Siouxan Trail 130

Chelatchie Prairie, Washington

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The trail has a nice hard-packed surface, with some roots, rocks, and water crossings to keep your attention. The trail becomes overgrown, though, after a slippery, treacherous creek crossing at 6.2 miles, so that is the recommended turn-around point. The described route is a challenging ride through old-growth and second-growth forest, ferns, mosses, waterfalls, and beautiful pools; some of the water crossings demand dismounts. This route is a good choice for a hot summer day because the deep tree canopy keeps the heat at bay. Because the trees block the sun, though, don't start too late in the day without alight; the tree canopy will rob you of some late-afternoon sunlight as the sun sets over the ridge to the west. A luscious ride in a lush forest; the deep tree canopy makes for great hot-weather riding. The mostly roller-coaster creek trail ties into a network of ridge trails.
Mountain Bike! Washington

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Mountain Bike! Washington

by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

The trail has a nice hard-packed surface, with some roots, rocks, and water crossings to keep your attention. The trail becomes overgrown, though, after a slippery, treacherous creek crossing at 6.2 miles, so that is the recommended turn-around point. The described route is a challenging ride through old-growth and second-growth forest, ferns, mosses, waterfalls, and beautiful pools; some of the water crossings demand dismounts.

This route is a good choice for a hot summer day because the deep tree canopy keeps the heat at bay. Because the trees block the sun, though, don't start too late in the day without alight; the tree canopy will rob you of some late-afternoon sunlight as the sun sets over the ridge to the west. A luscious ride in a lush forest; the deep tree canopy makes for great hot-weather riding. The mostly roller-coaster creek trail ties into a network of ridge trails.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Chelatchie Prairie
Distance: 14.2
Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: June through November
Trailhead Elevation: 1,700 feet
Top Elevation: 3,400 feet
Local Contacts: Mt. Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters, 360-247-3900.
Local Maps: Green Trails #396 Lookout Mountain and Wind River Ranger District map.
Topo Map: Siouxan Trail #130 Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Bike! Washington Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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9/1/2001

This is a great summer time ride. From the parking lot you can go straight up to the falls and back down, if you don't want to bike the entire 14 miles. The e-trail on this trip is worth the price.

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