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.
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.
Boundary Trail 1, Langille Ridge Trail 259, McCoy Peak Trail 259A, Rough Trail 283, Yellowjacket Trail 1A
Bishop Ridge Trail 272, Blue Lake Butte Trail 119, Blue Lake Ridge Trail 271, Cispus Lookout Trail 127, Dark Meadow Trail 263, Dry Creek Trail 125, East Canyon Ridge Trail 265, Hamilton Buttes Trail 118, High Bridge Trail 293, Green Mtn Trail 110, High Lakes Trail 116, Jumpoff Trail 271A, Juniper Ridge Trail 261, Keenes Trail 120, Klickitat Trail 7, Kraus Ridge Trail 275, Pompey Peak Trail 128, Quartz Creek Trail 5, Spring Creek Trail 115, Sunrise Trail 262, Tongue Mountain Trail 294, Valley Trail 270, Wobbly Creek Trail 273, Yozoo Tr276
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
Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.