Smith Creek Trail Details
Riding areaMt. Saint Helens
Voted DifficultyBlue (1 vote)
Bike typeAM, XC
DirectionBoth DirectionsPopular direction shown
TTFs on trailBridge
This is an epic ride especially combined with Ape Canyon-Plains of Abraham.
Not sure if an out and back is worth it, just ride the loop!
Park at the bottom next to the river and grind out the 3000' ascent to the Plains. Continue north and work your way to the visitors center and main road. The trailhead for Smith Creek is only a mile or so north east of Spirit Lake overlook.
The descent is fun and full of volcanic sand, super loose controlled slides. It may be more set up when wet.
It's an adventure and there is minor route finding involved.
Bring water or a filter and be prepared for a wilderness adventure.
Park at Ape Canyon trailhead to do the full loop and be ready for the 1500' ascent at the end of a long ride back to the car. Or park at the river and get the long climb out of the way.
Local Trail Association
More Stats for Smith Creek Trail mountain bike trail
Altitude change-1,465 ft
Altitude min1,708 ft
Altitude max4,334 ft
Altitude start4,331 ft
Altitude end2,867 ft
Distance climb5 miles
Distance down6 miles
Distance flat626 ft
Avg reverse time00:00:18
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Smith Creek Trail Trail Reports
Aug 24, 2018 @ 9:24amAug 24, 2018
|Upper Smith Creek has some blowouts / washouts on the traverse out to the initial switchbacks. Once down the descent trail is in good shape. A...|
Aug 12, 2018 @ 9:39amAug 12, 2018
|Dry and loose. Lots of brush. Desperate need of clearing. Narrow trail with drop offs and over grown brush make for an interesting ride. Still...|
Jul 21, 2018 @ 3:03pmJul 21, 2018
|Small tree down across trail, can ride over or around Large tree down across trail, blocking trail Overgrown vegetation, the first bit is pretty...|
Jul 9, 2018 @ 9:22amJul 9, 2018
|Overgrown vegetation on the first half of the descent, but I found it fine after that. If you're used to riding Smith Creek, I would keep riding...|
Jun 16, 2018 @ 10:08pmJun 16, 2018
|Limbs down EVERYWHERE, almost 80% of the trail is overgrown. Watch out for missing signage if going towards ape Canyon and beware of the WRONG...|