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Boundary Trail

Average Rating:    (4.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

From Bear Meadow to Elk Pass (4.5 miles), the trail is on a timbered, broad ridge, with occasional skimpy views of St. Helens. This trail is part of the link between Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams and is a great ride. The chance of meeting hikers on this trail is remote. The trail is good with limited ups and downs and doesn't get much use. There were several trees across the trail in the middle of the summer when we rode it. The snow usually lingers here well past Memorial Day. The section of trail from Norway Pass to Elk Pass begins at the Norway Pass Trailhead on FR #26. This section may be open to mountain bikes. There are conflicting reports. The trail winds in and out of blown down forests. A short spur takes you to the shore of Ghost Lake at mile 2. The trail continues to the junction with Strawberry Mountain Trail # 220 near Bear Meadow. The section from Bear Meadow to FR #26 is partly in the blast zone and can get warm. The more fun ride is from Bear Meadow east.
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Latitude
46.31658418182218
Longitude
-122.255859375
Trail Directions
Go south on FR #25 from Randle following the signs to Windy Ridge. Turn right on FR #99 towards Windy Ridge. Bear Meadows is the first view point of Mt. St. Helens. Alternate: Trailhead is at Elk Pass. Go south on FR #25 from Randle for about 24 miles. The trailhead is at the top of Elk Pass. It is easy to find and it is signed.
Trail Length
20.5
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Randle
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 1, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Daniel May ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great Trail with lots of camping off of the access roads in the FS99 area with great wind protection during most of the ride. Suggest Bear Meadows to Norway Pass and back with ghost lake along the way. Norway Pass is open to Mountain Bikes and has a spectacular view of spirit lake with Mt SThelens. Popped out in front of a forest ranger and he asked me "how was the trail!" Fall is outstanding in this area.HWY 25 to bear meadows section can be included.
Way nicer and more ridable with easier weekend camping than Lewis River area.

Recommended Route:
Park and Bear Meadows and ride to Norway Pass trailhead then 2.5 miles to Norway Pass viewpoint and back. Give yourself plenty of time incase of mechanical issues, especially riding solo like myself.

Or lap Bear Meadows to Norway Pass trailhead PL and take Paved back to bear meadows on FS99. X2 Epic!

You can add Boundary Trail from FS25 to Bear Meadows
GET A GTrails MAP 333 &334

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I am just taping into this part of MT StHelens.
Mt Adams Taklach Lake/Chain of lakes area is also pretty cool ORV trail.



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Review Date
July 7, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ujelang ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Over the July 4th weekend 2009, I rode the Boundary Trail from Elk Pass on Forest Road 25, Gifford Pinchot National Forest west to Ghost Lake and back. for the route taken see: http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/8578008
The portion between Elk Pass and Bear Meadows is used by dirt bikers (motorized kind)and is rutted, but otherwise is quite fun and challenging and you ascend and descend three buttes. Most of the route is in old growth forest. Take the recommended detour on Road 99 near Bear Meadow since there is a washed out bridge and downed trees after that point. At Bear Meadow the trail climbs moderately steeply and then generally contours around the mountain side before entering the 1980 blast zone. Eating lunch just outside the blast zone in the old growth forest is recommended since the sun shines brightly and is hot in the exposed blast zone. The trail switchbacks down to the low point before climbing slightly to Ghost Lake. Retrace the route to return to Elk Pass. Heat stroke could be an issue in retracing the climb out of the blast zone on really hot days. Hydrate and take your time. Round trip from Elk Pass is just over 18 miles. The Boundary Trail does continue east from Elk Pass, so you could do some back country camping at Elk Pass and explore both directions in a weekend. On the day we rode this trail on the 4th of July weekend we saw only two other trail users. This trail is a blast! You will have fun. Easy swooping fun, some technical, but overall a great trail to have fun on.

Recommended Route:
Driving time from Portland is about 3 hours to this scenic trail. Route can be north on I-5 to Woodland (exit 21) then east to Cougar; north on Rd 25 to the Pass. You can also travel south of Randle on Rd 25 to the Pass.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ape Canyon (as an out and back); or combined with the Smith Creek Trail as a 25 mile loop. The Smith Creek Trail received a lot of maintenance work in 2008 and is now in its best condition since it was established; Lewis River Trail; Siouxon; Toutle and Butte Camp Trails (from Red Rock Pass).



