Mount St Helens

Mount St Helens Road Conditions

Winter has set in at Mount St Helens.  Road 81 is now closed at the Cougar Snow Park - at the junction with Road 83.  Road 83 is now closed at the Marble Mountain Snow Park.  Both roads are gated at those locations.  Those areas are open to winter style recreation.  For updated information go to:


Lewis River waterfall photography ride

The weather forecast is calling for decent weather for Sunday!  So, let's get up and get some photographs of some of the waterfalls along the Lewis River Trail.  Dennis claims he can ride slow - especially since he's taking his camera!  This will be a leasurely paced ride with frequent photographic stops - especially above the Bolt Camp Shelter.  The waterfalls along the trail are running pretty full right now with our recent run of wet weather.  total distance will be 12 to 14 miles.  If you've never ridden the trail and want to take your time exploring it, now is your chance!


Lewis River Trail Ride.

Wish fall goodbye, say hello to winter on one last ride on the Lewis River Trail during 2009.

The weather forecast currently calls for scattered rain for Sunday - between storms on Saturday and Monday.

Carpoolers from Portland should meet at 7:30A at my residence at 6203 s.e. 92nd - three blocks from the Foster Road stop and the I-205 Foster Road exit. 

We will meet Jerry DeRuyter at the lower Lewis River trailhead parking lot at 9:30A.  Andrea has a new bike she needs to ride!



Mount St Helens area Work Hours Increase 60%

Gifford Pinchot SOPA

The latest edition of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) is out and available to read. New projects being studied for the Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument include: expanding parking at Ape Cave, a bridge on the Fossil Creek Trail, and construction of new toilets at the Siouxon Trailhead.  These projects are expected to be completed by July 2010.  SOPA is a good way to keep abreast of proposed projects on the various National Forests.  

upper Kalama River side of Mount St Helens is Open!

Road 81 is now open on the south-west side of Mount St Helens.  That means you can drive to Red Rock Pass and the spectacular trails on the south-west side of the mountain, including Toutle, Sheep Canyon, Butte Camp and the Loowit on the west side of the mountain.  Repairs to the Toutle between Red Rock Pass and Blue Lake were made this summer.  The large washout on the Loowit between the Sheep Canyon and Butte Camp Trail has been brushed out, but it won't be worked on until next summer. 

Plains of Abraham named IMBA Epic

In the latest issue of IMBA Trail News IMBA named the Plains of Abraham Trail and the Smith Creek loop on Mount St. Helens as one of the newest IMBA Epics. 

Congrats have to go out to every one who has volunteered their time and effort to maintain this trail and kept it open. A special thanks has to go to David Anderson for all his hard work and dedication to the Monument.  

National Public Lands Day, Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument, 2009

 Six mountain bikers from Portland and Seattle gathered at the Marble Mountain Snow Park on the south side of Mount St Helens with their bikes to take part in the 2009 National Public Lands Day event.  We were just a few of the over 100 citizen volunteers who helped repair, paint, clean-up lands around Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument.  We broke up in to three groups and rode sections of cross country ski trails installing signs at trail junctions, and noting areas needing attention before the snow flies this summer.  Not only did we get the job done, but we also could see 

Lewis River ride Sunday

Anyone up for riding Lewis River trail this Sunday?

This is an out-and-back, it's a fairly hard ride, with some climbing (probably about 3000 or so feet), not overly technical. But you can also ride as far out as you want and then head back. I'd expect about 3.5 hours on the trail.

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