Juniper Ridge Trail

Cora, Washington

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Ridge-top meadows stretching for miles await you here, though you’ll work 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, Dark Mountain, etc. The Juniper ridge Trail climbs south from the trailhead, passing through an old clear-cut before ascending through long, looping switchbacks up the snout of the ridge. For more than 2 miles, the trail climbs, offering frequent photogenic views out over the forest and mountains to the north.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Ridge-top meadows stretching for miles await you here, though you’ll work 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, Dark Mountain, etc.

The Juniper ridge Trail climbs south from the trailhead, passing through an old clear-cut before ascending through long, looping switchbacks up the snout of the ridge. For more than 2 miles, the trail climbs, offering frequent photogenic views out over the forest and mountains to the north.

© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cora
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: July-October
Trailhead Elevation: 3,650 feet
Top Elevation: 5,611 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USFS Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 333 McCoy Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Juniper Ridge Trail

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