4 miles
1,245 ft
-441 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Loowit #216: June Lake - Ape Canyon Trail


  • Riding Area
    Mt. Saint Helens
    Cougar, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #90592 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

This exciting trail circles Mount St. Helens, allowing you to experience the entire range of effects the 1980 eruption had on the mountain and the surrounding area. Loowit Trail #216 is a challenging hike across rough terrain. The entire route is 30 miles in length and each segment varies in its difficulty rating.
The trail is not crossed by a single road and can be accessed by "feeder" trails usually identified by the number #216 and a letter of the alphabet.

Water is limited in late summer. Year round springs are located at the following locations
1 mile from the Butte Camp/ Loowit Junction on the Butte Camp Trail.
1/4 mile from the Loowit Toutle Junction on the Toutle
1/2 mile from the Windy/ Loowit Junction.
There are additional water sources of snow melt and creeks around the mountain but these may be limited during late summer.

Restricted Area
The 10 mile segment north of Windy Pass and north of the South Fork of the Toutle is closed to off trail hiking, pets, bikes, fires and camping. Portions of this trail system enter the Restricted Area. Travel is allowed on approved trails only.
Off-trail travel and camping are prohibited to protect sensitive natural features and scientific studies. Research permits are required for off-trail travel.

Access Info

This section of the Loowit Trail #216 starts at the June Lake Trail #261B junction with Loowit trail #216 near June Lake. From this junction this section of the Loowit Trail travels north for about 4 miles to the Ape Canyon Trail #234 junction.
June Lake Trail #216B is the shortest access to Loowit Trail #216.


We suggest parking at Marble Mountain Sno-park. There are toilets but no water.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Loowit #216: June Lake - Ape Canyon bike trail
  • Altitude change
    803 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,387 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,509 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,391 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,194 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,403 ft
  • Avg time
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on Oct 2, 2018
Very Dry
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to loowit-216-june-lake-ape-canyon trailhead (46.153818, -122.157548)
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Loowit #216:... Trail Reports

Oct 2, 2018 @ 8:37am
Oct 2, 2018
lots of talus, not worth riding unless you hike unstable hikeabikes for miles
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