Loowit Trail #216- Ape Canyon to Windy Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This 3.7 mile section of the Loowit Trail #216 begins at the Ape Canyon Trail #234 junction and ends at the Windy Trail #216E junction.

Wind around the east side of Mount St. Helens and enjoy views of the surrounding area. Travel over Windy Pass and then descend to the Pumice Plain. View miles of landscape transformed by the power of a volcanic eruption.  

This intermittently maintained trail traverses the east side of Mount St. Helens. In places the trail location is identified by wooden post route markers and rock cairns. 


Ape Canyon Trail #234 provides access to this section of the Loowit Trail. Windy Trail #216E connects Truman Trail #207 to Loowit Trail #216.  

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Winter conditions exist. Expect snow and ice.
Usage: Light-Medium
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Travel is allowed on approved trails only. Off-trail travel, bicycles and camping are prohibited to protect sensitive natural features and scientific studies between Windy Pass and the South Fork Toutle River. Research permits are required for off-trail travel. 
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA; Randle, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Ape Canyon Trailhead and Windy Ridge Intepretive Site.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters & Visitor Centers

General Information


Ape Canyon Trailhead - Ape Canyon Trail #234 provides access to this section of the Loowit Trail. 

Windy Ridge Interpretive Site - Accesses the Truman Trail #207 which connect to Loowit Trail #216 via Windy Trail #216E.



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  Area/Length : 
3.7 Miles

  Elevation : 
4200' - 4850'


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