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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-28-2007, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Mt. St Helen's erupted on May 20,1980. It left a barren wasteland that has started to come back to life 27 years later. We visit this place often as it is an amazing area to ride and a testement to the power of nature. Examples of which we were reminded of on this trip. We rode Ape Canyon as an out and back in Oct 2000, and we did Ape Canyon again as a part of the Smith Creek loop in back in Sept. 2003. We were going to ride Ape Canyon again as an out and back on our way down to Mt. Hood for a Norco Demo on Ski Bowl. Here's another site describing hiking in the area -> www.nwhiker.com

Due to a wash out from June Creek the road was closed at the Marble Mountain Sno Park. We parked and rode from there. Since we've done Ape Canyon as an out and back we decided to try a new route. Up to June Lake, to Loowit Trail (Trail 216) then down Ape Canyon.

http://www.leelau.net/2007/StHelens2007_08_17/ - click here for more

In short - the route was a poor choice as the june trail was a washout - it was lahar and talus and a really slow hike to join back to the Loowit so we pulled the plug




Checked out Lava Canyon instead so that the day wasn't a total waste



View of St Helens - bike is the method of choice to get to the trailhead as the road is washed out and needs a 5 mile walk otherwise

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Thanks for the report. That is one cool little canyon, interesting how the rock forms those block like banks on either side of the stream.

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I haven't been to Mt St Helens before (that's amazing in itself...) although I remember all the falling ash. From your experience, what would be the most interesting area to check out if you were a newbie?
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Ape Canyon = Plains of Abraham.
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I rode that a few years ago. It is a fantastic mountain bike ride. Well worth the efforts to get there.
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Has it really been that long ago? D'oh! [:0]
I imagine that you can see erosion that just 27 years has caused by the streams? Amazing stuff to see the rebirth right before your eyes. What would our front yards do if, like Leopold, we left them go wild? (excepting the people tossing beer bottles and such in the unkempt yard.) hehe In 27 years, what eco system would there be in the retaking of nature in just a 1/4 acre of our yard?
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