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Goose Prairie Trail #972

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This is a steady uphill to American Ridge that never quite provides the views it should.


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5.4

Miles

8.6

KM

77%

Runnable

5,952' 1,814 m

High

3,370' 1,027 m

Low

2,582' 787 m

Up

77' 23 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

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This trail enters a wilderness area, so wilderness regulations apply. Parking requires a day pass or Discover Pass.

Description

The trailhead is on the west side of Bumping River Road, while parking is on the east side. Spotting the trail can be a trick while driving.

From the signed trailhead, head onto the trail which briefly parallels the road. It then switches back south and gains some elevation. It appears some people cut this first switchback by shooting straight from the sign to the ridge - stay the trail. In the summer, the trail will pass through super-green undergrowth.

As of July 2017, from the moment you enter the wilderness area we started to encounter a ton of tree fall, which either makes running annoying or interactive depending on your preference. Some spots along the first half-mile of wilderness also suffered from erosion. Higher up the trail was in better condition. By the time you get to the steady switchbacks, about 1.5 miles in, the trail is great and the only remaining tree fall consists of massive logs rather than brush.

There is a great viewpoint at about a third of a mile in, and then after that the trail never quite opens up for the views that you'd hope for. You'll never actually see Bumping Lake from above either. However, the forest it heads through is beautiful and includes some massive old-growth trees. Aside from the roughly 0.5 miles of trail at the bottom of the wilderness, the trail is beautiful and never steep. The gradual nature of the trail makes it surprisingly easy going.

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Shared By:

Karl W

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Possibly the best view is near the beginning
Jul 30, 2017 near Tieton, WA
Occasionally the silence is broken by the roar of F-18s, which you'll hike/run above
Jul 30, 2017 near Tieton, WA
Flowers alongside the Goose Prairie Trail.
Jul 30, 2017 near Cle Elum, WA
Some of the tree fall is easier to get around than others
Jul 30, 2017 near Tieton, WA

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