Walker Valley / Peter Burns Road

Mount Vernon, Washington (Skagit County)

Last Updated: 09/11/2020
4 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 4.34 miles
Highest Elevation: 769 feet
Duration: About 40 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Mount Vernon
Nearest Town w/ Services: Mount Vernon
Official Road Name: Peter Burns Road
Management Agency: Department of Natural Resources, Walker Valley Forest
District: Darrington Ranger District


Highlight: Walker Valley / Peter Burns Road
Peter Burns Road is a service road running along the west side of the Walker Valley ORV Park. It has two staging areas, where camping is also allowed. The trail ends in the south at the intersection of Lake Cavanaugh Road. Though the north entrance and staging area seem to be the most popular, either direction is fine for entering the park. This trail takes you to WV-05 at Waypoint 3 and WV-22 at Waypoint 8; the main gates into the park. Walker Valley ORV is comprised of 3,200 acres, with twelve 4X4 trails, and many more ATV and dirt bike trails. The trails offer many challenges like rocks, roots, and ruts. These obstacles will change from season to season, with the addition of snow and rain, which can also produce large puddles and muddy stretches. From the mild to wild, Walker Valley ORV provides something for everyone.


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1. Trailhead/North Staging Area (0 mi)
Trailhead of Peter Burns Road. There is a large staging area that can be used for airing up and down, and loading/unloading vehicles from trailers. Camping is permitted, but it's a busy area, and may not be well suited for it.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Mount Vernon, Washington

Head east on W Montgomery St toward S 2nd St for 259 feet. Continue on S 2nd St to E Fulton St for 0.2 miles. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto S 2nd St for 0.2 miles. Continue onto N 4th St for 387 feet. Take E Division St to WA-9 S for 3.9 miles. Turn right onto E Fulton St for 0.1 miles. Turn right onto N 6th St for 0.1 miles. N 6th St turns left and becomes E Division St for 2.1 miles. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on E Division St for 0.8 miles. Continue onto Mt Vernon Big Lake Rd for 0.7 miles. Turn right onto WA-9 S for 3 miles. Follow Walker Valley Rd to Peter Burns Rd for 3.3 miles. Turn left onto Walker Valley Rd for 0.2 miles. Turn left to stay on Walker Valley Rd for 2.0 miles. Turn right onto Peter Burns Rd for 1.1 miles.



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Jasmine & Jon Hughes

Mapping Crew - Washington

Centered in the pinnacle of the Pacific NW and growing up cruising around the small town of Quilcene, Jasmine grew with a fascination and passion for outdoors and travel, many of those adventures fueled by the family's 1998 Jeep Cherokee. Years later, photography grew as a way to capture and share the adventures being had. After a road trip from Seattle to San Diego in a 1996 Jetta, a 4WD truck would be the next step in going further in photographing the wild places of the West. In December of 2016, a manual 1989 Toyota Pickup was purchased and those dreams would continue to flourish. Jon grew up in a small Wisconsin town. In 2004, his parents decided to purchase a new Jeep LJ. They picked the LJ because of the additional room, as it would be used for a road trip to Florida. After joining the navy, the family Jeep followed Jon down to Georgia and became his own. It took him to Virginia, and then Washington. It wasn't until Washington that things started to happen for Jon and his Jeep. Jasmine, now his wife, got him more interested in hiking, and ultimately overlanding. Over time, Jon and Jasmine realized that they wanted to use the Jeep to tackle harder trails, and spend weekends in ORV parks. It was through this decision that the mostly stock Jeep received a refreshing upgrade after 15 years of driving. Jon usually drives the Jeep when the trail is in question, and to allow Jasmine to document the trails. Currently, Jon has been in 26 states with the Jeep, via family trips and his time in the navy. Jon hopes to travel to every state with his Jeep, including Alaska and Hawaii.
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