Juniper Ridge

Randle, Washington

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Ridgetop meadows stretching for miles await you here, though you’ll work hard to reap those rewards. The trail climbs steeply from the low valley bottom to the high ridgeline, but once aloft on those airy plains, you’ll stroll through endless fields of flowers, basking in the glorious views of the South Cascades peaks, from the mammoth volcanoes—Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, and even Oregon’s Mount Hood—to the modest little knobs and knolls that make up the heart of the range—Juniper Peak, Jumbo Peak, Sunrise, and Dark Mountain, among others. The Juniper Ridge Trail climbs south from the trailhead, passing through an old clearcut before ascending through long, looping switchbacks up the snout of the ridge. For more than 2 miles the trail climbs, fortunately offering frequent photogenic views out over the forest and mountains to the north. The path rolls in a long, straight ascent from here, following the ridgeline up and over knobs and knolls, through long, unbroken fields of flowers, to reach the rocky top of Juniper Peak at about 3.5 miles.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Ridgetop meadows stretching for miles await you here, though you’ll work hard to reap those rewards. The trail climbs steeply from the low valley bottom to the high ridgeline, but once aloft on those airy plains, you’ll stroll through endless fields of flowers, basking in the glorious views of the South Cascades peaks, from the mammoth volcanoes—Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, and even Oregon’s Mount Hood—to the modest little knobs and knolls that make up the heart of the range—Juniper Peak, Jumbo Peak, Sunrise, and Dark Mountain, among others.

The Juniper Ridge Trail climbs south from the trailhead, passing through an old clearcut before ascending through long, looping switchbacks up the snout of the ridge. For more than 2 miles the trail climbs, fortunately offering frequent photogenic views out over the forest and mountains to the north. The path rolls in a long, straight ascent from here, following the ridgeline up and over knobs and knolls, through long, unbroken fields of flowers, to reach the rocky top of Juniper Peak at about 3.5 miles.

© 2010 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Randle
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: July through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails McCoy Peak No. 333
Driving Directions: Directions to Juniper Ridge

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