11.4 miles
1,809 ft
-3,274 ft
4,334 ft
High Point
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Smith Creek Trail Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • TTFs on trail
  • Global Ranking

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.

Access Info

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.

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More Stats for Smith Creek Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,465 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,708 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,331 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,867 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4.8 miles
  • Distance down
    6.4 miles
  • Distance flat
    626 ft
  • Avg reverse time
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on Aug 30, 2016
Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)

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Smith Creek Trail Trail Reports

Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:00pm
Aug 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...
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Apr 13, 2017 @ 8:45pm
Apr 13, 2017
Smith Creek Trail, Cougar
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Apr 13, 2017 @ 8:45pm
Apr 13, 2017
Smith Creek Trail, Cougar
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Apr 17, 2016 @ 5:44pm
Apr 17, 2016
Smith Creek Trail, Amboy
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Apr 17, 2016 @ 5:35pm
Apr 17, 2016
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Some Smith Creek
1:41 | 219 | Sep 16, 2015 , Amboy
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