Challenging ride on side of Mount St. Helens

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Outdoors Mountain Biking Ape Canyon
Two hikers cross the Plains of Abraham on the southeast side of Mount St. Helens, Wash. on June 22, 2013. The hike or ride up Ape Canyon trail is a steady climb. The elevation is 2,895 feet at the trailhead and 4,202 feet at the junction with Loowit trail No. 216. Thatís a bit more than 1,300 feet spread out over 4.8 miles, so the grade is not excessive. Dominating the views are the Muddy River lahar just to the west. Lahar is an Indonesian word for mudflow. The southeast side of Mount St. Helens has had many lahars over geologic time, including a huge one as part of the massive May 18, 1980 eruption. (AP Photo/The Columbian, Allen Thomas)