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Wenatchee National Forest
Levenworth: 25 miles, PH 509-763-3103

Gifford Pinchot Forest
Carson: The Gifford Pinchot National Forest (South end) there are a couple of areas that are popular with riders. You can access Indian Heaven Wilderness, and Trapper Creek Wilderness through Carson.
PH 360-427-5645
Submitted By: Gary Collins, Mt. St. Helens BCH Click here

Steamboat lake State Park
Grand Coulee Dam: Trails, No Camping, PH 509-633-1304

Walupt Horse Camp
Packwood: has access to the Pacific Crest Trail and 10 campsites . It is near trails 101, 121,and 98.
Walupt Lake Horse Camp is located in Gifford Pinchot NF. Directions I - 5 to Hwy 12 to Packwood, take Hwy 21 to Forest Rd. 2160 to campground. Lat & Long 46.4238N 121.4727W A Northwest Forest Pass is required for each vehicle.
Web Site Walupt Horse Camp
Location: on road 2160 near Packwood. PH 360-494-5515
Submitted By: Garth & Kathy Rumsmoke Click here
Garth and Kathy Rumsmoke, Horse travel information

White Pass
White Pass, RT 12 washington state, horse camp on the pacific trail. there is a store, gas station, within 1/2 mile and the camp is right on the state road, camp sites and john, pond for horse water. Short ride puts you in sight of Mt Rainer.. the camp is right on the top on Whites Pass hwy.
Great trails but lots of mosquito ( those blood sucking bugs).
Submitted By: Garth & Kathy Rumsmoke Click here
Garth and Kathy Rumsmoke, Horse travel information

Sahara Nicholson Trail System
Elbe Washington: ( Sahara Nicholson trail system) 15 camp sites water, high lines, BBQ pits, rest rooms located just outside of Elbe Washington heading toward Ashford right before the MT Rainier gate.
Submitted By: Jolene Click here

Kalama Horse Camp
Kelso: (Kalama horse camp) heading south on I-5 take the Kalama exit located just past Kelso go through town heading toward Cougar just off of freeway you'll see the Kalama horse camp sign located in the MT ST HELEN'S national monument volcanic park. It's first come first serve 20 sites, corrals, day parking area also overnight,water and rest rooms, BBQ pits very scenic looping trails lots of lava rocks and lakes and breath-taking views of MT. ST Helen's.
Fees are on donations also primitive camping located all over it's one of my favorite places.If you know of any horse camps in Spokane WA that have rugged high ridge trails with overnight camping, and water I'd appreciate the info I'm always looking for new areas.
Submitted By: Jolene Click here

(Additional information from Gary Collins)

I-5 exit is at Woodland - go East toward Cougar (20 miles?); 1/4 mile West of Cougar (at sign), go North on Forest Road 81 8 miles to the camp.
There are only 10 sites open, however the camp is being expanded to 26 sites at this time. Mt. St. Helens BCH is the "lead" group on this project. The Horse Camp is located on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mt. St. Helens District, but the actual Monument boundry is a couple miles past the camp.
The water is for stock use only, as it comes from a creek. There is now a log cabin shelter in the center of the camp, which will allow people to get in out of the rain for a picnic, or for use as a warming hut in the winter.
There are two new trails now under construction out of the camp.
Cinnamon Peak Trail will go up the South side of the Kalama River, then South to the peak, then North to tie in with the existing trail at Red Rock Pass. The new trail is 8.25 miles, and will make about a 13 mile loop back to camp. It should be open this fall! The second trail will go North out of camp, and is called the Fossil Creek Trail. This trail is being constructed primarily by volunteers, BCH and others, and will tie in with road 8123 above Blue Lake Trail head. Phase two of this trail will tie in with the Blue Lake Trail at Huckleberry Saddle. Hopefully this will all be complete next year! (HELP is needed!)
Submitted By: Gary Collins, Mt. St. Helens BCH Click here

