Trail #225 Smith Creek

Area Status: Unreachable

The Smith Creek Trail offers a chance to observe the immense impact of the 1980 eruption. This section is part of the popular Ape Canyon /Smith Creek Mountain Bike Loop.

The trail quickly drops from the trailhead at Forest Road 99 into the Smith Creek valley. Two waterfalls are located near the foot of the steep-descent. Following the valley bottom, the trail crosses Ape Canyon Creek and then Muddy River. Here the trail intersects Lava Canyon Trail #184. Continue downstream for 1 mile to the Lower Smith Creek Trailhead at Forest Road 8322.

Special Conditions: Loose pumice surface, especially at the northern end of the trail.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Winter conditions exist; expect snow and ice. Trailhead unreachable.
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Summer-Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Cougar, WA 
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters & Visitor Centers

General Information


  • Upper Smith Creek Trailhead (Road 99)
  • Lower Smith Creek Trailhead (Road 8322)

  • General Notes:

    Busy and popular Mountain Biking Trail.

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      Area/Length : 
    10.2 miles

      Elevation : 
    1600 - 4400


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