Trail #120 Keenes


A map depicting trails in the High Lakes area within the Cowlitz Valley vicinity.

High Lakes area general map in the Cowlitz Valley Vicinity.  Sites include: Adams Fork Campground, Boulder Trail #1C, Cat Creek Campground, Council Bluff Trail  #117, Green Mountain Trail  #110 , Hamilton Buttes Trail  #118 , Hamilton Peak Trail  #109, High Lakes Trail  #116, Horseshoe Lake Campground, Keenes Horse Camp, Keenes Trail #120, Killen Creek Campground, Spring Creek Trail  #115, Squaw Creek Trail  #265, Takh Takh Meadow Trail  #136.

Area Status: Open

This trail is open to hikers, horses and bicycles.

The trail begins in the Keenes Horse Camp and provides access to Spring Creek Trail #115, High Lakes Trail #116, and Horseshoe Lake.  Horses and mules now share the heavily used route with hikers and bicycles as they pass through semi-open forests and meadows.

Keenes Trail and the nearby horse camp were named after Keenes Meade, a Forest Service mule packer. Features include 24-acre Horseshoe Lake, which is 1.2 miles from the horse camp. Trail #120A provides a direct route from Keenes Horse Camp to Green Mountain Trail #110.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 10/4/2021: Trail was cleared in early-mid summer however current conditions are unknown.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

General Information


Trail leaves from Keenes Horse Camp.

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. Continue to follow Forest Service Road 23 for 17.5 miles then turn left onto Forest Road 21. Follow Forest Road 21 for 4.6 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 56. Follow Forest Road 56 for 4.9 miles and turn right on Forest Road 5600059. Follow Forest Road 5600059 for .1 miles and turn left into the campground. 


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Horse Riding

OHV Trail Riding

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  Area/Length : 
1.9 miles

  Elevation : 
3450' - 3750'