Northeast of Woodland in the Blue Lake area, the Valley Trail is an easy 21 mile route. It is the earliest trail to be open as the snow melts. Built to an “easiest” standard and suitable for ATV's from Blue Lake campground to the “old chimney” camping area. The rest of the trail is only wide enough for trailbikes. The trail is easy to ride. Several great viewpoints and small waterfalls. The trail parallels the road and is generally in the deep forest with large trees. The trail is also popular with mountain bike riders. Due to the easy level of riding, higher speeds are possible but not recommended. The trail should not be ridden fast because of children on quads and minis, mountain bike riders and just a lot of riders in general are on the trail, including horses.
This trail begins at Road 28 near the Cispus River bridge and ends at Road 78 beyond Cat Creek Campground. From Road 28 to the Blue Lake ORV Trailhead the trail is open to hikers, horses, mountain bikes and motorcycles. This 7.5-mile section follows the Cispus River through stands of mixed conifers and hardwoods.
The trail crosses the North Fork River on the Road 23 bridge. Watch for vehicle traffic. The trail continues past the junction of Bishop Ridge Trail #272 and Trail #270A until it meets Blue Lake Ridge Trail #271 above the Blue Lake Trailhead on Road 23.
The section of Trail #270 south of Blue Lake Trailhead to Road 78 is open to ATVs as well as hikers, horses, mountain bikes and motorcycles. The trail is a gentle grade, with views of the Cispus River Valley and Tongue Mountain. It offers a loop opportunity for ATVs by using Trail #271 and Trail #271A. The Valley Trail continues past the junction with Trail #271 near the Blue Lake Trailhead to Road 78. The Campground Trail #270A begins in the Blue Lake Creek Campground on Road 23 and ties in with the Valley Trail #270.
Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding is prohibited on all Forest Service Roads.