West Mountain Jeep Trail

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This historic single-lane road winds along the crest of West Mountain for an impressive stretch of more than 20 miles. Traversing the ridge reveals breathtaking panoramic vistas of the valley below, with Cascade Reservoir gracing the backdrop. Additionally, you'll discover access points to numerous alternative routes along the journey.

This trail isn't tailored for those seeking an easy, smooth forest service road. Instead, it beckons to adventurers who relish the challenge of an authentic jeep trail that demands vehicle clearance, precise tire placement, and the occasional off-camber moment. The payoff, however, is an unforgettable memory of the awe-inspiring views along the mountain ridge.

Be prepared for the possibility of pinstriping, particularly in the narrow stretches alongside the treeline. You'll also encounter boulders, especially on the inclines, and there's an abundance of washouts to navigate. This is not a trail to do when it's wet or muddy, as it would be impassable in places. While designated campsites may be scarce, ample pull-off spots and spur routes are ideal for dispersed camping. Always bear in mind the essential principle of Leave No Trace.