Forest Road 23

Area Status: Open
This area is 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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Current Conditions: 6/15/2021:Forest Road 23 is now snow free. During the Summer, expect there to be many potholes along the 12 miles of unpaved section of road. Watch for log trucks! Also be very cautious & alert for buckled pavement/potholes on other sections. Not recommended for driving in the dark. Contact Mt. Adams Ranger District for current information 509-395-3402.
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