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.
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."
--Craig Romano, Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multi-Day Routes (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Fred Barstad, Hiking Washington's William O. Douglas Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
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