Tahuya River Horse Camp in the Tahuya River Multiple use area, and Green Mountain Horse Camp.
Tahuya river Horse camp is due west of Belfair Washington, and I believe is operated under the State Forestry people. Green Mountain is west southwest of Bremerton Washington. Both are multi use Recreational areas, and have horse facilities (stalls and loading ramps). Tahuya River has a bigger camp area available, but Competitive Trail rides have been using both facilities for a number of years. There are hand pump wells for watering animals, and of course the river. At Tahuya, if you wish to get more primitive, you can scout some of the other camps scattered around and put up your own horse keeping facilities. Just clean up after yourself. There are lots of trails at both facilities, and I believe that there is a connecting trail to each other, and to the network of trails through the Olympic Mountains.
DIRECTIONS:
For Tahuya River, follow signs from I-5 to Bremerton (highway 16 north). You might see signs just north of Gig Harbor for Purdy/Allyn/Shelton, but don't take this exit, it is very winding and rough road. Just stay on highway 16 until you see signs to Highway 3 to Belfair/Allyn/Shelton. Go south on highway 3 until you see signs to Belfair State Park. Two lane road, a little winding, but decent follow that to Belfair state Park. Go past the entrance to Belfair State park, and about 1/2 mile ahead you will see signs on the right to Elfindahl (sp?) Pass, and Tahuya River Recreation Area. Look for signs to the Tahuya River horse Camp. It is paved road until you turn off to the horse camp, and then it is approximately 10 miles of well maintained gravel road. There is a very steep decline into the horse camp, but good road, and at the decline, it is straight until you reach the bottom with a very wide sweeping turn into the heart of the camp. There are all kinds of trail heads where you can park your vehicle for a day ride, without going all the way into the horse camp, but there is no water at these trail heads so bring your own.

I haven't been to the Green Mountain facility for so long that I can't give you straight forward directions, but if you contact the Back Country Horsemen, they will be able to clue you in.
Submitted By: Tessa Reeve Click here

A negitive report on Tahuya River.
I went to Tahuya River Horse Camp and found that it was a terrific place! Let me clarify, it is a terrific place if you want to ride dirt bikes or ATVís. There werenít any horses at the horse camp because it was full of ATVís. The roads and trails had more dirt bikes and ATVís then I have seen in my entire life!
Just driving down the dirt road to the camp there were ATVís and dirt bikes shooting across the road in front of my vehicle without slowing down to look for traffic. If they do this crossing the road they certainly wonít be using caution on the trails where there may be horses.

The Department of Natural Recourses has done a terrible job managing this area by not restricting some trails to horses and hikers only and restricting the horse camp to people with horses. What a disaster!
Iím in favor of having trails for ATVís and dirt bikes but anytime you put them on the same trails and using the same campgrounds as horses, the horses will loose every time. By the looks of the horse camp itís apparent that other horsemen have been chased off. The corrals donít look like they have been used in a few years. They have weeds growing as tall or taller than the top rails of the corrals.

Elk Haven Equestrian Center
Cle Elum: Overnight camping for horse and rider! Showers and restrooms 40 outside stalls/stall guard needed. 6 indoor stalls fenced large arena. Easy access from I-90.
80 acres with trails
1/4 mile to John Wayne Trail
1 mile to Murry Reserve
15-20 miles to Alpine Lake Area
Ginni Erion PH 509-674-2317
201 Elk Haven Rd.
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Submitted by: Ginni Erion Click here
Elk Haven Equestrian Center, web page Click here

Windrift Ranches' Raindance Riding Center
Clallam Bay: We have 53 acres along the Hoko/Ozette Road in Northwest Washington which provides areas for horse camps, either individuals or groups. There is water and limited access to electricity. Campers may picket, stake, highline, or use electric fenced areas. We can provide baled hay from our fields. There are miles of logging roads, beaches within twenty minutes trailering, and wildlife...deer, elk, cougar, bear, eagles and fish in the rivers and lakes.
The Hoko/Ozette Road turns left off of Hwy 112 approximately four miles west of Clallam Bay, Washington.
Fred and Carol Cross
PH 360-963-2818
E-mail: Fred and Carol Cross Click here

