Length: 6.5 miles RT
Elevation Change: 2000' Elevation gain
Season: Mid-Summer thru Fall
Permit: NW Forest Pass Not Required
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This hike begins on Forest Road #2904 at the trailhead
for both Tongue Mountain to the north, and Juniper Ridge
to the south.
To reach Juniper Peak, head south on Trail #261. This
trail, as all others in this area, is open to motorized
vehicles, so you will find the trail V shaped from the
bike tires. Please be understanding and courteous to
all bikers you encounter. This is the only area where
they are allowed to enjoy their form of recreation.
The trail spends the first half of the distance to
Juniper Peak working its way uphill through densely
forested areas. In season, this entire hike can be
a mosquito heaven.
About 2 miles into the hike and about 1500 feet higher,
you will begin to break out of the dense forest and
have spectacular views. It is the views that draw
a hiker to this ridge and peak. In season this hike
is a floral garden.
Hike to the far end of Juniper Peak itself before
ascending, if only to enjoy the spectacular views
in all directions. Once on top, you can choose any
safe path back down to the trail and then return the
route you came.
Mount Saint Helens peeking over a ridge as seen
from the base of Juniper Peak