Windfarm Adventure

Total Miles
5.1

Elevation

1104.95 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

1

Easy

Best Time

spring, summer, fall

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Trail Overview

This easy gravel road takes you through the Puget Sound Energy Wild Horse Wind Farm. A typical passenger car can handle this section with ease. Starting at the closed gate (season dependent), on the keypad, enter the pin code found on the gate itself to access the wind farm. Note, a free access permit is required and can be found here https://www.pse.com/pages/tours-and-recreation/wild-horse/wild-horse-access-request. The gravel road is nicely graded, and as you wind between the behemoth wind turbines, you'll have beautiful views of the valleys below. On a clear day, you can see Mt. Rainer and Mt. Adams in the distance to the southwest. About 4.5 miles up, you'll come to a cattle gate. Simply open the gate and close it behind you. You'll now be in the Quilomene Wildlife Area. Past the gate, trails can be very rutted, rocky, muddy, or covered in snow, season dependent. High clearance 4X4 may be needed in some areas. On top of the ridge at the end of this track, there is a very flat and wide-open area where you'll have amazing views of the entire area and a great place for lunch. This area can be used as a launchpad for many other off-road trails, camping, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Travel in this area is restricted to Green Dot Roads only. Additional Green Dot maps that show restricted areas for wintering elk can be found here https://wdfw.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2021-05/11x17_greendot_whiskey_dick___quilomene.pdf

Difficulty

Easy

Technical Rating

1

Access Description

Navigate to Wild Horse Wind Farm visitors center. Continue past the visitor center to the gate protected with a keypad. The code for the keypad is found on the gate.