Ape Canyon

Cougar, Washington

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The Ape Canyon Trail provides one of the best possible places to observe and study the effects that a large lahar has on the landscape. This route climbs along the edge of the huge Muddy River Lahar, then treats you to a spectacular view down the sharply cut upper gorge of Ape Canyon—and the possibility of being entertained by the marmots that live close by.
A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens

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A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

The Ape Canyon Trail provides one of the best possible places to observe and study the effects that a large lahar has on the landscape. This route climbs along the edge of the huge Muddy River Lahar, then treats you to a spectacular view down the sharply cut upper gorge of Ape Canyon—and the possibility of being entertained by the marmots that live close by.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cougar
Distance: 9.6
Elevation Gain: 1,340 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Late June through September
Trailhead Elevation: 2,850 feet
Top Elevation: 4,000 feet
Local Contacts: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: USGS Mount St. Helens, Smith Creek Butte
Driving Directions: Directions to Ape Canyon

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