Forest Road 23

Area Status: Open

Forest Road 23 accesses the east side of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and runs from Trout Lake north to Randle, WA. The road connects the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District and the Mt. Adams Ranger District passing through high Cascades and Wilderness scenery along the way. Driving along Upper Cispus River and the edge of Mt. Adams Wilderness Area, with adjacent roads to High Lakes area access available. It is paved for most of its route, there is a 12-mile gravel stretch over Babyshoe Pass.

ALERT: Forest Road 23 is not maintained in winter. Baby Shoe Pass is not accessible. It re-opens in the snow free months in early Summer through Fall.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 4/15/24: Road conditions above 3,200' elevation are unknown and may be hazardous; snow depth impedes ability to travel safely at Baby Shoe pass or from Troutlake to Randle. 
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Viewing Scenery

Many activities area found along this route, but nature viewing and scenic driving top the list.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities