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Loowit #216: Windy - Castle Ridge

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Length

6.7 Miles 10.8 Kilometers

90%

Runnable

Singletrack

Elevation

823' 251 m

Ascent

-1,189' -362 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

4,390' 1,338 m

High

3,727' 1,136 m

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An awesome trail that gives you a peek into the destructive power of a volcanic eruption.

Brian Smith

Overview

Water is scarce along this route. Trail is often difficult to locate, especially in inclement weather.

Description

This portion of the Loowit Trail starts at an intersection with Windy Trail #216E and terminates at the intersection with Castle Ridge Trail #216G. Run into the real center of the blast region on this segment of trail. You'll get to see how a pyroclastic flow, a debris avalanche, and a mudflow transformed the features of the area forever.

You'll also have views of Loowit Falls and the dome and crater of Mount St. Helens.
This intermittently maintained trail traverses the pumice plain and broken terrain in front of Mount St. Helens. The trail is subject to washouts. The route is marked by wooden posts and rock cairns.

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Do the whole 30ish mile loop!!! However, if you only got time for this section, do it! The north Side of St Helens is other worldly. you can see the volcanos to the North with spirit lake in the foreground. We also saw a herd of Elk. Apr 28, 2016

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