Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Time: 7:00a start
Start Location: Mt St Helens – Swift Forest Camp
Distance: 80 miles
Starting/Min/Max Elevation: 1000’/5320′
Elevation gain/loss: 11,000′
Max Riders: 75
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Update – 7/30/2014 – We’ve changed the course at the bottom of Wright Meadow Trail. At approximately mile 57, you will take a left at a short connector trail (80B) that will take you to National Forest road 9055 where you will descend to NF 90. You will then get back on Wright Meadow Trail where it crosses NF 90 and continue with the course. This will cut off the bottom 2.5 miles of Wright Meadow Trail – which is totally rutted and mostly unrideable and has no redeeming value that we can see. If you’re a masochist, you are still welcome to take Wright Meadow all the way down (but I’ll be you wish you hadn’t). The RideWithGPS route and Cue Sheet have been updated. Here are a couple of highlights of the change:
Overview: Our St Helens Epic Course takes you on some of the most scenic and remote trails on Mt St Helens. Don’t consider this event unless you are a hard-core endurance rider with excellent navigation/map reading and wilderness skills. read about scouting this route here
Route: The ride starts at Swift Forest Camp on the East end of Swift Reservoir. It starts by taking NF-2588 (gravel road) 12 miles before getting on Ape Canyon Trail and taking that 10 miles across Plains of Abraham and Windy Ridge. At Windy Ridge viewpoint, it gets on NF-99 (paved) for 12 miles to Bear Meadow. At Bear Meadow, it takes the Boundary Trail about 14 miles to Craggy Peak Trail. It takes Craggy Peak Trail and Wright Meadow Trail 12 miles down to the fantastic Lewis River Trail. It travels the length of the Lewis River Trail about 11 miles to Curly Creek Road and then takes NF-90 (paved) about 7 miles back to the start.
Maps: Ride With GPS link You can view elevation profile, switch between different map views, and export a GPX file from here.
Here are some maps we recommend for this event.
|US Forest Service Map. This can be purchased at any Gifford Pinchot Ranger Station such as the one in Chelatchie, WA||National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map. This can be purchased at REI. Check your local store or order online|
Cue Sheet: St Helens Epic Cue Sheet*updated 7/29/2014
Water on the Course: There are various places on the course where you can get water from streams. You should carry some form of water purification or filtration.
Directions to the Start: Swift Forest Campround is at the East end of the Swift Reservoir. From the I-5 Woodland, Washington Exit #21 take Highway 503 East, approximately 50 miles to Swift Forest Campground.
Camping: Camping is available at Swift Forest Campground. Either registration opens on March 1, or it’s on a first-come, first-serve basis – depending on where you get your information.