Ape Cave Trails 239, 239A, and 239B

Cougar, Washington

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Ape Cave, the longest known lava tube cave in North America, offers a challenging scramble through the upper cave and a gentle return via a surface trail to the main entrance. Then you again descend into the cave for an easier out-and-back walk through the lower cave. There is no natural light in the cave; therefore each person should have at least two good sources of light with him or her. Headlamps are best.
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by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

Ape Cave, the longest known lava tube cave in North America, offers a challenging scramble through the upper cave and a gentle return via a surface trail to the main entrance. Then you again descend into the cave for an easier out-and-back walk through the lower cave.

There is no natural light in the cave; therefore each person should have at least two good sources of light with him or her. Headlamps are best.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cougar
Distance: 4.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: May through October
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Monument Headquarters, 42218 NE Yale Bridge Road, Amboy, WA 98601; (360) 449-7800; www.fs.fed.us/ gpnf/mshnvm
Local Maps: USGS Mt. Mitchell Quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Ape Cave Trails 239, 239A, and 239B

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