Ape Cave Trail #239

 

Ape Cave Trail #239

Mt. Mitchell quadrangle.

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

The above ground Ape Cave Trail #239 provides an easy return route, except during the winter season, to the main entrance and Apes’ Headquarters, after hiking the upper cave route. Today the cave is a popular visitor attraction, with many thousands of visitors annually.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 08/15/2014: Open
Open Season: Year round
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions:

Pets, smoking, fireworks, and food are prohibited in the cave.

Please leave pets at home, hot summer tempatures can be deadly for pets left in cars.

Closest Towns:

Amboy, WA

Water: No
Restroom: Vault Tolilets
Passes: A Sno-Park Pass is required at Trail of Two Forests Sno-Park during the winter season. Beginning April 1st, A Northwest Forest Pass is required. Passes available.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters and Visitor Centers   See also:  South Side - SR 503, Forest Roads 83 & 90

General Information

Directions:

Begin at Apes' Headquarters on Forest Road 8303.

Note: To protect big game habitat, Forest Road 8303 is closed to motorized use during the winter months. Plan to park at the Trail of Two Forests Trailhead and hike or snowshoe the 1 mile to the cave in winter.

Activities


Hiking

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Caving

The lower cave is the more popular route with its fairly level, mudflow-covered floor. Highlights include “railroad tracks” and the "meatball." Allow at least an hour to complete the 1.6-mile round trip.

The upper cave travels over large rock piles and requires scaling of an 8-foot lava fall. Two-thirds of the way up you will pass beneath The Skylight, an opening to the surface. Do not try to climb out; this is NOT an exit. The upper exit is only 0.25 mile ahead. The upper cave is not recommended for small children.

Allow 2.5 hours for travel through the upper cave to Ape Cave Trail #239. The above ground Ape Cave Trail #239 provides an easy return route to the main entrance and Apes’ Headquarters.


Winter Sports

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Fire Danger Level: Low

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
  Lower Ape Cave: 0.8 milesUpper Ape Cave: 1.5 milesApe Cave Trail: 1.3 miles
  Elevation : 
1800 - 2500