Juniper Shoulder Trail

Randle, Washington 98377

Juniper Shoulder Trail

Juniper Shoulder Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A grand panorama spreads out in all directions for children to enjoy on top of this subalpine meadowy ridge. Woodland switchbacks along the way sometimes offer sounds of ruffed grouse, tracks of elk, and deer for children to listen for. Mountain goats and bear have been seen here. Hummingbirds, juncoes, and butterflies may buzz families as they continue wandering upward.

Most of the way the tread is wide, but it does narrow for 100 feet on a steep slope below the shoulder. Keep the kids in sight. A 4500-foot saddle makes a great turnaround point, with views of three giant gleaming volcanoes—Mounts Adams, Rainier, and what is left of crumbling St. Helens—and the odd-shaped core of an old volcano, Tongue Mountain. Children can feel they are masters of all they survey."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Late June to October
3,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,800 feet
Top Elevation
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 333 McCoy Peak; USGS McCoy Peak
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018