1.9 miles
Distance
325 ft
Climb
-213 ft
Descent
4,890 ft
High Point

Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Global Ranking

This section of the Loowit Trail #216 starts at the Sheep Canyon Trail #240 junction and runs south to the Butte Camp Trail #238A junction.

This section of the Loowit trail weaves in and out of timberline skirting Mount St. Helens' western slope. The trail crosses large glacial canyons and avalanche chutes that are more typical of Mount Rainier or Mount Adams, the Cascades' older and more weathered volcanoes.

Here you can enjoy the beauty of subalpine settings and a bounty of wildflowers during the summer season. Explore numerous mudflows and the rugged jumble of rock from past lava flows. Please stay on the trail and protect the fragile meadow of Upper Butte Camp where important plant succession research is taking place. Check out the panorama views to the south and east including views of Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Yale Reservoir and the Lewis River Valley.

This section of trail receives minimal maintenance and traverses the western slope of the mountain, connecting Sheep Canyon Trail #240 to Butte Camp Trail #238A. It gains little elevation on the route, descending and ascending steeply only out of the glaciated valleys.

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More Stats for Loowit #216: Sheep Canyon - Butte Camp mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    112 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,621 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,647 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,758 ft
  • Grade
    1.133%
  • Grade max
    -15.136%
  • Grade min
    50.703%
  • Distance climb
    4,701 ft
  • Distance down
    5,047 ft
  • Distance flat
    98 ft
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3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 2
flag vummartin (Oct 4, 2016 at 13:42)
 I believe this secton of trail is open to mountain bikes
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flag boxxerace TRAILFORKS (Oct 4, 2016 at 16:49)
 I may have been mistaken but I thought this was one of two sections where bikes are not allowed. I'll check the NPS page again to be sure. Let me know if you see anything that indicates this is legal trail. It's odd this trail is not allowed as everything up to it is.
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flag boxxerace TRAILFORKS (Oct 4, 2016 at 19:17)
 So I'm reading mixed results. This implies no: www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/giffordpinchot/recreation/bicycling/recarea/?recid=70753&actid=51

and here it says yes. www.mtbproject.com/trail/7008462

So I guess I'll edit this to reflect a tentative yes! Thanks for your comment. Any other feedback on trails in the area?
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