Hunter's Pony Farm
Quilcene, Oly Peninsula: We located in Northern WA state on the Olympic Peninsula offering overnite and vacation stabling for up to 12 horses. We have 6 box stalls, 2 paddocks available year round.
Also available to our stablers are: indoor arena, hot walker, round pen, trailer parking, dog kennels, llama stabling. Owners must have current coggins and health certificate or vet check.
Access to trails nearby, water on premises, feed available by request for extra fee, lake and saltwater fishing in town, tourist activities nearby, motel in town, campgrounds in town and nearby.
PH 360-765-0130
Quilcene, WA 98376
E-Mail: Pam Hunter Click here
Web page: Hunter's Pony Farm Click here

Eden Valley Guest Ranch
Located in what is known as the Okanogan Highlands is Eden Valley Guest Ranch. With just under 900 acres and bordering 25,000 more acres of the Mt. Hull section of the Okanogan National Forest (ONF) a rider's rime runs out before their space. If you want more space to ride, six miles south is a trail head to the Bonaparte section of the ONF (another 75,000+ acres).

People Accomodations: The ranch has ten (1-bedroom) deluxe mountain houses spaced out along the edge of the tree line. Each has fully furnished kitchens right down to the coffee makers and dishes, full bathrooms, beds with linen, tables with 4 chairs, a futon, a wood stove and great views. All are car accessible and affordable!

Horse & Mule Accomodations: Corrals and highlines are available with adjacent land for guests' temporary corrals. There is no additional charge for stock if their owners clean up. Water is available at a trough or guests may fill their own buckets from the hose. Stock Trailer parking south of corrals. Bring your own feed or call about hay available. Four cabins allow well trained dogs.

Pack Llamas and Goats: Same as for horses and mules.

We love to answer questions about Eden Valley Guest Ranch and the adventures that surround us. The Tonasket Ranger District will mail you a copy of the District's Trails and Campgrounds upon your request. Their number is (509) 486-2186. We also have other adventures available and events including rodeos!

Pat & Robin Stice
Eden Valley Guest Ranch
31 Eden Valley Lane
Oroville, WA 98844
Phone (509) 485-4002

E-Mail: Eden Valley Guest Ranch Click here
Web page: Eden Valley Guest Ranch Click here

Yakima River RV Park
Ellensburg: Yakima River RV Park is situated on a working ranch and we have 3 or more horse stalls available for people traveling with horses. Trails adjoin our property for day trips.
When the Yakima River is low in the Autumn riders enjoy crossing and riding up in the hills.
We are located 2 miles south of the I-90 freeway, south of Ellensburg, Washington.
Phone number is 509 925-4734.
E-Mail: Yakima River RV Park Click here
Web page: Yakima River RV Park Click here

White Pine Inn
Loon Lake: Located just 35 miles north of Spokane, within walking distance of the lake and adjacent to hundreds of miles of logging roads and trails. Ample parking for any size or amount of rigs, as well as camper parking and horse stabling.
Explore these quiet mountains and enjoy the incredible scenery and views of the lake from the back of your horse.

The Inn at White Pine
3848 White Pine Rd.
Loon Lake, WA 99148
(509) 233-2971

E-Mail: White Pine Inn, Lorie Stobie Click here
Web page: White Pine Inn Click here

Leavenworth area
1. Black Pine in the Icicle River drainage, it is surrounded be the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. From the camp ground you have easy access to several trails the trail leaving directly south from the camp makes a nice 20 some mile loop best ridden going up Blackjack Ridge first than coming down Meadow Creek/Jack creek trail. Near the far end of the Blackjack trail before you reach the Meadow Creek/ Cradle Trail the tread gets a little hard to find so pay attention.
Great views I done it as a long day ride in both directions. Another nice 2 day ride from that camp is up French Creek over Paddy-go-easy Pass than back down Meadow Creek / Jack Creek trail (note) there is no horse feed on French creek until you go over Paddy-go-easy than nice meadows with lots of feed.
Another up French Creek is Snow wall basin beautiful valley with great feed nice camps throughout the length of the basin. I have ridden out the east end to make it a loop but would not recommend it to the "faint of heart".
Just past the turn off to French Creek the Frosty Pass trail turns north giving access Lake Mary; Margret; and many other lakes, Ladies Pass above Lake Mary gives views to die for Mt Rainer, Glacier Peak, Mt Stewart, the Olympics all from one spot.

