Trail #240 Sheep Canyon
At a Glance
|11/21/2023: Sheep Canyon Trail is open.
|Forest Road 81 normally melts out toward the end of May. Closes with snow or Nov. 30.
|No fee or pass required at Red Rock Pass or Blue Lake Trailheads. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.
Horses are prohibited on:
From the Sheep Canyon Trailhead the trail gently ascends into an old-growth forest. The trail then follows the canyon edge of Sheep Creek where a 75-foot ribbon of water streaming down a solid rock cliff can be seen. Sheep Creek was scoured to bedrock by an abrasive mudflow in 1980 that banked from side to side as it roared down the valley. The trail merges with Toutle Trail #238 for several hundred feet before branching eastward and crossing a small side stream on a bridge. Continuing, the trail passes through forest and over old lava flows before ending at the junction with Loowit Trail #216. To extend your walk, travel north then west on Loowit Trail #216 to the South Fork Toutle River and junction with Toutle Trail #238. Take the Toutle Trail south to the Sheep Canyon Trail and back to your starting point. This loop is 7.1 miles long.