There are no non-epic Smith Creek Tr225 ride options. If CW doesn't seem epic enough, try it CCW. The trail traverses the blast zone, so expect pumice, rocks and washouts.
The 3mi, 14% Smith Creek switchbacking drainage descent is steep, rocky and rarely maintained.
Then the ride gets interesting, with various combinations of unstable creekside washouts, cliff exposure and river crossings.
Two waterfalls are located near the base of the steep descent.
Following the valley bottom, the trail crosses Ape Canyon Creek and then crosses the Muddy River.
The trail can become overgrown in late summer, increasing the pathfinding nature of this ride.
An indication of how technical the Smith Creek Tr225 descent is, the ride is ranked as Mt Goat even though it relies on the relatively easy Ape Canyon Tr234 ascent.
Although a north-south shuttle is impractical, due to the driving distance, the 4.8mi FR8322 can provide an alternative to the 2.6mi, 1300' Lava Canyon Tr184 ascent, by shuttling between the lower Smith Creek Tr225 TH and the Ape Canyon Tr234 TH.
Another alternative to climbing Lava Canyon Tr184 is to climb the abandoned portion of FR83, shown on the map.
Upper Lava Canyon Tr184 includes a side loop with a 125ft cable suspension bridge canyon crossing.
The lower trail descends into the canyon, with cliff exposure followed by a water crossing with a cable grab-line.
The trail then widens out as it approaches the Smith Creek valley and the intersection with Smith Creek Tr225.
The trail offers some interesting views of lava formation, with a 30ft metal ladder vertical cliff descent providing access to the canyons deepest recesses and roaring waterfalls.
Ship Tr184B climbs 0.2mi to a viewpoint atop the Ship, a lava formation that overlooks a series of canyon waterfalls.
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'.
Abraham Trail 216D, Ape Canyon Trail 234, Lava Canyon Trail 184, Smith Creek Trail 225
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.