Johnson Ridge Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Skykomish, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,844 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

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forest

lake

views

wild flowers

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From Everett head east on US 2 for 49 miles to Skykomish. Continue east for 1 more mile, turn left onto Beckler River Road (Forest Road 65). Continue north for 6.9 miles to the pavement's end and a three-way junction (just before a bridge over Rapid River). Make a sharp right turn onto FR 6520. In 2.7 miles bear left at an unmarked junction, continuing on FR 6520 for another 4.2 miles to the road's end and trailhead

No real views until you get to the top of the ridge-line. I'll have to try again during the summer as the snow became too deep for me to make it all the way even with snow shoes.

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

This is a great ridge trail with amazing views. Wasn’t sunny on the way up, but once we got to the top it cleared up! Glacier Peak peaked out above the clouds for a little bit even! Really recommend heading all the way down to Joan Lake and creating an echo! Bugs were pretty tame. Road up is very narrow. Highly recommend!!

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9 months ago

really pretty hike. it's a rapid altitude gain in some spots but if youre in good shape it's easy to do in 4-5 hours round trip. I started at 130pm and got out at 7 and I climbed scorpion peak both in and out and took a nap on top. there are tadpoles in one of the ponds by the lake that you can play with and the last part of the ridgeline and the peak have stunning views.

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9 months ago

Did half today, great views from the top of glacier

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10 months ago

Beautiful trail. TH is at end of dirt road. Maybe room for 7-10 cars. There was 2 cars when I arrived at 8:30am July 25th. And 7 when I left. Road is in good condition but very narrow in places. The trail it self is in great shape. Steep but worth it. Lightly trafficked, around mile .7 if you have Binos or camera with decent zoom you can see Evergreen mountain lookout to the north. At mile 2. You will get the first view of glacier. If you can, go on a clear day. U will be able to even see Rainer once u make it to scorpion And many other peaks all around you. Bring a map if you can, to be able to tell the peaks apart. Joan lake is beautiful. But the way down it’s pretty steep. Lots of trout were eating bugs on the surface, also some smaller Trout in the little pond next to Joan lake. There is no switchbacks but there is plenty of flat places and shade allowing you to rest. Also I didn’t see the bears a lot of people talk about on WTA. No restrooms.

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11 months ago

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Fri Jan 11 2019

Road to the TH eventually became too snowy to drive on in our Ford Edge. We got stuck and once out we ended up parking and snowshoeing 3.4 miles to the TH- though views on the way up were spectacular and even more so on the way down because it was sunset. Once we got to the TH the path was pretty much fresh snow the whole way up to Sunrise Mtn. (About 2.3 miles). Most of the time you could pick out where the trail would be but in one section. With a lot of trees the trail was difficult to navigate and we ended up going off course and eventually finding our way back to the trail. On the way down it’s easy to attach into another trail going down so if you head too far right that’s where you could end up. We were the only ones on the mountain all day. Quiet and the views were beautiful from the top. Sunrise summit has trees but the views are still really good. From there you could see Glacier, Mt. Ferrow and Baker. Scorpion appeared to be in a cloud and with the added mileage to get to the trail we didn’t have enough daylight to attempt it. Minimal avalanche danger due to hiking along the ridge line.

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Tue Sep 04 2018

Great views at the top on both sides of the ridge that you’re hiking along, bugs were nonexistent (September 1) and it was a relatively easy hike after the first half mile or so.

Wed Feb 07 2018

This was truly beautiful in the summer. Our 6 year old was able to do it. Not sure why it's rated hard. It's long but there is only one hill that is crazy steep. the best blueberries ever are at the final destination.

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Sun Sep 03 2017

Mon Aug 14 2017

Pretty and rewarding. Awesome tiny blueberries along the way. I calculated 8 miles.

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Wed Jul 05 2017

My wife and I joined our group to hike to Scorpion Mountain. The weather was sunny and hot. Many flowers were blooming. Bugs were annoying. We drove east on US-2 from Monroe and turned left to Beckler Road 0.8 mile past Skykomish. After about 7 miles on Beckler Road the pavement ends and the road becomes a gravel road. Soon we turned sharply right to FR 6520. The road is in good condition except some overgrown bushes. You need to drive carefully if you don’t want to scratch your car. There is a Y intersection at 3.7 mile from Beckler Road where you take left. Then after 5.6 miles on FR 6520 stay right at a hair pin curve. We were the first to park at the small parking lot at 10 am. Another car followed us to the trailhead. There is no toilet or “forest pass required” sign at the trailhead. We started hiking soon after 10 am. There is a new bulletin board. We registered for our entry into Henry M. Jackson Wilderness Area. The trail was in good condition except for four trees down across the trail and several snow patches to cross in the second half of the trail. Three of the trees are passable by stepping over them and the fourth tree can be crawled under it. The snow patches are disappearing quickly and flowers are blooming. But the bugs were annoying. I had seven bug bites even though I used bug spray. We reached the summit around 12:45 pm at a leisurely pace. We enjoyed mountain views and wildflowers such as glacier lilies, Sitka valerians, arnicas, lupines, and many more. We left the summit at 1:30 pm and returned to our car by 3:45 pm. My car’s temperature gage said 86 F. Bring a lot of water, sun screen and bug repellant.

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Mon Aug 08 2011

Not near Leavenworth but Skykomish . Trail isn't easy to find its at the end of FR 6520 , park at the end and the trail starts in the corner . A little overgrown , very steep ups and downs through forest getting first to Sunrise Mountain then to a ridge leading to meadows and Scorpion Mountain , Snow on top of both Mountains ...If you keep going you get to a lake as well but still covert in Snow.Lots of flowers blooming and very nice view it's worth the hard work to get there ...

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