2. Little Wenatchee Ford about 10 miles past Lake Wenatchee many beautiful day rides plus several one and two night trip along the Crest Trail near the upper end of the Little Wenatchee trail is Kodak Peak so be sure to bring a camera.

3. Chiwawa River Horse Camp nice camp ground, good ridding, but not one of my favorites.

4. Phelps Creek Horse Camp up the Chiwawa about 5 more miles, Great place to ride from Buck Creek Pass, Flower Dome area you think you can reach out an touch Glacier Peak. Great access to Cloudy Pass, Image Lake Chelan, You can take a several day pack and have someone meet you on the North Cascade Highway.

All in all there are about 500 miles of trails in the area.

Submitted By: Tom Fairbank Click here

Anacortes Community Forest.
The trails are located to the south of Anacortes. To get there drive north on I 5 to the Burlington/Hwy 20 exit. Follow Hwy 20 west towards Anacortes. Stay on Hwy 20 as it turns south at a traffic light in about 12 miles. Drive up the hill on Hwy 20 around a curve watching for the Campbell Lake Rd on your right.
Turn right and follow the Campbell Lake Rd to the Heart Lake Rd. The small Mt. Erie store is at the junction. (Buy a map here). Turn right and follow the Heart Lake Rd until coming to Heart Lake. Park either in the lake parking lot or across the road at the large turn out.
Most of the trails are east of the road and although it's possible to explore without a map it is very confusing. The maze of trails goes up and down through the forest and eventually you will come to Whistle Lake. Not all the trails are open to horses so watch the signs and stay off hiker only trails. Day riding only. Be sure to pick up and take home any manure from the parking areas.
Submitted By: Gene & Mary Sutliff Click here

Blanchard Mountain.
Trails here lead to a great overlook of Puget Sound and also to two small lakes. Good conditioning ride though nice forest. To get there drive I 5 to the Alger exit (#240) north of Burlington. Turn left (west) on the Lake Samish Rd. Go .4 mile to Barrel Springs Rd., turn left and continue .7 mile to DNR Rd. B-1000, Turn right and follow the gravel road 1.1 mile to a large parking lot on the right. The trailhead is a short distance on down the road. After a couple of miles of climbing a fork is reached. The trail to the left goes to the Samish Overlook and the trail to the right goes to Lily and Lizard Lakes. A loop is possible by taking Max's Shortcut from Lily Lake and then following part of the Overlook trail back to the trail fork. This is a good day trip most any time of the year.
Submitted By: Gene & Mary Sutliff Click here

Les Hilde/ Harry O. Trailhead
Leave I 5 at exit 232 and go 4.4 miles to Hwy 20. Continue east on Hwy. 20 11.9 miles to Cabin Creek Rd., turn left. Go north to the stop sign, turn right. Go .4 miles to Medford Rd., turn left and follow the road up hill to the trailhead in less than 2 miles. It's possible to camp at the trailhead. There is no water available.
There are miles of trail here, most of it on state land. A good map is available to purchase from www.cowboymaps.com.
Web page: Cowboy Maps Click here
Submitted By: Gene & Mary Sutliff Click here

