Blue Lake Ridge / Valley Trail Loop For Mountain Biking
The 10th most popular mountain bike trail in Washington.
Friday 5 August 2016 01:49 GMT
The Blue Lake Ridge Trail (#271 / 11.2 mi.) can be combined with the Valley Trail (#270) to form a nice loop. These trails are located in the Blue Lake Roadless Area.
The Valley Trail (#270) is a 16.7 mile route. 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.
The Blue Lake Ridge Trail is an 11.7 mile trail that leaves the trailhead on Road 23 and climbs steadily through dense conifer forests. The trail crosses several roads before coming to Blue Lake (at mile 3). The heavilyused trail proceeds along a rolling ridge, passing by Mouse Lake before descending to Trail #270. This trail has been reconstructed to ATV standards. A short section of the trail above Blue Lake is Hiker Only to minimize noise near the lake. Other users must use Jumpoff Trail #271A and Bishop Ridge Trail #272 to continue the loop. Blue Lake is at the headwaters of Blue Lake Creek.
Overall, Blue Lake Ridge / Valley Trail Loop is the 10th most popular mountain bike trail of all 59 mountain biking rides in Washington. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Blue Lake Ridge / Valley Trail Loop including Mount St. Helens National Monument, Bishop Ridge Trail, Boundary Trail, Klickitat Trail, Quartz Creek Trail, Buck Creek Trail, Buttes Loop Trail, .