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Sheep Canyon

South Cascades


South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens
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9.3 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 4600 ft.


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Northwest Forest Pass

The road to the Sheep Canyon trailhead has washed out and the trailhead is closed. The hike to the Sheep Canyon viewpoints now requires an extra 2.4 miles, and begins at the Blue Lake trailhead, found at the end of the drivable portion of Forest Road 8123.

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Sheep Canyon

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Co-ordinates: 46.2022, -122.2677 Open map in new window


South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

Sheep Canyon (#240)

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: South Cascades (Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails No. 364 Mount St. Helens

USFS Mt. St. Helens Ranger District

Getting There

From Cougar, drive east on Highway 503/Forest Road 90 to one mile beyond the Swift Dam. Turn left (north) onto Forest Road 83. Continue 3 miles on this road and then turn left onto Forest Road 81. Proceed to the junction with Forest Road 8123. Turn right (north) and drive to the trailhead at the end of the road. Note that the parking lot is washed out, so you will need to park along the road and walk to the trailhead (about 200 feet). No facilities at the trailhead.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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