16.4 miles
Distance
2,903 ft
Climb
-2,904 ft
Descent
4,563 ft
High Point

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Detailed Description
Ape Canyon to Plains of Abraham (IMBA Epic) is a highly rated 16 mile popular intermediate route located near Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Washington. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 69 trails. This route climbs 2,903 ft with a max elevation of 4,563 ft then descends -2,904 ft.
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101 Reviews & Comments

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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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splanken (Jul 23, 2022 at 6:26)
Rode this this week. Trail in great condition. Views are epic. Was a mega bloom on the plains.
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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karoltu (Jul 13, 2021 at 22:28)
Lots of steep sections, but an epic reward beyond tree line.

Returning downhill is fun and rolling mostly
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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lancinho (Jun 20, 2020 at 12:56)
The road to the trailhead is now open and Ape Canyon and Plains trail are cleared and in good shape.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
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ztilla (Aug 10, 2018 at 12:27)
The most eerie, surreal, majestic rides I’ve ever done. Must ride if you’re in the area. Ride beautiful singletrack through the forest of Ape Canyon with viewpoints of Mt. St. Helens and then BAM! You’re on the moon! Trees snapped like matchsticks, but beautiful wildflowers line parts of the trail. Epic is an appropriate word.
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More Stats for Ape Canyon to Plains of Abraham (IMBA Epic) mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,874 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,875 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,874 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -60%
  • Grade min
    48.2%
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,527 ft
Avg: 4.15 (8 votes)

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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Ape Canyon Trail
Sep 24, 2022 @ 7:44am
Sep 24, 2022
Dry and loose. Pretty technical in places.
Plains of Abraham
Sep 23, 2022 @ 10:01am
Sep 23, 2022
Good stuff, as usual. Trail felt a little looser that past rides, maybe due to extreme dryness.
Loowit #216: Ape Canyon - Windy
Sep 23, 2022 @ 10:01am
Sep 23, 2022
Great trail, as usual. Feeling extra dry from the lack of rain this year.
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