The star of the Cascade Mountain Range, Mount St. Helens might be best known for its eruption over 40 years ago. And while the summit is craterous, and dried volcanic streams are still visible, the area features verdant forests riddled with creeks, lakes, and waterfalls. There is plenty to explore and enjoy in the shadow of this iconic peak. During your six day summertime Mountain Biking Tour with Escape Adventures, we’ll cover all of the highlights and hidden treasures (did someone say cave exploration?) while enjoying gourmet meals and first class camping under the stars.
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Gifford Pinchot National Forest boasts a remarkably extensive trail system that runs through this geological patchwork. This area has been left dormant for years, and has been reopened to the public fairly recently, revealing coils of backcountry single-track to explore. The scenery will transition between deep shaded forests twists and turns to majestic views along exposed mountain ridges.
You’ll get an up-close look at volcanic lahars and the new and different terrain created by the eruption, but you’ll also enjoy serene evergreen forest complete with colorful wildflowers, magical meadows, and plenty of plenty of cold, crisp water to refresh you during the summer months during which this tour operates.
We take on a moderate amount of mileage each day, but keep in mind, our routes contain lots of climbing and several ridge trails. So while the mileage is relatively low, the landscape can prove challenging for the less experienced. If you have any concerns, they can be discussed while booking. At Escape Adventures, we can help you through every step of the process so that you can feel confident in your tour’s fit for you!
Here’s a brief little breakdown of the 6 days:
Day 1: Siouxon Trail / Huffman Peak
Day 2: Lewis River Trail
Day 3: McClellan Meadows & Falls Creek Trail
Day 4: Craggy Peak Trail
Day 5: Ape Canyon Trail to Plains of Abraham
Day 6: Hiking Ape Cave