Smith Creek Trail

Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington

Elevation Gain4,971ft
Trailhead Elevation1,684ft
Elevation Min/Max1642/4593ft
Elevation Start/End1684/1684ft

Smith Creek Trail

Smith Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Skamania County, Washington. It is within Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument. It is 10.0 miles long and begins at 1,684 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 20.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,971 feet. The Smith Creek #8322 Trailhead attraction is near the trailhead. Along the trail there are cliffs. The trail ends near the Harmony Lake Viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Lava Canyon Trail 184 and Windy Ridge Trail.

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Day Hiking Mount St. Helens (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano and Aaron Theisen
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"Hikers will find much to their liking on this long valley trail that is also part of a popular mountain-biking circuit. Hike along rushing Smith Creek through a deep valley laid waste by the 1980 eruption, yet graced with oldgrowth groves that miraculously survived and a spectacular waterfall created by the infamous eruption." Read more
Day Hiking: South Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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"This is a stark river valley walk, providing an in-depth examination of a mudflow valley and the forest it pierces. Smith Creek isn’t as well known, nor perhaps as scenic, as its two nearby neighbors, Lava Canyon and Ape Canyon. But Smith has something those don’t: solitude. Few folks venture up this trail, so chances are good you’ll have it to yourself. The trail starts west, rolling up the Muddy River valley toward the Lava Canyon Trail. About a mile up this forested trail, you’ll meet that trail and turn right to descend back down the valley, now on the north side. Another mile of hiking down through the rocky debris in the floodplain at the confluence of the Muddy River and Smith Creek gets you just across the river from where you started. The trail now turns north and rolls up the creek valley." Read more
Day Hiking Mount St. Helens (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano and Aaron Theisen
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"Hike to an old lookout site high above the Smith Creek valley on a trail used more by elk than by humans. One of the loneliest trails in the region, a challenging ford at the start helps keep visitation low. This trail is primarily maintained and used by elk hunters. But lovers of solitude will find it to their liking too." Read more

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Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
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Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
Moderate to Difficult
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Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
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Green Trails Mt St. Helens 332S
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Dec 2018