Pilchuck Tree Farm. (Armstrong Track)
This is private land open to hiking and horseback riding by courtesy of the owners. Take exit 212 off of I 5. Go east on the Bryant/Stanwood Rd. crossing Hwy 9. Continue straight ahead, the road name changes to Grandview. At about 5.2 miles from I 5 come to Bracken Rd., turn right them right again into the parking area under the power lines. Either ride out the back of the lot or ride Bracken Rd. a short distance to the trailhead on the right. There are many, many trails.
This is a great place to take green horses. Day riding only. Mo maps available.
Submitted By: Gene & Mary Sutliff Click here

Pilchuck Tree Farm. (Victoria Track)
This is private land open to hiking and horseback riding courtesy of the owners. Take exit 215 off of I 5. Go east to English Grade Rd. Turn left and continue to 316th.
Take a right up the hill and then a left on the road signed Pilchuck Glass Works. The parking area is a quarter mile up this road. Do not drive any further. No maps available. These trails are open only from May 1 to November 1. Expect lots of mountain bikes. Day riding only.
Submitted By: Gene & Mary Sutliff Click here

Lake Padden.
Take the Samish Way exit off of I 5. The parking lot for horse trailers is at the far north end of the lake.
This is a busy park and is best ridden on weekdays. There is quite a maze of trails and horses are not allowed on the trails next to the lake. Have fun finding your way! Day use only. Expect mountain bikes.
Pick up and take home horse manure from the parking lot.
Submitted By: Gene & Mary Sutliff Click here

Capital Forest
Capital Forest has many horse and hiker only trails (along with a portion for ATV's). It can be accessed from many directions but if you take I-5 freeway south of Olympia, WA you will take the Little Rock exit. There are several horse campgrounds in and around Capitol Forest.
Falls Creek has wood corrals, pull thru campsites, water, and a creek that runs around it, Margaret McKinney Campground has wood corrals, water, large campsites, and a river that is easily accessed from the campsites. Mima Falls campsite has wood corrals, water, and comfortable camping sites.

All campsites have trail access. The trails in Capital Forest go through out the 91,650 acre park and range in elevation from 600 ft and 2600 ft . There are loops that make a good day ride and beautiful scenery including trees, in some areas, that can rival the California Redwoods. The conditions of the trails are usually very nice and easy riding. The only time I have had complaints is after a lot of rainfall. The trails can get muddy in low spots.

This is a very family friendly riding area and we loved camping through out the summers. It has been ran on a first come, first serve basis and I have never had a problem getting a campsite. But, Before going you go you can call the Washington Dept. of Natural Resources at (360) 577-2025 and check the status of the campgrounds.

Submitted By: Jana Deck Click here

Mazama RanchHouse
Located on the eastern slope of the North Cascades in Washington. Spring, summer, and fall we offer horse facilities: corrals, stables, arena, and miles of trail riding for our horse guests.
We have been in operation for 11 yrs as a 14 room Inn with a ranch setting and have recommended in "Northwest Best Places" in the past.

Web page: Mazama RanchHouse Click here
E-mail: Steve and Kristin Devin Click here

Redmond Ridge
Redmond Ridge in Redmond, Washington
Web page: Redmond Ridge Click here

Snoqualmie Ridge
Snoqualmie Ridge in Snoqualmie, Washington Web page: Snoqualmie Ridge Click here

Pend Oreille County Park
Pend Oreille County Park offers overnight camping with horses between Memorial weekend and Labor Day.
As of now it is primitive camping for horse folks.
There is water, toilet and shower in the main camping area.
Fee is $10.00 a night for over night camping ----- day use is free.
The trails offer a "wilderness experience in the miniature" and can be ridden as soon as the snow is gone.
The Northeast Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen keeps the trails open.
The park is located 25 miles North of Spokane, Washington on Highway 2.
Note: We are proud of this park. The County and the Northeast chapter are working together to build a nice parking area for horse trailersÖpossibly starting in the fall of 2009.
We encourage folks to clean up after their horses and mules and enjoy the trails.

