Juniper Shoulder Trail

Randle, Washington

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A grand panorama spreads out in all directions for children to enjoy on top of this subalpine meadowy ridge. Woodland switchbacks along the way sometimes offer sounds of ruffed grouse, tracks of elk, and deer for children to listen for. Mountain goats and bear have been seen here. Hummingbirds, juncoes, and butterflies may buzz families as they continue wandering upward. Most of the way the tread is wide, but it does narrow for 100 feet on a steep slope below the shoulder. Keep the kids in sight. A 4500-foot saddle makes a great turnaround point, with views of three giant gleaming volcanoes—Mounts Adams, Rainier, and what is left of crumbling St. Helens—and the odd-shaped core of an old volcano, Tongue Mountain. Children can feel they are masters of all they survey.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

A grand panorama spreads out in all directions for children to enjoy on top of this subalpine meadowy ridge. Woodland switchbacks along the way sometimes offer sounds of ruffed grouse, tracks of elk, and deer for children to listen for. Mountain goats and bear have been seen here. Hummingbirds, juncoes, and butterflies may buzz families as they continue wandering upward.

Most of the way the tread is wide, but it does narrow for 100 feet on a steep slope below the shoulder. Keep the kids in sight. A 4500-foot saddle makes a great turnaround point, with views of three giant gleaming volcanoes—Mounts Adams, Rainier, and what is left of crumbling St. Helens—and the odd-shaped core of an old volcano, Tongue Mountain. Children can feel they are masters of all they survey.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Randle
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Late June to October
Trailhead Elevation: 3,600 feet
Top Elevation: 4,800 feet
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 333 McCoy Peak; USGS McCoy Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Juniper Shoulder Trail

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Apr 2018