Hiking The Valley Trail
The 38th most popular hiking trail in Washington.
Wednesday 29 June 2016 04:24 GMT
Northeast of Woodland in the Blue Lake area, the Valley Trail (#270) is a 16.7 mile hiking 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.
Overall, Valley Trail is the 38th most popular hiking trail of all 56 hikes in Washington. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Valley Trail including Juniper Peak Trail, Monitor Ridge Trail, Goat Rocks Wilderness, Lewis River Trail, Blue Lake Ridge Trail and Siouxon TrailMarble Mountain.