Cody Horse Camp, north of Mt. Adams, provides access to the 26-mile Klickitat Trail and other nearby trails. Because the horse camp is in the valley carved by the Cispus River, all of the riding here involves some elevation gain. This camp is lightly used, and the riding here isn’t for everyone. But if you’re looking for solitude, you’ll find it here.
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Distance: 50+ miles of riding
Elevation: 3,100 feet
You can ride the Midway Meadows Loop, which takes you to a historic guard station.
And your horse can enjoy a lunch break at the same time you do.
You can ride the Spring Creek Loop, a fun and very pretty loop on the Spring Creek and High Lakes Trails that will take you past Keenes Horse Camp.
You can cross the Cispus River and ride to panoramic viewpoints showcasing the Goat Rocks and Mt. Adams from the flanks of Elk Peak.
You can ride a long loop with beautiful mountain views on the Klickitat Trail and the PCT.
Cody Horse Camp
Cody Horse Camp is a very nice camp with 16 sites with highlines and cables, picnic tables, and fire rings, plus a vault toilet, manure bins, and potable water from a hand pump that also fills a stock water trough. You’ll also find day-use parking for 4-5 trailers.
Getting to Cody Horse Camp
From I-5, take Exit 68 (Yakima/White Pass) and head east on Hwy. 12. After 48.5 miles, in Randle, turn right on Hwy. 131. When the road makes a Y in 1 mile, veer left on Road 23. Follow it for 17.5 miles, then turn left on Forest Road 21 and continue 4.6 miles. Turn right on Road 56 and drive 4.9 miles, then turn right on Road 059 to reach the campground in 0.1 mile.
You’ll find more information about Cody Horse Camp and the surrounding trails in Riding SW Washington Horse Trails, by Kim McCarrel, (Ponderosa Press, 2018), available at www.nwhorsetrails.com.