Location

South Cascades -- Dark Divide
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Length

6.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 5611 ft.

Rating

3.93 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

Boasting views of massive Cascade volcanoes, constellations of wildflowers, and an embarrassment of huckleberries, the Juniper Ridge Trail offers an excellent opportunity for a backpacking trip, complete with views or shorter day hikes from the ridge.

From the trailhead on Forest Road 2904, climb for the first two miles through second- or third-growth evergreens, enjoying peek-a-boo 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 ending near Dark Meadow. Along your hike, you'll enjoy views from high open ridge tops, since much of the trail traverses 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, but carry all you'll need -- it's a dry hike!

 

Juniper Ridge

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.3965, -121.7653 Open map in new window

Trailhead

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

Juniper Ridge (#261)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Guidebook: Day Hiking South Cascades by Dan Nelson & Alan Bauer (Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails No. 333 McCoy Peak

Getting There

From Randle, travel south on Highway 131 (Forest Roads 23 and 25). After a mile, veer left onto Forest Road 23 and proceed for for 8.1 miles to the junction of Forest Road 28. Continue on 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.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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