Ape Canyon-Smith Creek Epic | Sunday Group Ride | July 27
Carpool to leave Velo Cult at 8am.
This ride is for strong and fit riders looking to challenge their endurance.
Many riders forego this option in favor of simply riding out and back on the Ape Canyon Trail beyond the Plains of Abraham. Some may adventure all the way out to Windy Pass for the views into Spirit Lake, accepting the grueling fate of hiking back up the "stairs."
The Smith Creek loop may miss out on the fun and zippy descent down Ape Canyon, but will get more than a fair share of advenure on this primitive trail. It covers a lot of dynamic terrain with a glimpse into the volcano's past. It is remote and offers unique challenges for the hardy mountain biker.
The route I am proposing is to drive down Rd 8322 to the lower Smith Creek Trailhead and start from there, getting the climb out done first instead of at the end of the day. It also adds over 4 miles of singletrack on the lower Lava Canyon Trail (2 miles in each direction).
I did this ride last weekend and it covered 30 miles with 5200ft climbing and took me 7 hours with frequent stops for pics.
This shot of Ape Canyon was taken on July 29, 1980.
Though this is an epic ride, we are planning to make it a little more bearable by arranging a sag wagon to meet us at Windy Pass with food and refreshments. Details will follow as the group materializes.
Even with the sag wagon, this is not a begginer ride. It is upper intermediate to advanced. Even with the sag wagon, plan on bringing plenty of water and ride food.
Please chime in if you are interested or have questions!