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Ben M. reviewed Ape Canyon Trail
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Charles Sweeney reviewed Mount Margaret to Mount Saint Helens
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Chris VanGorder reviewed Ape Canyon Trail
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Jeremy Rock reviewed Ape Canyon Trail
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HikingNo shadeScramble

Whittier Ridge is no joke but with careful steps and the right attitude, it’s wonderful. This entire area is fantastic. There are parts of the loop where the trail is overgrown and can cut your legs up a bit, but I’m still giving it 5 stars because of how well things are marked and the overall grandeur.

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A very underrated area and beautiful trail.

Cecilia Tisserand reviewed Ape Canyon Trail
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I did this trail earlier in the summer right when it reopened from COVID closures — but I’m catching up on my reviews and this hike made such an impression on me. I’d never been to St. Helens before, and this this hike was completely unreal. Most of it It was pretty long, steep at sections, through pine trees, sometimes you get a glimpse at St. Helens, but when you finally get on top of the canyon, it becomes one of the coolest views I’ve ever seen. Though it’s challenging, if you get the chance to try this hike out, do it. You are capable! And you’ll be so happy you did it!!!!

Hugh Janus reviewed Castle Lake
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Bugs everywhere. Poorly marked, bad views. Not worth the trip.

Cary Carlisle reviewed Ape Canyon Trail
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HikingGreat!

After reading the reviews I was hesitant to do this hike. But I went with a friend and our husbands were mountain biking the trail and decided to just go ahead and hike it. We were prepared to be over run by mountain bikers and flies. We were very pleasantly surprised! We arrived on the trail at 9am on a Saturday. We experienced 4 mountain bikers and 1 hiker in the 2 hours it took us to summit. Once at the top the view is AMAZING and you see Mt St Helens, Mt Rainier, Mt Adams and Mt Hood. We did experience more mountain bikers and more hikers on the way down but everyone was very friendly and respectful. Mountain bikers have the right of way but many offered to stop and let us pass. Flies were only bad the last mile as the sun had finally come out of the clouds and it was much warmer than in the morning. The trail is very well maintained and the elevation gain is very manageable as it is over almost 5 miles. It is a long hike out and back is 10 miles. You don’t really need hiking polls. Arrive early as parking is a problem. We arrived at 0830 and had no problem getting a good spot. I highly recommend this hike!

Justin Ashworth reviewed Ape Canyon Trail
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HikingBugsGreat!

Did this with my 12 y.o. daughter in 2 days. The hills heading in were a bit tough for her, but she’s a trooper and we made it work with a respectable number of breaks. The flies get nasty toward the Loowit end of the treed portion, but we were able to keep them at bay with bug spray and swatting. Mountain bikers were courteous and thankful when we stepped aside. About half of of the bikers and bikers we passed would pull a mask on as they passed. There were several other groups camping in the Plains of Abraham. One groups saw a mama bear & her cub a couple of times but the bears turned away when the group shouted at them. WE FOUND NO FRESH WATER IN THE PLAINS OF ABRAHAM! Our Green Trails map said there’s a spring just on the north side of Pumice Butte, but all we found were a couple of puddles. We walked another 1.5 miles N from Pumice Butte to try to find a clean water source, but there were none. As we headed out, a USGS volunteer said mid-July is the latest he’d expect to see consistent water there. Guess we were a couple weeks too late! Thankfully we had enough clean drinking water and only needed the puddles (which we filtered and boiled) for cooking only.

Brennan Lamoreaux reviewed Ape Canyon Trail
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Nicole Molkentin reviewed Ape Canyon Trail
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LOVELY trail! Definitely be cognizant of bikers, but for the most part it felt pretty lowkey! Even though the parking lot was full, I felt super COVID safe on the trail. Not super steep and went pretty fast. I got there at 11:30 and was back to my car by 2:00 p.m. and I ate lunch at the summit. 10/10 recommend! And really pleasant drive from the Portland area. And the bugs weren't bad at all.

Chris Moore reviewed Green River Trail
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Gravel road getting up there. No go with our little city car. 3 stars because I don't want to bring down the rating for those that can get up there.

IronBoots Clodstomper reviewed Mount Margaret to Mount Saint Helens
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Awesome hike and definitely a must. Beautiful views from start to finish. We almost missed the magnificent view. But we were so glad we continued and turned the corner and there it was the fantastic view of Mt St Helens crater and Spirit Lake.

Sharon Asmussen reviewed Ape Canyon Trail
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Beautifully maintained trail! 75-80% in the shade, which was good since it was in the 90s today. No water available. Tons of flies!!! Some mosquitoes. One place toward the junction with Loowit Trail is very dangerous—narrow, rocks and major dropoff. Highly recommend this trail!

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Amazing views around every turn and tons of flowers in full bloom. View at the top of St. Helens and also Rainier breathtaking!

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HikingBugsOver grown

Hiked 7/26/20. Views are great along this trail. Mt. Adams with Meta Lake in foreground as your accent begins, then Mt. Rainier comes into view followed by Mount St. Helens. It was hard to fully enjoy however due to biting flies all along the trail. It didn’t help I wore shorts and a short sleeved shirt. And even though I sprayed bug spray on they attacked nonetheless. Another issue I had with this trail was that it is getting a bit overrun with vegetation. To often I was brushing against plant leaves or pushing stems or bushes out of my path. Because of this and the bugs it is best to wear long sleeves and pants even if it’s hot. Overall path is well marked and there were multiple people on it on the sunny, warm Sunday I was there. Final thoughts are this is a good day hike trail.

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C D reviewed Ape Canyon Trail
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HikingBugsRocky

Good hike, but lots of mountain bikers, and pretty dusty. Most bikers were nice, but there were a few that didn’t let us know when they were coming up behind us. Parking lot was full by 9am. Great views!

Britt D reviewed Ape Canyon Trail
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I’d rate this as a moderate trail. Only hard part for me was keeping my zen as I was constantly moving out of the way of mountain bikers. They were super respectful and friendly about the inconvenience to hikers. This is just the way it is so get in the right head space for it and plan to add some time to your hike. The Plains of Abraham were too tantalizing and I kept on after the trail map ended. Going to Loowit Falls through Alpine Butte pass was a little over 20 miles. Started at 8:45am and was back to the parking lot a little after 6pm. Long day but worth it. Parking lot and side street parking at the TH was full at 8:20am on a Saturday. I think the mountain bikers parked on the road and at Lava Canyon and other spots nearby. The toilet is at Lava Canton and was in good shape in the morning.

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