FS 85

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In the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Ashford, WA, FS 85 starts as a well-traveled track through lush old-growth forest and travels 22.5 miles to over 4400 feet. This is a significant logging road, so please watch for any logging activity. The first part of the road is paved, but no maintenance has been done since an earthquake in 1995, so the road heaves and pitches in spots. The trail turns to gravel and is very well maintained. About nine miles in, the road becomes more primitive, with a few partial washouts that have been marginally repaired. A 4x4 vehicle is required. Once at the top, the road winds into a beautiful valley and intersects with FS-47. No significant camping areas are directly on this road, but many connecting roads undoubtedly lead to fantastic views, providing excellent camping opportunities. You can expect snow in the upper elevations past 3600 feet in the late fall and early summer, stretching well into July.