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:||07/01/22: Expect brushy conditions and areas with challenging trail tread. In addition, Lower Lava Canyon Trail is OPEN; however, note that south of the Muddy River Bridge, to Lower Smith Creek Trailhead, the trail is in poor condition. Tread has been damaged by weather in multiple places and very large trees are down across the trail. Visitors "through-hiking" Lava Canyon must be prepared for challenging conditions after crossing the last bridge on the Muddy River. Trailhead is best accessed by a high-clearance vehicle due to rough road conditions. Alert: 07/11/2022:
ALERT - Forest Road 99 Extension/#207 at Windy Ridge, is closed on weekdays and open on weekends through the end of this year. Learn more. Smith Creek "loop" will not be an option during closure days.
|Closest Towns:||Randle, WA, Cougar, WA|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
Busy and popular Mountain Biking Trail.
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