Smith Creek Butte and Mount St. Helens quadrangles.
Area Status: Open
Trail open to Mountain Bikes and Hikers. 5.5 miles one way.
Beginning next to the mudflow that traveled down the Muddy River drainage, the trail climbs steadily through a plantation of young trees before entering groves of giant Douglas fir, silver and noble fir. The trail then emerges on an open ridge top with views east into Ape Canyon and in the distance, Mount Adams. Wildflowers, when in bloom, paint these meadows in vibrant colors. Continuing along the ridge, the trail passes through patches of 1980 standing dead forest before emerging at the top of Ape Canyon, where it terminates at the junction with Loowit Trail #216.
At a Glance
12/15/2014: Caution at top of Ape Canyon. Busy with MT Bikers on weekends. 11/26/2014: Forest Road 83 is currently impeded by rock debris just past the intersection of Forest Road 81. One lane currently open, may not be sutiable for passenger cars. Use caution.