Valley Trail Horseback Riding
The 21st most popular equestrian trail in Washington.
Sunday 7 August 2016 04:24 GMT
Northeast of Woodland in the Blue Lake area, the Valley Trail (#270) 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 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 21st most popular horse trail of all 32 horseback rides in Washington. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Valley Trail including Goat Rocks Wilderness, Blue Lake Ridge Trail, Siouxon Trail, Buck Creek, Cold Springs Trail / Gotchen Creek Trail and Monte Carlo / Monte Cristo Loop Trail.