Langille Ridge Tr259

3D view of Langille Ridge Trail #259

Overall: 8

Aerobic: 7

Technical: 7

Steepness: 7

Flow: 6

Singletrack: 100%

Langille Rdg Tr259 offers a more moderate version of the Juniper Rdg Tr261 peak to peak (to peak) ride, with less radical terrain creating better OAB options.




Avg: 18.7mi



Elevation Change

Avg Ascent:7000'

Ascent Incline



Avg: 5hr





Think of Langille Rdg Tr259 as a steroids-optional Juniper Rdg Tr261 alternative.

Although Langille Rdg Tr259 is a favorite with two-legged mountain goats, riders are likely to also see the four-legged variety of mountain goats in the McCoy Peak area.

The toughest climb is between the Rough Tr283 intersection and the summit near Langille Creek, and portions of the the trail include cliff exposure, narrow singletrack, loose rocky surface and some pumice surface.


The simplest (and toughest) OAB ride is to start at the FR2809 TH and ride Langille Rdg Tr259 19.5mi OAB to Boundary Tr1.

This involves 8200' of climbing and a 2mi, 2100' ascent through dense forest to Langille Peak.

Note: that FR2809 is poorly maintained and the forest service reports that the FR2809 bridge is washed out.

Yellowjacket Creek may be several feet deep in July and August and dangerously un-fordable in the Spring.

Better OAB options are created by using either FR2810 or FR2900 and starting from Boundary Tr1, then riding out to Langille Peak and back.


Loop Option: 5.2mi of FR2900, Boundary Tr1, Langille Rdg Tr259 and Rough Tr283 can be combined into a 12.3mi loop or shuttle ride with 4200' of climbing.

The 2000' road climb is tolerable although a shuttle would be very easy to set up.

Boundary Tr1 includes a 1mi section which ascends 800' (16% grade).

The 1mi ascent just north of Holdaway Butte is 15%, adding to the challenge of this loop option.

The 2mi Rough Tr283 switchbacks descend 2000' through conifer forest, to the FR116 TH, adding some excitement to this relatively short loop ride.

Burley Mountain Hiking: The nearby Cispus Environmental Learning Center features several short hiking loops, with Burley Mountain Tr256 as the main hike.

With most of the terrain moderate for family hikes, Covel Creek Tr228 leads to Covel Creek Falls Tr228A, with a slightly more advanced descent on Angel Falls Loop Tr228B, which passes underneath a Covel Creek waterfall.

Burley Mountain Tr256 ascends at a steady pace through the remnants of early 1900's Cispus Valley forest fires, with black stumps remaining from the old forest. Not drawn, the Burley Mountain Lookout Tr256A leads to the 1934 Burley Mountain Lookout, one of three Gifford Pinchot lookouts still in use.

Covel Creek Tr228 ascends through mixed hardwood and conifer forest along Covel Creek, used by the Cispus Center for nature study.

The Area Map shows a more advanced day-hike, with a CCW loop of Boundary Tr1, Snagtooth Tr4, Quartz Creek Tr5 and French Creek Tr5C, using FR2900 as the TH.

Directions: Go on SR12 to the center of Randle then go south on combined FR23/FR25. Go left onto FR23 then go 8mi to FR28. Go .8mi on FR28 to FR2900 (bear left onto FR2900) and go 14.8mi to the end of the road at the Boundary Tr1 TH. View Larger Map. No Map?.

Rough, McCoy Peak, Yellowjacket, Langille Ridge Trail #259 Topo Map

OAB Directions

cliffside ride

Langille Ridge Area Topo Map

  • TH: Ride 1.6mi West on Boundary Tr1 to Langille Rdg Tr259, ascending 700' out of a drainage in the last .6mi to reach the ridgeline.
  • 1.6mi: Go right onto Langille Rdg Tr259 and continue to climb to Holdaway Butte, descend, then climb 900' to the next ridge top. Descend 1000' through noble fir and hemlock forest to the Rough Tr283 intersection.
  • 5mi: From the Rough Tr283 intersection, the trail drops into Bear Creek then starts the 1400' Langille Creek summit ascent. Pass the McCoy Peak Tr259A intersection at 6.7mi, then go by a small spring and pond at 6.9mi. #259A is a very primitive trail which may be hard to follow.
  • 7.6mi: At the summit, above the Langille Creek headwater drainage. Descend to Langille Peak (9.3mi) then return to TH.



Trail Index

This Ride

Boundary Trail 1, Langille Ridge Trail 259, McCoy Peak Trail 259A, Rough Trail 283, Yellowjacket Trail 1A


Angel Falls Loop Trail 228B, Burley Mountain Trail 256, Cispus Nature Trail 223, Covel Creek Trail 228, Covel Creek Falls Trail 228A, French Creek Trail 5C, Snagtooth Trail 4


Blue Lake Creek Campground, Iron Creek Campground, North Fork Cispus Campground, North Fork Group Campground, Pole Patch Campground, Tower Rock 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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