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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
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 Status||Open|
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 15 mile long hard packed ATV trail that follows Forest Service Road 23 and heads south, eventually tying into Cat Creek Campground, which has a small trail loop and play pit.
Overall, this place is best explored on dirt bikes. To get the most of this area plan on staying at least a few days.
|Nearest City||Randle, WA|
|From: Olympia, WA
For North Fork Campground:
1) Take I-5 south to exit 68
2) Turn left (east) 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.
|Our Rating||Very Good |
|Recommended Stay||3-5 Days|
|Comments||(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)|
|Approx Size||64,000 acres (100 sq mi)|
|Miles Of Trail||200|
|Elevation||1400 to 5000 ft.|
|Trail Maintenance||Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained|
|Sand/Gravel Pits||Few||located at Cat Creek Campground|
|Hazards||Few||(hazards assumed marked but use caution)|
|Permit Required||Yes||WA ORV Tab|
|Dates Open||April through November|
|Spark Arrestor||Yes||A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.|
|Noise Limit||Yes (105 dB)|
|Whip Flags||Not Required|
|Maximum Vehicle Width||Yes (50 inches)|
|ATVs||Some Areas||(maximum width 50 inches)|
Permitted on Blue Lake, Valley, Middle and Service Trails.
|UTVs / SXS||Some Areas||Not Recommended|
(maximum width 50 inches)
most trails are very narrow and rugged
|4x4s / Jeeps (registered)||Prohibited|
|Dune Buggy/Sand Rail|
|Two Strokes /|
2 Cycle Engines
|Camping||Some Areas||(camp in developed sites only)|
|Campfires||Some Areas||(permitted in developed campsites only)|
|Night Riding||Unknown||Not Recommended|
|Cross Country||Prohibited||vehicles must stay on trail|
|Emergency / Law Enforcement|
|Insurance||*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.|
Addtl. Vehicle: $9.00
North Fork Campground Fee
|Comment||Blue Lake Campground Fee - $12/night, $8/extra vehicle. Adams Fork Campground Fee - $16/night, $8/extra vehicle. Cat Creek Campground - Free.|
|First Aid||30+ Miles (NW)||Morton General Hospital (360) 496-5112|
|Gasoline||5-20 Miles (NW)||Chevron (360) 497-3256|
|Diesel||5-20 Miles (NW)||Chevron (360) 497-3256|
|Water||On Site||North Fork, Blue Lake Creek, Adams Fork Campground have water|
|RV Hookup||5-20 Miles (NW)||U-Fish RV Park (360) 497-7680 or (888) 830-7089|
|RV Disposal||5-20 Miles (NW)||U-Fish RV Park (360) 497-7680 or (888) 830-7089|
|Conv Store||5-20 Miles (NW)||Chevron (360) 497-3256|
|Swim Area||On Site|
|Water Body||On Site|
|Boat Ramp||30+ Miles (W)||Taidnapam Park Boat Ramp (888) 226-7688|
|Contact Info||Gifford Pinchot National Forest - Cowlitz Valley Ranger District|
10024 US Hwy 12
Randle, WA 98377