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By: Dave Helgeson

Places to Ride: Walker Valley near Mt. Vernon, Washington

Staging Area
Staging Area

Nice Dual Track Through the Forest
Nice Dual Track Through the Forest

Logging Road for Mom & The Kids
Logging Road for Mom & The Kids

Easy Trail From Staging Area
Easy Trail From Staging Area

4x4 Trails Make for Easy Riding
4x4 Trails Make for Easy Riding

Walker Valley offers something for every ORV user group. Single track for bikes, dual track for ATVs and 4x4 trails for those that wish to play in bigger vehicles. There is also something for every member of the ATVing family. Some of the dual track is rated easiest for children and beginners. The majority of the 4x4 trails are pretty tame making them suitable routes for beginner, intermediate riders and larger ATVs. The forest service roads and 4x4 trails also provide shorter and faster access to many of the more remote dual tracks, allowing you to explore all the area has to offer without having to back track on the same trail. If you are looking for a challenge, head up Pat’s Trail and be ready to gain some elevation on a very rough trail. Elevation in the riding area is between 500 ft. and 3,000 ft.

I recommend that you take a compass on your first visit. While the trails are fairly well signed, junctions (especially with the roads) are not. It can become difficult to determine which end of the trail you are entering/exiting. On a cloudy day with no visible landmarks or orientation from the sun, knowing north from south becomes very important.

Maximum vehicle width on designated ATV trails is 48”. Wider vehicles, including UTVs, need to stay on the 4x4 trails. The area is open year around, weather permitting.

For the most updated trail map showing designated single track, dual track and 4x4 trails, click on: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/eng_ ... 2_full.pdf at the bottom right of the trail map is a local map showing how to reach the trail system.

Camping:

Self contained RVs are allowed to camp anywhere along the Walker Valley Mainline. Tent campers are required to camp in the staging area near the outhouse.

Getting There:

Walker Valley ORV Area is located 7 miles SE of Mt. Vernon off highway 9 in the Big Lake neighborhood. The road to Walker Valley ORV Area is well marked and easy to find. From I-5, take exit 221. Go east on SR 534 for 5 miles and turn left onto SR 9. Drive north for 6 miles (milepost 46) and turn right onto Walker Valley Road. Go 2 miles and turn right onto Peter Burns Rd (a one-lane gravel road). After about 1 mile you will see the parking area on your right. Alternately you can take SR 538 (exit 227 from I-5) from Mount Vernon to Hwy 9 and follow Hwy 9, 4 miles south to the Walker Valley Road.

Services:

Full services are available in the nearby towns of Mt. Vernon, Burlington and Sedro Woolley, Washington.

Rules and Regulations:

On DNR Land:

  • Fires are only allowed in designated areas
  • Pack out garbage
  • Do not alter or remove vegetation
  • Do  not ride in streams, muddy areas, wetlands or on road embankments
  • ATVs and motorcycles must be equipped with a USFS approved spark arrestor
  • No shooting and/or paint balling in DNR designated recreation sites

On DNR Forest Roads:

  • Only licensed drivers, street-legal OR valid ORV tagged vehicles are allowed
  • Riders under 13 years of age must be under direct supervision of a person who has a valid driver’s license and is at least 18 years of age
  • Helmets required for ATV and motorcycle riders
  • Speed limit is 25 miles per hour
  • Yield right of way to heavy equipment and logging trucks

On DNR Trails:

  • Ride from dawn to dusk only
  • Ride only on designated trails

For Additional Information:

Washington Department of Natural Resources
919 N. Township St.
Sedro Woolley, WA 98284 (Regional Office)
Phone: 360-856-3500
http://www.dnr.wa.gov/ContactDNR/Pages/Home.aspx

Be safe, enjoy, and I hope to see you on the trails.


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