American Ridge Trail

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington

Distance26.2mi
Elevation Gain17,352ft
Trailhead Elevation2,804ft
Top6,864ft
Elevation Min/Max2804/6864ft
Elevation Start/End2804/2804ft

American Ridge Trail

American Ridge Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Yakima County, Washington. It is within Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and William O. Douglas Wilderness Area. It is 26.2 miles long and begins at 2,804 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 49.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 17,352 feet. Goat Peak (elevation 6,375 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Swamp Lake Trail, Cougar Lakes Trail, Goat Creek Trail and Pleasant Valley Lake.

American Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Named for the American River in California that prompted a gold rush and made millionaires overnight, Washington’s American River never provided a mother lode, but its lofty ridge is rich in wildlife and sought by those who value solitude. This is a tough hike through the heart of lonely, cloud-catching country to deep hidden basins, steep craggy knobs, sunny windswept meadows, and dark forested nooks, where just a few hikers have ever laid bootprint."

"From an internal start, hike the eastern end of American Ridge from its junction with Goat Creek Trail, over Goat Peak and down to the American Ridge Trailhead on Forest Road 1800. This is a great early-season hike, when the trails along the Cascade crest are still snow-covered."

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Trail Information

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Nearby City
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Parks
Green Trails Bumping Lake No. 271
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Aug 2018