Ape Canyon Trail

HARD 33 reviews

Ape Canyon Trail is a 9.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cougar, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, birding, and mountain biking and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2434 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This is an incredible trail. Safe to say there is nothing quite like this anywhere in the states. You climb through a forest that somehow survived the blast of St. Helens with views getting better and better the farther you climb. Then, you pop out of the woods and begin traversing the Plains of Abraham.

11 hours ago

A great challenge

1 day ago

So pretty! But the difficulty rate should be moderate, not "hard".

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3 months ago

Fun hike, really not difficult except if you aren't used to the distance. Not steep, trail good..more of a moderate imo. The views are awesome!

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3 months ago

LOTS of mosquitos and flies. It's uphill most of the way but overall a good hike! The views are awesome. Go early if you want parking nearby.

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3 months ago

A new favorite for me! Bring bug spray!

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10 months ago

I made the mistake of going after a snow storm and the the trail was completely covered in downed trees at the top of the first mountain. Pretty cool but save this one for a sunny day. Wonderful views of Mt Adams, Mt St. Helens and the Columbia Gorge range.