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Ahtanum State Forest

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Ahtanum Sate Forest, Ahtanum Meadows, Red Saddle, Middle Fork Ahtanum Creek, Tree Phones, Clover Flats, Eagle Nest Vista, Grey Rock Trail, Cougar Flats, Mcclaine Canyon, Dead Horse Flats, Death Hole, Foundation Ridge, Ewe Neck

Last Known StatusOpen

Ahtanum State Forest offers over 70+ miles of old logging roads to explore. Most of the trails are geared toward four wheelers and jeeps but there is some single track that begins near the Tree Phones Campground that heads north. The terrain mainly consists of hard packed dirt roads covered with loose chunk rock, steep climbs and descents plus some off camber turns.

The forest features several campgrounds that provide direct trail access. Tree Phones Campground offers access to the center part of the trail system while Ahtanum Meadows is located at the east end and Clover Flats the west end. Each campground offers graveled sites that come with a picnic table and fire ring, and most are surrounded by mature pine, fir and spruce trees. There is no drinking water but there is a hand pump water spigot at Tree Phones Campground.

A Discover Pass is required to camp and ride which must be obtained prior to entry. The campgrounds are seasonal and close during the winter months and reopen around April. Exact dates vary so check with the ranger station before heading out.

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Permit RequiredYesWA ORV Tab and Washington Discover Pass**
Dates OpenOpen daily except during spring thaw.
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibitedgas stoves permitted
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on designated trails
Rule Enforcement
Comment**A Discover Pass is not required on any vehicle with a current ORV permit/tab but is required for the street-legal vehicle that is used to transport the ORV. If using a trailer an additional pass is not required.


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityYakima, WA
AddressAhtanum Road North Fork, Yakima, WA 98903
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From: Yakima, WA
1) Take Ahtanum Road west about 17 miles
2) Ahtanum Meadows Campground is on the left (south).

For Tree Phones Campground:
3) Continue west past Ahtanum Meadows Campground another 7 miles
4) Campground entrance is on the left (south).

For Clover Flats Campground:
5) Continue west past Tree Phones Campground 3.5 miles
6) Campground entrance is on the left (east).


Contact InfoWashington DNR - Southeast Region Office
713 Bowers Road
Ellensburg, WA 98926-9301
(509) 925-8510
Contact InfoWashington State Department of Licensing
(360) 902-3770
CommentWashington ORV Tab Info
Contact InfoWashington Discover Pass
(866) 320-9933


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Ahtanum State Forest Trail

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Ahtanum State Forest Trail

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Approx Size75,000 acres (117 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail70
Climate TypeForest
Elevation4500 to 5500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis state forest has some roads.Some
ShadeThis state forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SE)Texaco White Swan (509) 874-2303
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SE)Texaco White Swan (509) 874-2303
Potable Water WaterOn SiteTree Phones Campground (509) 925-8510
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (E)Yakima Sportsman State Park (509) 575-2774
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (E)Yakima Sportsman State Park (509) 575-2774
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteAhtanum Campground can accommodate trailers up to 32 feet, Tree Phones up to 35 feet and Clover Flats up to 28 feet.
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)Texaco White Swan (509) 874-2303
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