Submitted by: Vicki Gish Click here

Sahara Nicholson Horse Trail System Ė Elbe Hills
Fantastic views of MT Rainier await at Elbe. Located 6 miles east of the town of Elbe, WA on WA Hwy 706 these trails have access as easy as the wonderful views! There are 7 main trails that are all clearly signed and marked. The campground itself has both back in and pull through parking and can accommodate large LQ rigs with ease. For more detailed information on the Elbe campground and trails, FREE print map of the area, photos, and trail video click HERE or visit www.TrailMeister.com Submitted by: Cowboy Maps Click here

Kalama Horse Camp
Located in the Gifford Pinchot national park with some trails running through the adjacent Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument, Kalama has over 55 miles of trails contained in 7 main trails that travel through young (post eruption), and patches of old growth, forest, lava beds, valleys, and mountain ridges. Views of St Helens are phenomenal. Easily accessed from I-5 through Woodland to Lewis River road for almost 30 miles, then a paved forest service road #81 for 8 miles to camp.
The Kalama campground is wonderful with corrals for stock use, multiple vault toilets, and easy parking for the largest of rigs. For more detailed information on the Kalama campground and trails, FREE print map of the area, photos, and trail video click HERE or visit www.TrailMeister.com
Submitted by: Cowboy Maps Click here

Redmond Ridge
This is a short trail system located in a suburban housing development on the eastside of Seattle. With trails totaling just over 4 miles of flat ground this is a good place to keep you and your horse in condition when you canít get further afield. Thereís no camping here but parking is easy. For more detailed information on the Redmond Ridge trails, FREE print map of the area
Submitted by: Cowboy Maps Click here

Wenas Ė BBQ Flats
Over 60 miles of trails, cross country riding and more are available in the Wenas River valley south of Ellensburg. The camping area is primitive, no potable water, or toilets, but large. To get here follow I-90 to Umptanum rd to N Wenas Rd to west on Maloy Rd. Take the first left after the cattle guard. For more detailed information on the Wenas BBQ Flat trails, FREE print map of the area, photos, and trail video click HERE or visit www.TrailMeister.com

Submitted by The TrailMeister Submitted by: Cowboy Maps Click here

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Layover Hosts for your horse or mule. (No Trail access)

Campgrounds, ranches and trail ride places are also Overnight hosts. The places listed here are "OVERNIGHT ONLY".


This is a link to B & B Online,   Bed and Breakfast with equine accommodations

Bill & Stevie Somes
Arlington: 6007 267th PL. NE, 98223 Ph 206-435-3374 Overnight only

LCS Stables
Spocane: 618 E. Washington Rd, 99224. 8 Miles from Colfax Pullman, exit off of I90 to 195 freeway on to Washington Rd. Accommodations are limited to 3 to 4 stabling stalls and outside stabling Ph 509-448-0453. Owners Lyle and Charlette Schroeders

Hands On Farm, Pam Graham
Can accommodate almost any size party, have facilities for studs and wet mares. Overnighters or by the week, ( Clark County fair grounds are close by .)
I have 40 stalls, Need current neg coggins, will make reservations but drop ins are welcome too. Can provide emergency transportation as needed, ( 50 mile radius) I have a 2 horse trailer but can get a bigger one if needed.

Pam Graham
Hands On Farm
16418 NE 72nd AVE
Vancouver WA 98686
360-576-9177
E-mail: Pam Graham Click here

Mirante's Ranch
Graham: Ph 253-686-9264
Mirante's Ranch Click here
E-mail: Ron Frederick Click here

Elk Haven Equestrian Center
Cle Elum: Overnight camping for horse and rider! Showers and restrooms 40 outside stalls/stall guard needed. 6 indoor stalls fenced large arena. Easy access from I-90.
80 acres with trails
1/4 mile to John Wayne Trail
1 mile to Murry Reserve
15-20 miles to Alpine Lake Area
Ginni Erion PH 509-674-2317
201 Elk Haven Rd.
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Submitted by: Ginni Erion Click here
Elk Haven Equestrian Center, web page Click here

Cherry Creek Equestrian Center
Duvall, Cherry Creek Equestrian Center, is a new classical dressage barn in Duvall, 20 minutes from Redmond, Washington. We have 146 acres of facilities, pastures and trails.
Monroe Fair Grounds nearby.
19228 Duvall Monroe Road NE
Duvall, WA 98019
(425) 844-2398

E-mail: Cherry Creek Equestrian Center Click here
Web Page Cherry Creek Equestrian Center Click here

Annie and Don Betts
Sequim: We are located just 5 miles off Hwy 101 in Washington on the Olympic Peninsula. We are just west of Sequim, WA, between Sequim and Port Angeles.

