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7 miles
Distance
1,639 ft
Climb
-1,494 ft
Descent
02:37:29
Avg time
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Toutle Trail Details

  • Riding area
    Mt. Saint Helens
    Cougar, Washington
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    May to October
  • eBike Allowed
  • Ride in rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    US Forest Service

Trail open to Horses, Hikers and Mountain Bikes and is 13.6 miles one way. The trail starts at Kalama Horse Camp and follows the spring-fed Kalama River and ends near the South Fork Toutle River at Loowit Trail #216.

The trail starts at Kalama Horse Camp and follows the spring-fed Kalama River. Passing through moss-carpeted lava flows and a mixed conifer forest, the trail junctions with Blue Lake Horse Trail #237, 3.7 miles from the horse camp. Reaching McBride Lake, the trail climbs above the lake with views of Mount St. Helens. Forest Road 81 is crossed at Red Rock Pass, 5.7 miles from Kalama Horse Camp.

Leaving Red Rock Pass, the trail crosses a 1,900-year-old lava flow before entering a lodgepole pine forest. Butte Camp Trail #238A splits to the north as the Toutle Trail travels west, reaching the Blue Lake Trailhead, 3.2 miles from Red Rock Pass. Blue Lake is passed as the trail enters an old-growth forest. The trail climbs northward to Huckleberry Saddle and the second junction with Blue Lake Horse Trail #237. From this junction the trail continues northward, to its intersection with Sheep Canyon #240. Horses are not allowed beyond this junction.

About a quarter mile section before Blue Lake the trail crosses a lahar which can be difficult to ride becuase of the rocks.

From Blue lake the trail climbs through an old growth forest before reaching Huckleberry Pass. The trail does continue beyond Huckleberry Pass to the South Fork of Toutle River. The return includes a fast and fun downhill from Huckleberry Pass to Blue Lake.

Access Info

Access at Red Rock Pass off Forest Service Road 81

Disclaimer

Note: Forest Road 8123 is decommissioned at the Blue Lake Trailhead and Sheep Canyon trailhead is no longer accessible by car.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Toutle Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    145 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,102 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,968 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,112 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,257 ft
  • Grade
    0.37%
  • Grade max
    -44.082%
  • Grade min
    39.734%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,908 ft
  • Avg time
    02:37:29
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Toutle Trail Trail Reports

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Sep 8, 2018 @ 7:46pm
Sep 8, 2018
Great conditions. Good ride and beautiful fall scenery.
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Aug 23, 2018 @ 8:56am
Aug 23, 2018
Toutle Trail, Cougar

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