Located in Washington, the horseback riding in Gifford Pinchot offers more than a half-dozen beautiful horseback trails. The best Gifford Pinchot horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be Blue Lake Ridge Trail, Goat Rocks Wilderness, Valley Trail, Cold Springs Trail / Gotchen Creek Trail, and Siouxon Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Gifford Pinchot horseback riding trail below.
Southeast of Seattle and Mt Rainier near Packwood, the Goat Rocks Wilderness is a 105,600 acre wonderland. The Goat Rocks Wilderness is a portion of the volcanic Cascade Mountain Range in southwestern Washington between Mount Rainier and Mount Adams. The Goat Rocks are remnants of a large volcano, extinct for some two million years. This ancient volcano once towered over the landscape at more than 12,000 feet in elevation, but has since eroded into several peaks averaging around 8,000 feet. The cluster of rocks and peaks have become known as Goat Rocks because of the bands of mountain goats that live here.
Northeast of Woodland in the Blue Lake area, the Valley Trail is a 16.7 mile horseback riding 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 also open to hikers, mountain bikes and motorcycles. This 7.5-mile section follows the Cispus River through stands of mixed conifers and hardwoods.