43 miles
13,630 ft
-13,978 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!

Perhaps best ridden as a North to South route, you'll gain the alpine area sooner than if ridden the other way.

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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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Sanctuary of Vulcan mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -348 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,109 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,469 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,121 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    20 miles
  • Distance down
    22 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
VOTR Lewis River Trail
VOTR Lewis River Trail
13:37 | 52 | comments: 0 | favs:
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
4:29 | 158 | comments: 2 | favs:
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
0:16 | 242 | comments: 0 | favs:
Oct 24, 2014
One of the longest log rides around

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Tongue Mountain Trail 294
Sep 4, 2017 @ 5:33pm
Sep 4, 2017
Very dry and loose. Rutted out by motorcycles in some sections, mostly near the top. Tree down on 2nd half of descent - can be climbed over. Descent is still fun, especially the 2nd half, if you're up to the challenge. In the future, I may try following NF-29 to the High Bridge Trail, and climbing High Bridge to Tongue Mountain. This would bypass some of the loose/rutted climbs/descents on the beginning of Tongue.
Lewis River Trail (Upper)
Jul 20, 2017 @ 2:26pm
Jul 20, 2017
Juniper Ridge #261
Jul 20, 2017 @ 11:56am
Jul 20, 2017
This is definitely a mountain bike trail you need to try right now! If you often have trouble deciding whether or not to hike or to go mountain biking, then this is the trail for you! Experience some of the most beautiful, and desolate, views in the state of Washington, all while carrying a bicycle on your back.  Besides, if you aren't carrying a bicycle on your back,  are you even really trying? If you've ever wondered what it's like to pedal up a descending trail, wonder no more, this is the trail for you! Do you enjoy balancing as you navigate moto ruts during your climbs? Say no more!  Be sure to bring all your friends, especially new biking partners and/or a new girlfriend or boyfriend.   Personally I think that whoever posted these trails on trailforks was either trying to get back at a friend, an insane climber, or a dirtbike salesman because after finishing riding these trails you will be convinced to buy one.  In all honesty, most of the climbs suck (or are walks)  but the descents are super fun and you probably won't see another soul especially if you go midweek.   The views of Adams are unparalleled, and Rainier, St Helens, and Hood are all in the distance.  As of 19 July, there are no trees on the trail and there was still snow in a few places off trail.   I rode this trail as a loop, going south from NF 2904, then rode the boundary trail to Langville Ridge be forming bailing halfway down "rough trail" and taking NF29 back to my car.   It was around 32 miles and 8k of climbing.
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