Trail #225 Smith Creek
Hikers using the trail from the Lower Smith Creek trailhead should be aware of obstacles including downed trees, eroded cliff areas and loose trail tread.
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:||11/21/2023: The lower trailhead is inaccessible due to a mudslide on Forest Road 83. Access via Forest Road 99 is open. Due to a landslide of Forest Road 25, Randle and Forest Road 99 will be inaccessible from Cougar. Winter closure begins December 1st or with significant snowfall. Learn More.|
|Closest Towns:||Randle, WA, Cougar, WA|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
Busy and popular Mountain Biking Trail.
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