2 miles
288 ft
-328 ft
4,800 ft
High Point
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Loowit #216: Butte Camp - Ptarmigan Trail


  • Riding Area
    Mt. Saint Helens
    Cougar, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Alpine Trail
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking

This section of the Loowit trail provides an invigorating and challenging ride across the rough terrain typical of a young volcano. The trail climbs over lava flows reminiscent of rock gardens thick with heather and delicate mosses. Here you can enjoy excellent views as you travel along the southern slope of Mount St. Helens. Pass through the tall spires of scattered subalpine firs and mountain meadows speckled with wildflowers. See the backbone of Monitor Ridge looming larger and larger on the horizon as you near the junction of Ptarmigan Trail #216A.

This trail receives minimal maintenance and gains little elevation as it follows the timberline of Mount St. Helens. Steep ascents and descents can be expected over massive lava flows. The route is marked by wooden posts over sections with minimal trail tread.

Access Info

Red Rock Pass Trailhead (Forest Road 81) - accesses Toutle Trail #238 which leads to Butte Camp Trail #238A.
Climbers Bivoac Trailhead - accesses Ptarmigan Trail #216A. (This trailhead is not recommended as it is very busy in the summer.)

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More Stats for Loowit #216: Butte Camp - Ptarmigan bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -41 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,576 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,756 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,716 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    4,797 ft
  • Distance flat
    179 ft
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  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • Very Dry
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