Allen Mountain Tr269

3D view of Allen Mountain Trail #269

Overall: 7

Aerobic: 7

Technical: 7

Steepness: 7

Flow: 5

Singletrack: 100%

Silver Cr Tr258, Allen Mt Tr269 and a bushwhacking hike-a-bike on Greenwood Lk Tr253 combine into a great ridgeline ride.

Type

OAB

Length

Avg: 19.6mi

Ascent

Mt Goat

Elevation Change

TH:2700'
Avg Ascent:6200'

Ascent Incline

17%

Duration

Avg: 5hr

Weather
Forecast

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These trails are not heavily used and can become thick with brush in July and August, so dress accordingly.

Expect swampy conditions after rainfall, as these trails do not dry out rapidly.

Starting near Bear Prairie meadow, Silver Cr Tr258 ascends steadily above the Skate Creek headwaters, through old growth forest to FR8400.

This section is optional, but adds some distance and challenge to the ride.

Allen Mountain Tr269 (aka Skate Mountain Trail) is a lightly used trail which ascends along a ridgeline to the top of Allen Mountain, then crosses an open, subalpine landscape and follows the ridge to the junction with Greenwood Lake Tr253.

Expect rocks and roots, with some narrow singletrack and cliff exposure.

Greenwood Lake Tr253 is a whisper of a trail, rarely used and not maintained.

From the Cougar Gap intersection, the trail summits then descends to Greenwood Lake, then continues on to FR8511.

Bring a GPS and be ready for some outback bushwhacking.

The ride can be accessed from FR8500/FR8511, but those roads are not maintained any better than Greenwood Lake Tr253 so should not be attempted with low clearance vehicles, proven by the undercarriage car parts scattered alongside the road...

Directions: From the Big Creek Campground, go right on FR52 (Skate Creek Road) then go 9.5mi to FR5240. Go right onto FR5240 and go .5mi to FR015, then go right and continue .4mi to the Silver Cr Tr258 TH. View Larger Map. No Map?.

Allen Mountain Trail #269 Topo Map

OAB Directions

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Osborne Mountain Area Topo Map

  • TH: The steady climb starts right away, winding up the hillside to FR8400.
  • 3.4mi: Go left on FR8400, .3mi to FR8460, then go right and climb 1.6mi to the Allen Mt Tr269 TH.
  • 5.2mi: Ride the ridgeline then ascend to Allen Mountain summit.
  • 8mi: Go left at the Greenwood Lk Tr253 intersection near Cougar Gap and ride out to Greenwood Lake and ~.5mi beyond. Turn around at the 9.8mi mark and head back to the TH.

 

Mount Rainier Paradise Park Area Hiking

 

The southwestern flank of Mount Rainier contains some easily accessible but very challenging day-hikes.

See the Osborne Mtn Tr250 page for the more western Rainier and Glacier View Wilderness hiking trails.

Skyline is the main Paradise Park loop trail, with Deadhorse Creek and Alta Vista providing western extensions and Golden Gate as a mid loop connector.

Tatoosh Traverse provides a more advanced hiking option, with Pinnacle Peak Trail and Bench Lake Trail making a natural loop option.

Families use the Wonderland trail from the Cougar Rock CG to Narada Falls as a popular day-hike, often stopping at Carter Falls.

The Paradise River Camp is 1mi south of Narada Falls. As with all other camping at Mount Rainier, permits are required and expect summertime weekend crowds.

Wonderland Trail is 93mi and circumnavigates Mount Rainier, crossing varied terrain, from lowland forests to high alpine. The northwestern section of Wonderland Trail is covered on the Christoff Tr1171 page.

For much more information, check out the Mount Rainier National Park Trail guide, which includes descriptions of all trails and a variety of maps.

Trail Index

This Ride

Allen Mountain Trail 269, Greenwood Lake Trail 253, Silver Creek Trail 258

Hiking

High Rock Trail 266

Mount Rainier National Park Paradise Park Hiking

Alta Vista Trail, Avalanche Lilly Trail, Bench Lake Trail, Deadhorse Creek Trail, Fourth Crossing Trail, Golden Gate Trail, High Lakes Trail, Lower Lakes Trail, Narada Falls Trail, Mazama Ridge Trail, Moraine Trail, Pinnacle Peak Trail, Skyline Trail, Tatoosh Traverse, Waterfall Trail, Wonderland Trail

Campgrounds

Big Creek Campground, Cougar Rock Campground, Longmire Campground, Sunshine Point Campground

 

Trail Rankings

Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.

  • Overall Rating: Ride quality and challenge
  • Aerobic: Ascent challenge
  • Technical Difficulty: Terrain challenge
  • Steepness: Average incline
  • Flow: Uninterrupted riding
  • Elevation Change: Total elevation gain
  • Ride Difficulty: Terrain challenge

 

 

 

 

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