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Ape Canyon

Page Type: Trail

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Trail Type: Cross Country, Mountain

Technical Difficulty: Medium

Aerobic Difficulty: Hard

Layout: Out & Back

Elevation Gain: 1100 ft / 335 m

Length: 18.0 Mi / 29.0 Km

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Page By: jrex

Created/Edited: Oct 3, 2008 / Oct 11, 2008

Object ID: 267755

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TiD BiTs

ape 1
 
You can reach the trailhead on the south side of Mount St. Helens at the end of the 83 Road. The trail climbs a ridge along the east side of the Lahar mud flow. If you use your lowest gears, it is rideable all the way up. There are magnificent views of Mount St. Helens and the surrounding area. In some places the trail is carved into steep side slopes. At the top is a dramatic view of a waterfall cascading out from a sheer rock crevasse at the top of Ape Canyon. The ride can be extended on the Lowitt Trail, across the side of Mount St. Helens on the Plains of Abraham
(http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/recreation/mountainbikes/index.shtml)


The DowN LoW

 
ape 5
 
Park at the Marble Mtn ski area and ride past the gate 3 miles on road to the end. On the left side of the road you start up single track along the lahar. Climb climb climb because what goes up must come down. The first 4 miles are old growth forest trail that is smooth and steep. Once above the timberline the trail kind of levels off and you start the Loowit trail section riding across pumice and rock for a few more miles. Once you cross Windy Ridge a narrow spine that is called windy for a reason (high pucker factor) turn around and start the descent.

Do you need a map?

From Cougar, Washington just south of the mountain follow Hwy to Marble Mtn Ski area.

http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/recreation/trails/locations/msh-0234-ape-canyon.shtml

Bomb Times

Late Spring to Early Fall. Check snow levels

Fear Factor

ape 9
See the tiny bike in the middle?
Riding this trail could kill you or make you feel more alive than any other moment in life.

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