Trail #240 Sheep Canyon

Area Status: Unreachable

MSH from Loowit TR

This trail offers an excellent loop opportunity through a continually changing volcanic landscape. Use Toutle Trail #238 from the Bluelake Trailhead to access the Sheep Canyon Trail.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Forest Road 81 gated for the winter on the west side just past Kalama Horse Camp and on the east side at Cougar Sno-Park. Road snow and ice covered and not plowed. Trail snow covered.
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Horses are prohibited east of the junction with Toutle Trail 238. Check road access information. 
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters & Visitor Centers

General Information


Blue Lake Trailhead to Toutle Trail to access Sheep Canyon Trail.



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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.

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  Area/Length : 
2.5 Miles

  Elevation : 
3400' - 4600'


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