Ape Cave Trail

COUGAR, WA
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Ape Cave Trail is a 2.6 mile out and back trail that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking & walking and is accessible year-round.

From Vancouver, north on 1-5 to Highway 503, exit 21. Drive east 35 miles to Forest Service Road 83. Turn left and drive 2 miles to Forest Service Road 8303. Turn left and drive 1.5 miles to the trailhead on the right.

A federal Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here

Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
42218 Northeast Yale Bridge Road
Amboy, WA 98601
Tel: 360.449.7871

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there are 2 different routes. there is the lower cave which is .75 miles in and comes to a dead end. this is the easier route better for kids and the elderly. the other route is the upper cave and it is 1.5 miles through and you will return on a 1.5 mile trail on the surface. This route has 27 rock piles and an 8 ft wall to climb over, this is a very fun hike!!! oh and ATTENTION ALL CITY FOLK, CAVES ARE DARK, BRING A FLASHLIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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15 Completed 9 Reviews

Did the Ape Caves with my wife and two friends last Sunday. This was so much more fun than I even expected! We hiked up to the upper caves and started our descent there. We worked our way down to the lower caves and saw the meatball and then ascended out the lower caves.

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had a great time as always! makes me want to go caving all over the state! not for the clostraphobic though.....

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This is a quick trail that would be interesting for most ages. Bring good light sources and something to keep warm, even in summer (it's quite chilly down there). Note, the lower section is appropriate for most ages. However, the upper section may be better suited for older children.

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Bring a hoodie! 42? down there all year long :)
Pretty cool down there.

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caves are cool

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Very exciting trail, especially for those who pay attention to details. The cave is a very interesting place to explore! Dozens of hidden holes and small rock pockets, beautiful ceiling, mysterious shadows everywhere... Bring a flashlight or a lantern (the latter gives much better light, but eliminates mystery), also be prepared for chill air down in the cave. If you can get down a dozen of stairs and walk over uneven rocky and a bit slippery terrain, you will most likely enjoy this easy trail.

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10 Completed 7 Reviews

Very fun hike. I decided to go from the upper entrance down and you avoid a lot of people until you get close to the end. Make sure to have flashlights of some kind of light. Dress warm, it is cold in the tunnel.

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38 Completed 17 Reviews

Cool bring a bright head lamp two spots you have to climb alittle if you head from the bottom of the cave to the top

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