5 miles
Distance
2,015 ft
Climb
-517 ft
Descent
01:45:00
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Ape Canyon Trail

Ape Canyon Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Mt. Saint Helens
    Cougar, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #1146 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 85 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    USFS

Amazing Ride with Amazing scenery This trail is ridden as an out and back fantastic views of Mount Saint Helens, lava flows, Ape Canyon and of the surrounding area! Ridden as an out and back, it can be extanded by continuing on the Plains of Abraham. The only downfall of this trail is it is an out and back and is popular with hikers, so you need to watch your speed as you will come across other people going both up and down.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Ape Canyon Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,498 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,870 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,368 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,870 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,368 ft
  • Grade
    5.656%
  • Grade max
    -23.002%
  • Grade min
    36.637%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,209 ft
  • Avg time
    01:45:00
  • Avg reverse time
    00:56:26
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Status:
on Jul 5, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 4.75 (23 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to ape-canyon-trail trailhead (46.165339, -122.091402)
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      Ape Canyon Trail Trail Reports

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      Jul 5, 2020 @ 10:47am
      Jul 5, 2020
      Jun 22, 2020 @ 9:30pm
      Jun 22, 2020
      Road is open. Trail is in great shape. Lots of hikers on a Sunday afternoon.
      May 17, 2020 @ 12:38pm
      May 17, 2020
      We had to ride on the road 5 miles to get to the trail head. There was patchy snow on the road, and some patches on the northeast upper portions...
      Nov 7, 2019 @ 7:41am
      Nov 7, 2019
      nov. 7, 2019: Trail is great condition. Some wet roots and leaf patches and an occasional ice mud patch, but overall great! Single layer temps...
      Oct 11, 2019 @ 6:43pm
      Oct 11, 2019
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 13 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 36 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
      All
      • 264 rides
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      Photos

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      113 |
      Feb 18, 2020 @ 9:12pm
      Feb 18, 2020
      283 |
      Oct 9, 2018 @ 11:52pm
      Oct 9, 2018
      519 |
      Jun 12, 2017 @ 8:08pm
      Jun 12, 2017
      918 |
      Apr 17, 2016 @ 6:30pm
      Apr 17, 2016

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Ape Canyon to Plains of Abraham (IMBA Epic)
      16 miles
      Helens Out and Back
      10 miles

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
       Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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.
      [Reply]

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      youtuber VOTR Ape Canyon to Smith Creek
      14:26 | 252 | Jul 25, 2019 , Cougar
      youtuber VOTR Ape Canyon to Plains of Abraham
      9:13 | 440 | Jul 31, 2018 , Cougar
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      2:51 | 291 | Jul 31, 2018 , Cougar
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