Johnson Ridge Trail 1067

Start in an abandoned logging and burn area and climb the ridge into timber. Stay on the middle of the ridge, climbing steadily for about a mile, where you enter Wild Sky Wilderness. The trail levels off along the ridge top near Sunrise Mountain, then descends and climbs to 5,400 feet to Scorpion Mountain amidst huckleberry meadows. For a side trip you can descend 400 feet for a half mile on a spur trail and enter Henry M. Jackson Wilderness to Joan Lake. On this hike enjoy fall color changes, when the huckleberry leaves turn a brilliant, vermillion red.

At a Glance

Open Season: Late June
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
  • Hiker only.
  • Maximum group size is 12.
  • Camp in established campsites.
Closest Towns: Skykomish, Washington
Water: No water sources on the trail until Joan Lake.
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Skykomish Ranger District office at 360-677-2414.

General Information


Drive US Highway 2 to just west of milepost 50 (located between the town of Skykomish and the Skykomish Ranger Station). Turn north onto Beckler Road #65, toward Beckler River Campground. From US Highway 2 on FS Road #65, drive 6 miles to FS Road #6520/6530 junction. Turn right onto FS Road #6520 and drive to spur road FS Road #6526. Turn right onto this spur, continue a short distance, then turn left at the next junction and proceed to the trailhead.

General Notes:


  • Skykomish Ranger District
  • Green Trails #143 and #144

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Elevation desc 3600/5400
Difficulty Level: More Difficult


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4.8 miles

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  Elevation : 
3600 feet - 5400 feet