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High Lakes and Blue Lake Trail System

Friday, April 23, 2021

Other Names

Gifford Pinchot OHV Area, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, Blue Lake, Bishop Mountain, Juniper Ridge, Burley Mountain, Jumbo Peak, Sunrise Peak, Chain of Lakes Campground, Horsehoe Lake Campground, Table Mountain, Badger Peak, Craggy Peak, Adams Fork Campground, Dark Divide, Cispus River Valley, Tongue Mountain.

Last Known StatusClosed For Season

This large trail system primarily consists hundreds of miles of designated single track motorcycle trails and while it is mainly geared for the experienced rider there are some spots that have some beginner friendly trails that are wide enough for ATVs.

There are numerous campgrounds with direct trail access but the North Fork Campground provides access to the beginner friendly Valley Trail, a 16.7 mile long hard packed single track motorcycle trail that follows Forest Service Road 23 and heads south, eventually tying into Cat Creek Campground, which has a small trail loop.

Overall, this place is best explored on dirt bikes. The trail that is open to ATVs begins at the Blue Lake ORV Trailhead and ends at Forest Road 78.

To get the most of this area plan on staying at least a few days and print out the 2019 Gifford Pinchot National Forest MVUM.

Trail Map... Nearby ATV Trails...


Permit RequiredYesWA ORV Tab
Dates OpenApril through November
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (105 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate and narrow terrain
designated ATV trails limited to 50" or less in width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedstreet legal motorcycles permitted on Forest Service Roads
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome Areas(maximum width 50 inches)
permitted at Blue Lake ORV Trailhead and ends at Forest Road 78
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSSome AreasNot Recommended
(maximum width 50 inches)
permitted at Blue Lake ORV Trailhead and ends at Forest Road 78
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYes
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
Rule Enforcement
CommentATVs are not allowed to ride from the North Fork Campground to the Valley Trail, only street legal motorcycles are. ATVs are generally not permitted on Forest Service Roads in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Most trails are very rugged and narrow.


Approx Size64,000 acres (100 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail200
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1400 to 5000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
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 many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has many water crossings.Many
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis national forest has some roads.Some
ShadeThis national 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


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NW)Chevron (360) 497-3256
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NW)Chevron (360) 497-3256
Potable Water WaterOn SiteNorth Fork, Blue Lake Creek, Adams Fork Campground have water
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NW)U-Fish RV Park (360) 497-7680 or (888) 830-7089
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NW)U-Fish RV Park (360) 497-7680 or (888) 830-7089
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NW)Chevron (360) 497-3256


Tent: $20.00
RV: $20.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $8.00
North Fork Campground Fee
CommentBlue Lake Campground Fee - $16/night, $8/extra vehicle. Adams Fork Campground Fee - $20/night, $8/extra vehicle. Cat Creek Campground - Free.


Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay3-5 Days
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Nearest CityRandle, WA
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Olympia, WA
For North Fork Campground:
1) Take I-5 South to Exit 68
2) Turn left (east) off the exit ramp onto US-12, continue about 48 miles
3) Turn right (south) onto WA-131, continue 1 mile
4) Turn left (east) onto Woods Way, continue .25 miles
5) Veer left onto Cispus Road, continue about 11 miles (road name will change to NF-23)
6) Campground entrance is on the left (north).

For Blue Lake Creek Campground:
7) Continue past the entrance for North Fork Campground on NF-23 about 4.5 miles
8) Campground entrance is on the left (east).

For Adams Fork Campground:
9) Continue south past Blue Lake Creek Campground on NF-23 about 2.5 miles
10) Continue straight onto NF-21, continue 4.6 miles
11) Campground entrance is on the right (south).

For Cat Creek Campground:
12) Continue east on NF-121 past Blue Lake Creek Campground 1.5 miles
13) Campground entrance is on the right.


Contact InfoGifford Pinchot National Forest - Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
10024 US Hwy 12
Randle, WA 98377
(360) 497-1100


High Lakes and Blue Lake Trail Photo

High Lakes and Blue Lake Trail System

Photo Submitted 8/25/2015 (Thanks!)

High Lakes and Blue Lake Trail Photo

High Lakes and Blue Lake Trail System

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High Lakes and Blue Lake Trail Photo

High Lakes and Blue Lake Trail System

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High Lakes and Blue Lake Trail Photo

High Lakes and Blue Lake Trail System

Photo Submitted 9/1/2015 (Thanks!)

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