November 13, 2013
This trail is absolutely unbelievable. I had two days to ride it both from the Ape Canyon trailhead. The first day I rode it as an out an back which was simply incredible. Tough climb through the foresty Ape Canyon but as soon as you make it out of the trees you get absolutely breathtaking views of the canyon, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, and of course Mt. St. Helens. Continuing on through the Plains of Abraham is best described by someone before me as riding on the moon. A bit more flat but still very flowy and fast at times. Continuing on towards the Windy Ridge Viewpoint there is some one of a kind downhill sections on a trail that somehow exists atop a gradual gravel slope drop-off on either side. Windy Ridge really is a great view to take in before returning back in the same direction, which is tough at the start, but very rewarding in the end with some surprisingly fast sections in the forest area. Overall, this day was one of the best if the the best days I've ever had mountain biking. The next day I looped it with Smith Creek so I could know what else was out there, butI found this trail to be a bit disappointing. Really loose unpredictable downhill sections that had me riding my brakes so hard my hands were getting sore. Hard to really catch a ton of speed because the visibility is somewhat limited. Overall the trail is good but it doesn't compare to Ape Canyon/Plains of Abraham.
Never ridden anything like this before