43 miles
13,428 ft
-13,706 ft
1 miles
High Point

ORV motorcycles also use this trail network

Bisected by two of Washington's major volcanoes, this 'sanctuary' route offers a high quantity of time to praise the views afforded by the trails on this route. The views are not evident at the beginning of this route as one has to earn his or her way into the alpine. The portion of trail that runs adjacent to the Lewis River and Quartz Creek offer plenty of chances to cool off. The northern portion has less opportunity to cool off, or collect water, so pack accordingly. Note: This IS as stupid hard route with a massive amount of climbing and descending. Few can undertake such a route in it's entirety!

Recommended direction is from South to North.

This is the longest route possible with continuous singletrack. If looking for a shorter ride, consider beginning from the upper Lower Lewis River / Quartz Creek trailhead and climbing North to the alpine burn area.

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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 2
flag i-g-o-r (Sep 7, 2018 at 12:14)
 I would go the other way
  • + 1
flag boxxerace TRAILFORKS (Sep 7, 2018 at 15:01)
 Thanks Igor. Changing the description to be South to North.

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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Sanctuary of Vulcan mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -278 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,158 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,469 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,192 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    20 miles
  • Distance down
    22 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
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      VOTR Lewis River Trail
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      Feb 19, 2018
      A video description of the Lewis River trail, quite possibly one of the best rides in SW Washington.
      Winter Stoke
      Winter Stoke
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      Feb 1, 2016
      Travis Cothren & Kevin Knorr going out for the first bike trip of the year
      Lewis River Trail log ride
      Lewis River Trail log ride
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      Oct 24, 2014
      One of the longest log rides around

      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      Juniper Ridge #261
      Sep 19, 2018 @ 8:02pm
      Sep 19, 2018
      Rode NF29 to Dark Meddows to Juniper Ridge (South to North) and Tounge Mtn back to the car. The graph on my Android was backwards (or the start and finish dots are wrong) so all the ups were downs and the downs were up. Still super worth it if you like hike a bikes and a wicked descent into Tounge Mtn and Tounge Mtn itself.
      Sunrise Trail #262A
      Sep 2, 2018 @ 9:11pm
      Sep 2, 2018
      It’s a steep and narrow moto trail that’s pretty much unridable uphill. I had to push my bike from behind since there was too much brush along the trail. The views are nice though and the lookout trail is fairly short. When going northbound take the lower trail and then go back to reach the lookout. I think it’s and easier option. But don’t have any illusions you are pushing either way.
      Tongue Mountain Trail #294
      Sep 2, 2018 @ 8:56pm
      Sep 2, 2018
      Recently brushed and in the best condition ever! Still some dust thru the steep rough sections but the lower, flow part is superb. Go ride it!
      Quartz Creek Trail #5
      Jul 23, 2018 @ 12:44am
      Jul 23, 2018
      Trail is clear and well trafficked by hikers up until crossing Snagtooth Creek, which is just before the junction with Quartz Creek Butte Trail #5B. From here the trail becomes increasingly steep and overgrown with many blow-down. Expect slow going and many hike-a-bike sections from Snagtooth Creek until reaching the trail's terminus at Boundary Trail #1 (I averaged less than 3mph on this section of the climb). If you are looking for a fast, rough, and rowdy descent, I highly recommend descending Summit Prairie Trail #2 which is a motorized trail and is currently clear of blow-down and brushed. It's a chill 4mi downhill road ride on FR90 from the bottom of Summit Prairie back to the Quartz Creek trail head.
      Lewis River Trail (Upper)
      Jul 20, 2017 @ 2:26pm
      Jul 20, 2017
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