2 miles
Distance
549 ft
Climb
-264 ft
Descent
4,520 ft
High Point
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Details

  • Riding Area
    Mt. Saint Helens
    Cougar, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #95368 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

The Smith Creek Trail offers a chance to observe the immense impact of the 1980 eruption. This section is part of the popular Ape Canyon /Smith Creek Mountain Bike Loop.

The trail quickly drops from the trailhead at Forest Road 99 into the Smith Creek valley. Two waterfalls are located near the foot of the steep-descent. Following the valley bottom, the trail crosses Ape Canyon Creek and then Muddy River. Here the trail intersects Lava Canyon Trail #184. Continue downstream for 1 mile to the Lower Smith Creek Trailhead at Forest Road 8322.

Special Conditions: Loose pumice surface, especially at the northern end of the trail.

More Stats for Smith Creek Trail #225 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    286 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,036 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,045 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,331 ft
  • Grade
    3.551%
  • Grade max
    -28.869%
  • Grade min
    43.218%
  • Distance climb
    4,840 ft
  • Distance down
    2,724 ft
  • Distance flat
    492 ft
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      flag tecla (Jan 29, 2019 at 22:04)
       This should probably be removed and rerouted to just follow the road. It's roughly 400 steps to get up to the observatory above spirit lake and I certainly wouldn't bother hiking my bike up it. If you are doing the smith creek loop just ride up NF99 until the smith creek trailhead on the right.
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