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    Camping near/on Mt st. Helens?

    Doing a 3 day stay at Helens next week. never been there before.

    Where are some good spots for car or near car camping? Preferably near rivers or with a view.

    I was planning on just arriving and finding a spot randomly.

    Also, planning on these trails. Anything else worth putting on the list?

    Ape Canyon > Plains
    Lewis River
    Falls Creek

    optionally Juniper Ridge.

    not doing Smith Creek.

    FS web site says that a bridge on a part of Lewis is gone. Does that hurt the ability to ride the whole trail? Is it a big river crossing or something that can be walked through?

    05/20/2010: Bridge between Lower and Middle Falls has collapsed.
    Any closures of roads or anything I should be aware of?

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    Have a good plan B in your pocket, as the weather down there can be seriously WET compared to Seattle. I am still drying out after riding tour de blast last weekend.

    lots of camping though... here's one spot
    Seaquest State Park
    3030 Spirit Lake Memorial Highway

    If I recall there's great camping just below planes of abe, and also on the lewis river trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM
    Have a good plan B in your pocket, as the weather down there can be seriously WET compared to Seattle. I am still drying out after riding tour de blast last weekend.

    lots of camping though... here's one spot
    Seaquest State Park
    3030 Spirit Lake Memorial Highway

    If I recall there's great camping just below planes of abe, and also on the lewis river trail.
    Cool thanks. We plan on canceling if there is any hint of rain. Bike camping in the rain is miserable.

    In that case it might be worth just bombing down to Bend instead.

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    Hood river, surveyor ridge / dog creek are good plan-B options if you want to make a last-minute decision.

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    Hmmm... interested in a riding buddy on one of those days?
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    From what I remember... there's a whole bunch of great looking dispersement camping just off the road between the sno-park and the Ape Canyon TH. Probably cold at night and warmer than down by the Lewis River area when the sun comes up. If I were tenting it that's where I'd lay my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r1de
    Hmmm... interested in a riding buddy on one of those days?
    Maybe on my next planned ride.

    PM sent with info. Includes a top secret YoPawn trail route.
    Last edited by YoPawn; 06-24-2010 at 05:05 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eerie
    From what I remember... there's a whole bunch of great looking dispersement camping just off the road between the sno-park and the Ape Canyon TH. Probably cold at night and warmer than down by the Lewis River area when the sun comes up. If I were tenting it that's where I'd lay my head.
    Thanks for the tips. I can't imagine it will be very difficult to find a sweet spot anywhere along the road up.

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    i'm with ya on avoiding Smith Creek, doin an out and back is worthy, just try to hit Plains on a weekday if possible so you can avoid having to stop alot on the way back down Ape Canyon. It's a nice flowy descent.

    Rode Lewis River like a month ago, i don't remember any bridge being out?... It had been over a decade since last i rode there, it's a nice trail.

    Falls Creek i hope you are shuttling, real fun easy grade down. i remember someone asking me if i considered it downhill, and i said no, it's more like downhill lite. Make sure when you get to the lava tubes if you have time put down the bikeys and explore, you can find lava tube caves and they're pretty cool to climb in and see if you can find precious...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skookum

    Falls Creek i hope you are shuttling, real fun easy grade down. i remember someone asking me if i considered it downhill, and i said no, it's more like downhill lite. Make sure when you get to the lava tubes if you have time put down the bikeys and explore, you can find lava tube caves and they're pretty cool to climb in and see if you can find precious...
    We are shuttling, but why would you recommend it over riding up?

    Sounds like MRT style DH, plenty fine for me!

    Lava caves....? precious....? Is my name Bilbo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoPawn
    We are shuttling, but why would you recommend it over riding up?

    Sounds like MRT style DH, plenty fine for me!
    MRT is very gentle. No it's a steady grade, and lots of road to trail conversions with straight runs you can carry silly speed. That's all towards the top. The lower bits are more scenic with better trail.
    i cannot recall specifically why i felt comparing Falls Creek with an old wooden coaster style of ride, but that's the feeling i got from it.
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    I wouldn't do all of Juniper.

    See our trip report last year. We camped at Iron Creek Campground.

    http://www.leelau.net/2009/mtsthelen...per2009_08_28/

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    Room for one more...

    I'm heading that way tonight, meeting up with a couple guys from Portland. Room for one more in my carpool, if you can live with my plan and leave 8 PM from Snoqualmie tonight.

    To answer your question, I've camped at Iron Creek CG also, just 10 miles South of Randle, as BrodieGirl mentioned. I thought it was decent enough, and close to the trailheads.

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    http://evergreenmtb.org/recreation/c...?event_id=8796

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    We stayed at the lower fall campground, right on the lewis river trail. Great little campground IMO, Lewis River trail can be ridden right from your doorstep, and not too far from MtStHelen/Ape Canyon trails. http://camping.about.com/od/campgrou...r/ucpcg453.htm
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    Strawberry Mtn and Burley Mtn are both really fun trails. Strawberry is pretty long single track thats really technical and then Burley is an old logging road but has a really sick view of all the cascades if its clear out.

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