Trailhead: Ape Canyon

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This small parking area provides parking access to the trailhead.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/16/2018: A Northwest Forest or America the Beautiful Pass, or $5 in the fee tube at Trail of Two Forests required.
Fees $5.00/vehicle/day - On site payment not available.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment. Passes available at Lava Canyon.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters and Visitor Centers

General Information


Parking area is small and can be very busy on the weekends.


From Cougar WA take Lewis River Road east for 2.8 miles. The road then changes to Forest Road 90. Continue on Forest Road 90 to Forest Road 83, approximately 4 miles and turn left. Drive Forest Road 83 for 8.4 miles to the Ape Canyon Trailhead. The trailhead is on the left just before the end of the road at the Lava Canyon Trailhead.

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