Ape Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,539' 469 m
Descent: -226' -69 m
High: 4,189' 1,277 m
Low: 2,876' 877 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“A climb/decent up the base of Mt. St. Helens. It also connects to the IMBA epic, Plains of Abraham.”— Nick Alvey
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
To park here you need a Northwest Forest Pass which you can purchase online or on location (near the Ape Canyon Cave).
Once you get near the top, you'll leave the forest and head into ashen volcanic plains (marked as the ending point on the trail). You'll have an amazing view with some of the Pacific Northwest's tallest mountains surrounding you. You'll of course have Saint Helens in front of you, however depending on the visibility you can also have a clear view of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams all at this point.
It's from here that you can decide to tackle The Plains of Abraham, which is one of the IMBA epic trails that tracks the rider around the eastern perimeter of the volcano. It's a very favorable ride (as an IMBA epic should be), but considering the altitude gain, it is covered in snow most of the year. It's recommended to try tackling it from July to October.
Local Club: Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance