Mount St Helens

Mount St Helens Advisory Committee Meeting - Kelso

Mount St Helens Advisory Committee is holding a meeting at the County Commissioners Hearing Room in Kelso at 6PM.  For Longview/Kelso area mountain bikers this will be the last chance to make a comment on the Committee's recommendations before they present their report to Washington's Congressional Delegation.


Butte Camp - Toutle Trail Work Party

The Mount St Helens Institute, in partnership with PUMP, is holding a joint work party on the weekend of July 18 and 19 on the Toutle and Butte Camp Trails!  We will camp up at Butte Camp on the slopes of Mount St Helens.  Feel free to join us for a days work, or for two days! 

Toutle and Butte Camp Trails work party

The Mount St Helens Institute and NWTA will be holding a joint work party on the Toutle (238) and Butte Camp (238A)Trails on the south-west side of Mount St Helens on Saturday and Sunday July 18th and 19th.  This can be a one or two day work party depending on what you are able to do!  Please pre-register on line at:, or registration will occur between 9:00 and 9:15 a.m.


Ape Canyon trail attempt!

We are going to attempt a late season ride on the Ape Canyon Trail.  Riding up there on the last day of November will be quite a feat!  Has it ever been ridden so late?!  Expect some chilly temperatures.  Weather report calls for clear skies though.  There will most likely be some snow on the Plains of Abraham, but the opportunity to photograph that area this late in the season is compelling!  IF conditions are not conducive to riding up there we will ride Siouxon Creek instead.


PUMP recognized for Smith Creek trailwork

Camping near Ape Canyon

I'm planning a trip to Oregon/Washington at the end of this month. A friend recommended Ape Canyon and I'm looking for a good campsite somewhere in that area. Could anyone recommend one?

Thanks much,



Marin County, CA


Ape Canyon and Smith Creek Loop ttrails, Aug 31, 2008

The following are photos taken on the long, fun, tiring, chilly, exhilarating Ape Canyon/Smith Creek loop trail trip on Sunday August 31, 2008:

At the Ape Canyon trailhead parking lot, after a 5 mile ride over Forest service Road 83.

Smith Creek, Mount St Helens, WA

We'll be putting in a full day of work on the Smith Creek Trail in our attempt to get it rideable in advance of the Labor Day loop ride.  Expect to ride 10 miles before work begins and a fun, fast descent in to Smith Creek!  After working all day expect a 1500' climb out of Smith Creek before heading back to the cars.  We've got lot's of work to do!  We really need volunteers for next weekend's work party though. Meet at the Marble Mountain Snow Park, north-east of Cougar, WA at 7:30A.  We leave there at 8:00A.


Ape Canyon and Smith Creek loop ride, Mount St Helens, WA

Have you ever wanted to do the Ape Canyon and Smith Creek loop trails?  Well, here's your chance!  We'll be leaving from the Marble Mountain Snow Park, north-east of Cougar, WA at 8:00A.  The Ape Canyon trail is in excellent condition this year.  Even though the upper Smith Creek trail is currently in pretty rough condition, there are several work parties scheduled before Labor Day weekend which should clear out most of the brush in time for this ride.

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