Trailhead: Ape Canyon

Area Status: Open

A small parking area provides access to Ape Canyon Trail #234.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: 06/18/22: Forest Road 83 is OPEN to Ape Canyon Trailhead,  however the trail has received NO MAINTENANCE in 2022. Travel with caution. NOTE: June to September 2022, the FR 99 Extension road, which connects the Plains of Abraham to Windy Ridge and the Smith Creek drainage, is CLOSED Monday through Friday at noon for road construction. Mountain bikers and other visitors will not be permitted to use this connection during this time. 
Fees: $5/vehicle/day or valid Recreation Pass. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Passes: America the Beautiful or Northwest Forest Pass accepted. $5 fee payment station available at nearby Lava Canyon Interpretive Site.
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information


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.


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

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