Dark Meadow via Jumbo Peak Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"If you like ridge walks through acres of wildflowers, past scenic rock formations, and to great viewpoints, then this is the trail for you. The Juniper Ridge Trail traces the entire length of its 13-mile-long, north-south-oriented namesake ridge, and hiking the entire distance is one of the finest ridge walks in our region. Since the full trail is more than most people want to tackle in a weekend, you might prefer this shorter version that hits most of the best sections, including the most interesting rock outcroppings and some of the best viewpoints. Although various species of wildflowers are abundant throughout, the real star of the show is beargrass, which in early to mid-July of favorable years puts on an amazing show of millions of tall stalks with clusters of tiny white blossoms. The entire length of this trail is open to motorcycles. These infernal machines are not only noisy and annoying, they leave behind very badly eroded trails. Until this area is protected from the accursed machines, as wilderness or by some other designation, the abuses of these two-wheeled terrors will continue. One way to avoid these menaces is to hike early in the season before the trail maintenance has been completed. A few downed logs will usually keep out the motorcycles, while hikers can just crawl over the obstacles."