Walker Valley ORV Area
Walker Valley ORV ParkDifficulty:
More to Most Difficult
Pass Required: Washington St. Discover Pass
In June of 2012 we were contacted by Off Road Adventures magazine about doing an article on a local ORV park. ORA was particularly interested in Walker Valley. It had been several years since we had last visited the Walker Valley ORV park and we decided it was about time we made the journey to check out what was new. Along with a few of our close friends from the Bonney Lake Jeep club (B.L.A.S.T.) we took a day and hit the trails.
Located about 65 miles north of Seattle and just east of Mount Vernon, Washington, Walker Valley ORV park provides dedicated trails for 4x4s, ATVs and motorcycles. The parking area has a ramp for loading and unloading ATVs and motorcycles, two pit toilets and parking for rigs with trailers for those that need to trailer their 4x4 to the area. Visitors to the park need to be in possession of a Washington State Discover Pass. Passes are available almost anywhere fishing or hunting licenses are sold and cost $10 for a daily pass or $30 for a yearly pass. If you need a pass quickly, you can purchase a daily pass online from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and print it out for immediate use. More information on the passes can be found online at discoverpass.wa.gov
Although there is only about 10 miles or less of actual 4x4 trails here, Upper Mainline and Expressway offer the most challenge with steep rutted, rocky hill climbs punctuated with the occasional tree root just waiting to push a tire off the bead. Expressway features an obstacle called the “wall,” a steep off camber rock climb that is well known by the locals for lots of rollovers. The newest trail added in 2009, with help from the Timber Tamers Jeep Club, is called Humps and Bumps. Although it's not a difficult trail, it does give access to a “play area” where the more hard core off road machines can have some fun testing their limits. Because the park is at an elevation below 2500ft it's one of the last ones affected by snow in the state and usually one of the first available in the spring when the snows do melt.
Walker Valley is quintessential northwest wheeling, mud, rocks, roots and ruts. If you have the need for a quick day of mild to wild wheelin", give Walker Valley a try.
Walker Valley is located 7 miles SE of Mt Vernon off highway 9 in the Big Lake neighborhood, the road to Walker Valley ORV Park 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 staging area on your right. Alternately you can take SR 538 from Mount Vernon to Hwy 9 and follow Hwy 9, 4 miles south to the Walker Valley Road.
Walker Valley ORV Park Map (4.6 mb)
Shows ATV, motorcycle and 4x4 trails in PDF format, Provided by Washington State DNR
Video from our Walker Valley Run (2 min, Broadband only as this is a big file, 14.1mb)