Trail #263 Dark Meadow


A map depicting trails in the Juniper-Langille area within the Cowlitz Valley vicinity.

Juniper-Langille area general map in the Cowlitz Valley Vicinity.  Sites include:  
Dark Meadow Trail #263
High Bridge Trail #293
Juniper Ridge Trail #261 
McCoy Peak Trail #259A 
Rough Trail #283 
Sunrise Peak Trail #261A
Sunrise Trail #262
Tongue Mountain Trail #294
Yellowjacket Trail #1A 


Area Status: Unreachable

This trail is open to motorcycles, hikers, horses, and bicycles.

Creek crossings and sections of the trail are difficult even for experienced motorcycle riders.

Dark Meadow Trail begins on Forest Road 23, and then crosses East Canyon Creek. The trail passes through Douglas fir and Western Hemlock, before crossing Dark Creek (at mile 1.5), and climbing steeply toward the Dark Meadows area and Juniper Ridge Trail #261.

This trail is named after John Dark who built a cabin in the meadows in 1895 while prospecting in the area. Take a look at the huge boulders in Dark Creek as you're hiking. These are excellent examples of what melting glaciers can leave behind.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/25/2020: Unreachable due to snow
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

General Information


From Randle, Washington travel south on State Highway 131 (Forest Roads 23 and 25). Veer left in 1 mile at the Y of Forest Road 23 and Forest Road 25. Follow Forest Road 23 about 22.5 miles. 

Trail is off Forest Road 23.



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  Area/Length : 
3.2 miles

  Elevation : 
2500' - 4200'