Toutle Trail Loop

Cougar, Washington

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The Toutle Trail loop combines a gentle 4.6-mile paved road and gravel road climb, and an undulating nine sweet miles of trail. The 13.6 miles, with a few steep single-track descents and technical areas, will be challenging outing for the hardy beginner. It's a beautiful jaunt through a variety of landscapes- and trail surfaces- for riders of all levels. If beginners- and it is not recommended for true beginners- tire midway through the loop, Blue Horse Trail #237 and FS 81 provide bailouts. The loop encircles Kalama Spring- the headwaters of the Kalama River- and parallels the Kalama on the southern section of the trail. The singletrack and cross-country ski trails you pass throughout the loop provide numerous exploration opportunities, while the mudflows, lava field, noble fir forest, and the Mt. St. Helens- dominated scenery give constant cause for viewing pause. The trail is mostly a rooty hardpacked, with rocky, pummy sections and a taste of lava-rock riding at Red Rock Pass.
Mountain Bike! Washington

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Mountain Bike! Washington

by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

The Toutle Trail loop combines a gentle 4.6-mile paved road and gravel road climb, and an undulating nine sweet miles of trail. The 13.6 miles, with a few steep single-track descents and technical areas, will be challenging outing for the hardy beginner. It's a beautiful jaunt through a variety of landscapes- and trail surfaces- for riders of all levels. If beginners- and it is not recommended for true beginners- tire midway through the loop, Blue Horse Trail #237 and FS 81 provide bailouts.

The loop encircles Kalama Spring- the headwaters of the Kalama River- and parallels the Kalama on the southern section of the trail. The singletrack and cross-country ski trails you pass throughout the loop provide numerous exploration opportunities, while the mudflows, lava field, noble fir forest, and the Mt. St. Helens- dominated scenery give constant cause for viewing pause. The trail is mostly a rooty hardpacked, with rocky, pummy sections and a taste of lava-rock riding at Red Rock Pass.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Cougar
Distance: 13.6
Elevation Gain: 1,350 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 2,100 feet
Top Elevation: 3,210 feet
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters, 360-891-5000.
Local Maps: Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument map and Gifford Pinchot National Forest map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Toutle Trail Loop

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