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Quartz Creek

Average Rating:    (3.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

One of the best trails in the area's. Lot of advanced trail riding and down hilling to do. I am surprised there are not more trails on here from around this area. I would say this and the trails in this area are some of the best in the U.S. it is all in the Mt. St. Helens area, There is a park permit required now I think the fee is 15.00 a year. More people should come and check this area out.
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Latitude
46.25964487666548
Longitude
-122.20367431640625
Trail Directions
Take the I-5 exit in Woodland there will be signs pointing to cougar just head up that way about 1 1/2 to 2 houir drive and ask the local shops where to go
Trail Length
13
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Cougar
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 12, 2007

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: kghag ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Went to ride this last weekend (8/4/07). Trail appears to have been written off, has not been cleared/maintained for several years. Hundreds of down trees, several large wash-outs/landslids. No longer a ride, only a brutal 5 hr. hike-a-bike.
Too bad, would be a really sweet trail ride.

Recommended Route:
Dont try it until it gets cleared

Other recommended trails in the same area:
lewis river, ape canyon/plains of abraham, toutle loop.



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Review Date
September 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Randy Day ,  Cross Country Rider , from Seattle

Summary:
Being close to the Lewis River Trail, the Quartz Creek Trail has been compared to the Lewis River Roller Coaster. The comparison might work if the Lewis River Trail was the roller coaster at the "Enchanted Forest" in the Seattle Center and the Quartz Creek was the "Shock Wave" at Six Flags over Texas.

It's 11 miles from the Lewis River Road (90) to the top of the Quartz Creek Basin where the trail intersects the Boundry Trail.

It's a beautiful basin with much old growth forest that has not ever seen road incursions from mankind.

The first 4 miles are mostly rideable, on surface that doesn't see much traffic (i.e not cut up, rolling on pine needs and tiny hemlock pine cones). As an out-and-back it will be a predominately uphill work-out and zooming back, with a few roller coasters thrown in. This takes you up to the Snagtooth Creek area. You might think you've found a trail like Lewis River before Lewis River got popular. But the next sections will make you tighten the roller coaster seat belts a bit tighter...

The next few miles get into larger ups and downs, there will be more hike-a-biking in both directions here. More frequent down-falls and ditch crossing will force dismounts for many of the less courageous.

Beyond the Snagtooth trail cutoff the trail gets more narrow and steeper. It crosses to the south side of Quartz Creek for a bit and passes through some lovely spots and across the top of a mini-canyon before heading back to the north side of the creek for the final 1 or 2 mile push to the ridge top. This push will be hike-a-biking for much of the way up. On the way down it's rideable, but nerve-racking as the extremely narrow trail, combined with the trail steepness and the steep hill side the trail crosses forces the rider to stay completely focused on the trail's challenges.

Aerobic and Technical Ratings vary greatly depending on how far up the basin you go. Overall rating is boosted by the old growth setting and relative solitude. Those who hate down-fall dismounts, drainage dismounts, and hike-a-biking will dock the overall rating a few stars, particularly as you get higher up.

Recommended Route:
Out and back from the Lewis River Road. Or for the more exploratory types, ride the Boundry Trail (trail 1, lots of ORV destruction) westward from the Table Mountain area, across the Summit Prairie, and down the ridge to the un-marked turnoff into the headwaters of Quartz Creek.



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Review Date
March 28, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Zach , from Tucson, AZ USA

Summary:
Some of the Best trails in this area. This is about a 13 miles of intermediate to advanced riding you will be doing it all. May have to dismount a couple of times but over all everyone should come check the Mt. St helens area out trails all over the damn place.

Recommended Route:
I-5 exit in woodland go to the first Forest Ranger station and they will give you directions to any trail you want to go to.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
COntact any forest ranger in the area there are thousands of trails



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