4.4 miles
Distance
1,613 ft
Climb
-309 ft
Descent
01:42:45
Avg time
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    Land Manager

Ape Canyon Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #3443 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #57513 in Trail Running
    • #20704 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in Trail Running
    • 100 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
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Ape Canyon Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    1,303 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,876 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,179 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,876 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,180 ft
  • Grade
    5.6%
  • Grade max
    -21.3%
  • Grade min
    48.2%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    4,833 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,650 ft
  • Avg time
    01:42:45
  • Avg reverse time
    01:06:22
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Status:
on Jul 23, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 4.8 (27 votes)
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Trail Conditions
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
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  • Very Dry
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      Ape Canyon Trail Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 4 rides
      • 29 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 40 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      All
      • 642 rides
      • Last: Aug 6, 2022

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      154 |
      Aug 8, 2021 @ 1:48pm
      Aug 8, 2021
      159 |
      Aug 8, 2021 @ 1:25pm
      Aug 8, 2021
      984 |
      Jun 12, 2017 @ 8:08pm
      Jun 12, 2017
      1,356 |
      Apr 17, 2016 @ 6:30pm
      Apr 17, 2016

      Routes with this trail

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      titledistance
      Ape Canyon to Plains of Abraham (IMBA Epic)16 miles
      Ape canyon & smith creek loop23 miles
      Mount St. Helens Weekender78 miles
      Ape Canyon Trail9 miles

      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      KRob (Oct 5, 2021 at 10:27)
      How does Ape Canyon and Plains of Abraham hold up in the rain? Sticky mud or rideable?
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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]
      • + 1
      gafoto (Aug 2, 2019 at 23:12)
      Avoid on the weekends. The traffic makes this pretty mediocre to ride downhill.
      [Reply]





      Videos

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      youtuber VOTR Ape Canyon to Smith Creek
      14:26 | 641 | Jul 25, 2019 , Amboy
      youtuber VOTR Ape Canyon to Plains of Abraham
      9:13 | 818 | Jul 31, 2018 , Amboy
      youtuber Ape Canyon Full Moon
      2:51 | 540 | Jul 31, 2018 , Amboy
      rippin st helens
      4:09 | 146 | Oct 15, 2019 , Amboy
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