Roads 6526, 6522, and 6527 Johnson Ridge

Skykomish, Washington

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Why would anyone choose an abandoned road with modest views instead of the “real” Johnson Ridge trail, with in-season flower fields and at all seasons exciting views of the Monte Cristo Peaks, Glacier Peak, and a view into the Eagle Rock roadless and trails area? The best reason for walking these abandoned roads is solitude, virtually guaranteed. Or maybe just because it’s there. Furthermore, the nearby Johnson Ridge trail is open to motorcycles. While 4.5 miles one way is a days’ recreation for a hiker, it represents only a half-hour ride to a motorcyclist, and isn’t worth the effort of driving to the trailhead. However, if you were unlucky enough to arrive at the Johnson Ridge trailhead on a day when motorcycles were present, one of these abandoned roads might look very attractive.
Roads to Trails Northwest Washington

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Roads to Trails Northwest Washington

by Washington Trails Association (The Mountaineers Books)

Why would anyone choose an abandoned road with modest views instead of the “real” Johnson Ridge trail, with in-season flower fields and at all seasons exciting views of the Monte Cristo Peaks, Glacier Peak, and a view into the Eagle Rock roadless and trails area?

The best reason for walking these abandoned roads is solitude, virtually guaranteed. Or maybe just because it’s there. Furthermore, the nearby Johnson Ridge trail is open to motorcycles. While 4.5 miles one way is a days’ recreation for a hiker, it represents only a half-hour ride to a motorcyclist, and isn’t worth the effort of driving to the trailhead. However, if you were unlucky enough to arrive at the Johnson Ridge trailhead on a day when motorcycles were present, one of these abandoned roads might look very attractive.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Skykomish
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Depends on which option is chosen
Season: Best spring to fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,620 feet
Top Elevation: 4,830 feet
Local Contacts: Skykomish Ranger District, Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails #143 Monte Cristo; Skykomish Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Roads 6526, 6522, and 6527: Johnson Ridge

Recent Trail Reviews

8/30/2007
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Lovely trail - Johnson Ridge. We'd gone to hike lake heather, but the road was closed. Ranger gave us this gem. Steady uphill climb on ridge, but easy footing - soft forest floor, not rocky or rooty. The "top" of the ridge (at about 3 miles) had small but terrific views past a new forest. Lots of blueberries to graze on. Some bugs to bother you. Very satisfactory hike.



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