Burnt Cabin Trail

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Distance: 3 mi. / 4.8 km
Altitude (max): 4864 ft. / 1482.5 m
Altitude (min): 2566 ft. / 782.2 m
Elevation Gain: 938 ft. / 285.9 m
Elevation Loss: -3206 ft. / -977.1 m
Season: 
June-October

The trailhead is a few miles down the road from Target Meadows Campground. The trail begins the only way it can, by switching back repeatedly on the canyon walls. You may want to start counting switchbacks so you can count up on the way back. Many of the switchbacks are tight and rocky, but the trail “straight” sections are safely rideable. However, riding back up them will be nearly impossible as the climb begins to get steep after leaving the stream.
Near the bottom, a creek crossing gets the trail headed straight for the south fork of the Walla Walla River. Some of the vegetation can impinge in the trail in this section. Also, loss of vegetation due to some past fires caused 3 sections of mudslides across the trail. Since this, the mud had filtered out leaving talus across the trail. The trail has recently been re-routed and is now rideable again. At the bottom of the trail a bridge will lead you right onto a "T" with the South Fork Trail.

Driving Directions

  • From Langdon Lake near Tollgate, look for the Jubilee Lake sign and turn onto this paved road.
  • Drive 0.3 miles and turn left at the sign that points to Target Meadows Campground. This is a gravel road
  • After driving 1.5 miles on the gravel, there will be a right turn marked by a sign for the campground.
  • The campground is half a mile down this road. Continue driving through the campground for another half mile to the trailhead parking, where the road terminates.
  • Trailhead location: N45 48.914 W118 04.971

Pictures from Burnt Cabin Trail

^ Crossing the Walla Walla River.