We have five acres for our horses and some other smaller paddocks for visiting horses. There is room for a camper or tent if needed. We have National Forest and logging trails which can be reached from our place.

It is difficult to access our place with a large trailer, but no problem with a smaller one.
For specific directions, call us at (360)681-5218.
Address: 146 Janssen Farm Rd., Sequim, WA 98382
E-mail: Annie and Don Betts Click here

Horse Play Ranch
Yelm, Located at the Horse Play ranch, there is a bunkhouse that sleeps 8-10 with a kitchenette, large great room, covered patio with hot tub and barbeque. For the horse or mule, there is an outdoor fenced arena, 12 x 12 noble panel stalls. Lots of riding or hiking trails. Also offered, Natural Horsemanship lessons, massage therapy for you or your equine partner.
Web Page Horse Play Ranch Click here
Submitted by: Tacey Takamoto Click here

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Trail Rides (bring your own horse or mule)

John Wayne Pioneer Wagon's and Riders
John Wayne Pioneer Wagon's and Riders annual trail ride that goes almost 1/2 way across the state of Washington to Idaho each year.

The ride lasts about 2 1/2 weeks and people come and go at will so you do not have to ride the entire ride if you do not want to.

The membership consists of all types of people and many children get out of school early to go on the ride since it is a part of history. There are no stallions, colts or loose dogs allowed on the trail. There is no drinking on the trail but you may do that once you are back at camp. Meals are not provided and there are many places that we go where there are towns or where the towns people put on a meal for us for a small price. People bring there own horses, mules, ponies, wagons, sleeping arrangements, horse trailers, food and anything that they will need for a 2 1/2 week camping horse trip. There are always towns near if one wants to run into one for dinner. Water is usually available but most of us bring water with us. Many places there are hoses to get more water. I always bring hoses with me just in case. We camp at a number of large Washington ranches as their guests and at one we have a steak BBQ that is around 6 dollars each. Some nights we have pot lucks where we all make something to take for all to enjoy. I seem to be in charge of that this year so should be interesting.

Horses should be shod with pads and there have been some sad cases where they have not been. The ground is rocky much of the way and we are on an old rail road grade. We cross trestles, go through tunnels, go from snow to sage brush, large open areas with wild flowers, to rock on both sides of us.

A news letter will be sent out with what you will need and a ride form. If that does not work you may leave me a message at nolfnn@aol.com and I will fax you what you need.
For Membership Information e-mail Nancy Nolf.
Submitted by: Nancy Nolf Click here

Columbia Gorge/Mt. Adams area.
The Mt. Adams Horse Camp has just recently been finished and connects to miles and miles of trails.
There are corrals, high-lines, stock-tanks (though these are non-sensically enclosed closely by fences and spookier horses might not like to go in), fire-rings, and a disabled mounting assist.
It is located in what was once a Forest Service seed orchard, but is now a huge sparsely treed meadow with a grand mountain view. The town of Trout Lake is about 4 miles away.
In 2003 we hosted the CEI Pan-Am championship endurance race here in Trout Lake, so we have many miles of excellent wilderness trails.
Submitted by: Dianne Doede, Trout Lake WA Click here

24K Equine Chiropractic Services
Overnight, lay-up services. Some trails within riding distance.
24K Equine Chiropractic Services
601 Hubbard Road SE
Rainier, WA 98576
(360) 220-2191

