NF 7720

4.3/5 (34 reviews)
Wilkeson, Washington (Pierce County)
Last Updated: 07/15/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

NF-7720 is a 15.39-mile journey to "Cedar Lake" overlook and can be accomplished by most stock vehicles. The road winds you through a network of smaller forest service roads, many of them unnamed that travel out to various lookouts of Mt. Rainier to the east and the Tacoma Valley and Puget Sound to the west. You will travel through old-growth forests crossing two beautiful creek bridges. The last mile or so is a climb up some loose rock and ends with a lookout upon "Cedar Lake". It is about a quarter-mile hike down to the lake but there is not really any trail taking you there. If you to trailblaze your way down to the lake you can expect some serious fishing for Rainbow & Brook trout. Though they are small, this lake does not get much pressure so the fish are pretty hungry. Almost one fish per cast. This trip would make for an excellent weekend outing or day-long​ exploration for the kids and family.

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Trail Reviews

4.3/5 (34 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 10/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

We got to waypoint 12 but turned around due to the snow. I was with my family and didn’t want to risk it. Surprising amount of snow up there already, but could be fun with a group to finish the ride. The trail was gorgeous but hampered by all the shooting and garbage. The first ten miles of road was just pull out after pullout of people blasting away and litter all along both sides of the road along with the ranges being full of old appliances etc. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures. The overhead and side clearance at the latter part of the trail gets pretty tight due to all the trees being bent over from the snow.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/18/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Nice straight forward trail. Very rocky and dry, last part was significantly rockier. Had no trouble in lifted 4runner. Trail was definitely tight.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Had to try out the new Bronco, wanted to take it easy for the first trip so I could try out the bells and whistles. I should have deflated the tires a bit at the first switchback. Like other reviews have said, the top third gets rough, but not enough to stop a Bronco. I will say, that same top third, expect a lot of pinstriping. I’ll definitely come back in the fall or spring when it’s a little wetter.
Trail Review: NF 7720 - Andrew Rausch
Trail Review: NF 7720 - Andrew Rausch
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Joe
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Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

The trail is rougher than expected toward the top 1/3 of it. Lots of slow going over some pretty rough and rocky sections. I didn’t air down, but probably a good idea to do so. The last short stretch up to the view of the lake is narrow and steep.
Trail Review: NF 7720 - Joe
Trail Review: NF 7720 - Joe
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Drove up in a TRD Sport with a little bit bigger tires at 34 PSI. You definitely need a vehicle that is elevated due to the amount of washout and pot holes at the top 1/3 portion of this trail. You will need to be patient otherwise. More off camber situations than what was to be expected and met with a broken down van near the top but provided them with water on that hot day. Bring things in the event of an emergency if you venture up because you will not have service.
Trail Review: NF 7720 - Jessica

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