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: 04/16/2015-Open -Trees down at approximetly 2.5 miles, passable. Early season condtions, Use caution, particularly at the top above Ape Canyon. The Plains of Abraham has patchy snow. Snow levels dropping to 3000 feet this weekend. Forest Road 99 is closed.
Fees $5/vehicle/day-On site payment not available
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Passes: Recreation 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

Directions:

From Cougar WA take Lewis River Road east for 2.8 miles. The road then changes to Forest Road 90. Continue on Forest Road 90 to Forest Road 83, approximately 4 miles and turn left. Drive Forest Road 83 for 8.4 miles to the Ape Canyon Trailhead. The trailhead is on the left just before the end of the road at the Lava Canyon Trailhead.


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:

Parking area is small and busy on the weekends.


Activities


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