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Review Date
August 19, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: muddydc ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is pretty sweet trail in the Mt. St. Helens National Monument. It starts out in forest and then after about 1.5 miles breaks out in the volcano blast zone. The trail starts out climbing for about 2 miles and then descends and levels out before descending down to the Norway Pass T/H. There is some great views of Mt. St. Helens and the blast zone where trees were leveled from the Mts. famous eruption back in 1980. I highly recommend taking the side spur to Ghost Lake and having a clif bar there. This trail is not to technical but there is pumis gravel on much of the trail and can make it a little squirelly. Also the only 2 bridges are busted in half over creeks but can be crossed over fallen logs. Have Fun, Dave

Recommended Route:
I started at the Bear Meadows T/H (Northwest Parking Pass required) and road west to the Norway Pass T/H. I took the side trail at approx. 3.7 miles to Ghost Lake. Trail total length including Ghost Lake side trail is about 7.7 miles one way. You can do an out and back ride or take road 26 from Norway Pass T/H to road 99 (turn left) back to Bear Meadows T/H parking.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lewis River, Ape Canyon, Badger Ridge,& Souixon Cr.



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Review Date
September 29, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Charles Kim ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode this trail from Bear Meadow parking to the Norway Pass trailhead. The initial 1/2 mile is an uphill climb. After that, it's essentially all downhill to Norway pass. The first half is in the old growth forest terrain. However, you soon enter the blast zone with some great views of Mt. St. Helens. Overall the trail was not overly technical or aerobically strenous. However, the fun factor in going downhill was awesome and the views of the eruption is out of this world. It amazes me that one can bike so close to a mojor geological event. The trail that heads west at Norways Pass is for hikers only. I would not recommend to do the return trip on the road. It's too narrow and many blind corners that cars probably won't see you. Besides you'll be able to see some sights that you missed going the first way. Still a lot of blown down trees. But the trail is overall in good shape.

Recommended Route:
Bear Meadow to Norway Pass for an intial downhill or reverse to start with a climb then a downhill

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sioxan Creek, Lewis River, Ape Canyon



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Review Date
January 21, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Brad Kay , from Olympia, Washington, USA

Summary:
The Boundary Trail actually continues for another thirty some-odd miles east from Elk Pass, along a ridge known as the dark divide. It is a motorcycle trail that is very worn in places and extremely fast and smooth in others. For the main part it is very fun. June and early July rides will still find patches of snow in the woods (sometimes traversable, sometimes not). I've long thought about doing it as a through ride but haven't organized that one yet. There are many access points from forest service roads in the area (mainly from the north side) with plenty of campsites along those roads, as well as a regular forest service campground at Council Lake. Just about any section of the trail is a blast, with the previously mentioned rides being the most easily reached. Since it's a ridgeline trail between Elk Pass and Council Lake you will be riding through some forest, some open meadows, past a few tiny lakes and access to a few small peaks (Council Bluff, above Council Lake, is spectacularly sited - seemingly within a stone's throw of Mt Adams). This is a trail for the adventurous at heart, not necessarily just for the strong. A totally out of shape rider won't have fun, nor will the rider who is scared of loose rock. There are enough smooth, fast sections to outweigh the worn out grades that are hike-a-bike on the uphill stretch and scary fun on the descent. Riders in moderate condition (or better) who enjoy exploration will love this trail and its access routes. Get a Gifford Pinchot National Forest map for an overall view (the Washington Atlas and Gazetteer by DeLorme Mapping is a good alternative or addition) and purchase the folowing Green Tails maps: Spirit Lake, McCoy Peak, and Blue Lake.

Recommended Route:
Two very fun rides of moderate length are Council Lake to Summit Prairie and either Elk Pass or Mosquito Flats to Badger Lake.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Gifford Pinchot National Forest is loaded with great trails. The Goat Mountain - Green River Trail loop starting near Ryan Lake is spectacular, as is the Blue Lake trail to the northeast (closer to the Goat Rocks).



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