Sno-Park: Trail of Two Forests

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This site is the winter recreation parking area for Trail of Two Forests and Ape Cave areas. Backcountry experience needed. Please always Leave No Trace.

Visitors exploring Ape Cave during the winter season are advised to carry snow shoes and be prepared for winter conditions. Snow depth at the exit of the upper cave is considerably deeper then at the caves entrance. Carry the ten essentials, be prepared for winter conditions and carry at least two sources of light.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 02/18/2020: No snow. Road clear to Trail of Two Forests. Conditions change rapidly. Be prepared for winter driving.
Fees Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required Dec. 1- April 1
Permit Info: Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required Dec. 1- April 1. Permits are also available for purchase at Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station, Mt. Adams Ranger Station, and the Chelatchie Prairie General Store in Amboy.
  • From April 1 to 30, a Sno-Park Permit may or may not be required.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Winter
Busiest Season: Winter weekends
Restrictions: No pets in Ape Cave
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Restroom at Kalama Horse Camp
Information Center: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument

General Information


From Cougar, WA take Lewis River Road east for 2.8 miles. Continue on Forest Road 90 approximately 4 miles and turn left on forest Roaqd 83. Drive north on Forest Road 83 for 3 miles then turn left onto Forest Road 8303 and go 0.2 miles towards Trail of Two Forests.

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