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High Lakes and Blue Lake Trail System

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Alt 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 StatusOpen

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.

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Nearest CityRandle, WA
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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.


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended Stay3-5 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)


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 few sand or gravel pits.Fewlocated at Cat Creek Campground
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


Permit RequiredYesWA ORV Tab
Dates OpenApril through November
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (105 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome Areas(maximum width 50 inches)
Permitted on Blue Lake, Valley, Middle and Service Trails.
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSSome AreasNot Recommended
(maximum width 50 inches)
most trails are very narrow and rugged
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYes
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedstay 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.


Tent: $18.00
RV: $18.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $9.00
North Fork Campground Fee
CommentBlue Lake Campground Fee - $12/night, $8/extra vehicle. Adams Fork Campground Fee - $16/night, $8/extra vehicle. Cat Creek Campground - Free.


First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (NW)Morton General Hospital (360) 496-5112
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
Swimming Swim AreaOn Site
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (W)Taidnapam Park Boat Ramp (888) 226-7688


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


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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

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High Lakes and Blue Lake Trail Photo

High Lakes and Blue Lake Trail System

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