Ape Canyon Tr234 is a moderate climb through a series of old growth forest switchbacks, to the surreal moonscape ecosystem of the Plains of Abraham.
Although Ape Canyon Tr234 is not suitable for XC Skiing, nearby FR83 Marble Mountain Sno-Park has a well developed XC Ski trail system.
Marble Mountain Sno-Park ski trails include: 8300 Trail, 8312 Trail, June Lake Ski Tr216B, Pine Martin Ski Tr245E, Sasquatch Ski Loops #236, #236A, #236B, Swift Ski Tr244, #244A, #244B, #244C, and the Wapiti Ski Loops #245A, #245B, #245C, #245D, #245G
Plants are slowly returning but Plains of Abraham Tr216D and Loowit Tr216 are still a study in loose pumice gravel riding.
The riding season is shortened by packed snow in eroded valleys, which dangerous to cross in the late Spring.
Mosquitoes are ferocious in this area until August. Feel free to try the natural repellents, and avoid drinking carbonated drinks prior to riding, but Deet 100 may be the only protection from 'the swarm'.
This trail can be combined with Smith Creek Tr225 as an epic loop.
The Ape Canyon Tr234 TH is a good starting point for the Smith Creek Tr225 loop.
The 2.5mi long Ape Cave is the longest intact lava tube in the U.S. and worth checking out if spending time in the area.
Be sure to bring lighting and some good hiking shoes, and check the forest service website for current conditions.
Abraham Trail 216D, Ape Canyon Trail 234
Kalama Ski Trail 231, Sasquatch Ski Loops Trail 236, Swift Ski Trail 244, Wapiti Ski Loops Trail 245, West Fork Snowmobile Trail 243
Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.