Methow Valley Backcountry Horsemen
The 25th annual Spring Trail Ride being held April 24 - 26, 2009 just outside of Twisp in Northcentral Washington. Complete information can be found on our website.
If you have any questions, please let me know. Nancy Palagruti
E-mail: Nancy Palagruti Click here
Web Page Methow Valley Backcountry Horsemen Click here

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Links or other information for this state

 "FOREST-WIDE"
Trail-Park Permit Program
Beginning May 1, 1997 the Willamette (National Forest) will start operating
under the Region 6 "Trail-Park" program. Similar to the familiar "Sno-Park"
permit system, this will require hikers and other users of designated
trail heads to procur(e) and display a permit on their vehicle. A season pass
permit is $25 and a daily pass is $3. Permits will be available from vendors
and many Forest Service offices and will be valid wherever required in
Region 6 National Forests. Fees collected through-out Oregon and Washington
will be retained in the Region and allocated back to the participating
Forest for maintaining trail heads and trails. Congress authorized efforts
nation-wide to test a variety of new fee system under a section of the 1997
budget bill. As recreation budgets continue to decline, Congress and the
Forest Service are seeking ways of funding key programs and facilities such
as trails in a way that the public will find supportable. At the end of
three years, the permit system will be evaluated and the findings reported
to Congress."

Washington Trail Books
Perhaps those looking for WA trail rides might like: The Back country Horseman's Guide to Washington, by John and Roberta Wolcott, Falcon press. Also from Falcon, Trail Riding Western Montana, by Carellen Smith-Barnett. I got both from Amazon.com.
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Trail Riding & Pack Trips in Washington, New Book
New book just published last month.
It is titled "Trail Riding & Pack Trips in Washington" The ISBN is 0-939116-44-8. This 300+ page book is perfect bound, 6x9 inches and contains -- where to go and how to get there -- information for 35 horse camps, 150 trail heads, with 36 pages of maps with trails described as to amount of use, difficulty, parking and other key information. The trails are on the Olympic, Colville, Okanogan, Wenatchee and Gifford Pinchot National Forests. There are also trails and maps for 6 state forests with horse riding trails and/or horse camps.
The chapters include stock first aid, trail riding horse sense, horse camp location and description and reference/directory information.
Also, this may be the first trail riding book to include a chapter on how to use your compass and on map and compass use together.
The book, published by Frontier Publishing Co., is available at tack, saddle and feed stores and through major book stores or direct from the authors at: woodfin@web-ster.com
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Price is $18.95 plus $2.00 for shipping.

Grab Your Tails and Ride the Trails!
"Grab Your Tails and Ride the Trails" Trail guide includes over 50 excellent pictures and illustrations, camp recipes, maps, and clear easy directions to horse camps and trail heads for both Washington and Oregon States. The Authors personally rode each trail described. It has been NWIA accepted for Ranger Districts. Over 150 wonderful trail rides critiqued, veterinarian input for trail emergencies, safety tips for your truck and trailer. It makes a great gift or personal reference. Areas included are: WASHINGTON-Salmon La Sac, Taneum, Manastash, Teanaway, Leavenworth, Pacific Crest Trail, Haney Meadow, Lake Wenatchee, Stehekin and Pasayten Pack Trips. OREGON- Bull of the Woods Wilderness, Mount Jefferson Wilderness and the Three Sisters Wilderness. Research is in progress for a second book due out spring-summer 2000! our second book will cover: WASHINGTON: Indian Heaven Wilderness, more Taneum & Manastash, Packwood-Goat Rocks Wilderness, Mount Adams Wilderness, Greenwater Area, North Bend, Twisp, more Pasayten, Little Naches, White Pass & Bumping Lake Area, more Salmon La Sac, Olympics, Entiat, and much much more. OREGON: Mount Hood Area, Olallie Lakes, Timothy Lake Area, more of the Three Sisters Wilderness, Mount Jefferson, Bull of the Woods Wilderness, The Blue Mountains, Eagel Cap Wilderness.
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