Lewis River Singletrack Bike Trip | Washington
On this trip we ride through the incredible country between Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens. These massive volcanoes are surrounded by beautiful old growth forests with super, buff, singletrack trails weaving through them.
We begin on the Mt. Adams side with great views and beautiful forest camps. Then we head to the famous Lewis River Trail where we swoop and zoom in and around the giant Douglas firs following the course of the river. No trip to Mount St. Helens would be complete without a visit to the Ape Cave Lava Tube, the longest lava tube in the United States. We take a break from our bikes mid-week to explore this amazing geologic feature.
We finish with the Ape Canyon ride to the Plains of Abraham right on the slope of Mount St. Helens. This is an incredible mountain bike ride through the forest on the edge of the lava flow with stunning views of the peak and the pumice fields around it. While some of the singletrack is quite technical, the mileage is very reasonable and the climbing is fun and do-able. Intrigued? Give us a call for details about this guided mountain biking trip! 800-845-2453.
After packing up in Hood River, we will head to Surveyor’s Ridge, one of the most well known mountain bike trails in Oregon. As with most ridge trails, the constant and unpredictable ups and downs are quite exhilarating and challenging. We will meet up with the van for lunch, before heading down the Dog River Trail (called The Dog by locals). This is an amazing descent so check your brakes and hold on tight! We will meet up with the van and shuttle to our Lewis River campsite, our home for the next two nights. TOTAL MILEAGE: 14 - 16 miles
Today we ride the famous Lewis River Trail through old growth cedars and Douglas fir. It is an almost perfect trail with a beautiful tacky surface through the shade along the bright blue river. There are several short, steep climbs thrown in at regular intervals to keep your heart rate high, but we are in no hurry to leave this wonderful place. The trail flows along the length of fallen trees for what seems like a quarter mile per tree, giving you new appreciation for how tall these giants really are. We zip along flat sections which turn and twist through side drainages, giant ferns and bigleaf maples. This is one of the all-time best mountain bike trails in the US. We finish with a smile and cruise back to our lovely camp. TOTAL MILEAGE: 22 - 24 miles
Today we’ll give our rear ends a little break and embark on a different adventure. After breakfast we’ll drive up to the flanks of Mount St. Helens to explore the farthest reaches of a lava tube formed from an eruption 1,900 years ago. Mount St. Helen’s Ape Cave Lava Tube is a popular attraction in the Mount St. Helens National Monument and the longest lava tube in the continental United States—it is over two miles in length! This lava tube formed when the surface of a lava flow cooled and hardened, but the molten lava beneath the surface continued to flow. It will take us 2-3 hours to hike Upper Ape Cave and then we will return on an above ground trail. This hike is fairly adventurous as we must climb over approximately 27 boulder piles and scale an 8 foot high lava fall. Everyone will need a headlamp, sturdy shoes or boots, and warm clothing as the cave averages 42 degrees Fahrenheit.
Today we will pack and get an early start since we are headed high up on Mount St. Helens. No camping is allowed on the mountain itself, so we must shuttle to the trailhead. Here we have great views of Lava Canyon. We begin the ride up the forested trail at a very moderate grade. We have five miles to climb and 1,300 feet to gain. The trail travels along the edge of the massive mudflow and we go in and out of the forest on its edge. Several gentle switchbacks bring us up to a forested ridge with views back towards Mount Adams. At last we reach tree line! From here pumice slopes rise up the snowy peak above us. It is easy to imagine the lava flowing through the deep cuts in the earth which surround us. The views leave no doubt that the climb was worth it, and the awesome flowing descent which follows is the icing on the cake. We’ll shuttle to our new campsite at Paradise Creek. TOTAL MILEAGE: 10 miles
After fueling up and breaking down camp, our final day begins with a shuttle to Oldman Pass Sno-Park. Get ready for a fun day of riding before we say our goodbyes! We start our ride on the Valley Ski Trail which passes through beautiful forests on the fun descent to the Wind River. We climb back up and meet up with McClellan Meadows Trail, which was originally built in 1852 from the George McClellan railroad survey and offers a fun, challenging ride. Then we connect with the Falls Creek Trail which includes two creek crossings, gorgeous ponds, and spectacular waterfalls. After our big descent, we meet up with the shuttle and head back to town. TOTAL MILEAGE: 10-20 miles
This is a technical singletrack trip. A high level of fitness is necessary and singletrack experience is highly recommended. We will be without vehicle support during all of the singletrack sections of the ride.Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, rider safety, and other factors which may affect the logistics of the adventure.
Riding Surface: Singletrack dirt, gravel, pine needles, double track and some pavement.
Overall Rating: Intermediate/Advanced
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Altitude: 1,300 - 4,500 feet
For travel logistics and a packing list, please download the complete trip itinerary.