Ape Canyon Trail #234


Ape Canyon Trail #234

Smith Creek Butte and Mount St. Helens quadrangles.

Area Status: Open
This area is 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

Current Conditions: 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.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Passes: A Northwest Forest Pass is required. Passes available at Lava Canyon.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters and Visitor Centers   See also: South Side - SR 503, Forest Roads 83 & 90 Provides access to Loowit Trail

General Information


 Access trail from: Ape Canyon Trailhead on Forest Road 83 or Loowit Trail 216.

General Notes:

Ape Canyon Trail # 234 is a popular trail for both hikers and mountain bikers.  Visitors can expect high mountain bike use on the weekends. Please be curtious and share the trail.


Parking area is busy on the weekends.



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