Smith Creek Trail Details
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 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
Sep 27, 2017 @ 7:50pmSep 27, 2017
|Upper Smith is closed above the stairs due to washouts, but it's mostly overgrown. Lower (what most people ride) is good, couple streams to...|
Jun 17, 2017 @ 11:27pmJun 17, 2017
|downed trees @ the south end, still some snow at the top|
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:00pmAug 30, 2016
|Follow orange flagging where the trail is washed out, puts you back on the main trail, adds to the ride, as does the small river fording at the...|