Ape Cave Trail [CLOSED] is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cougar, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 433 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

cave

views

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

closed

no dogs

Note: Users have reported that this trail is closed due to COVID-19. Please note that the road leading to the trailhead may be closed seasonally due to snow. Please check with the Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument for more information before visiting. This route involves scrambling and moving through small spaces.

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

We did this last summer (2019) and we did the harder cave with our three kids. At the time their ages were 4, 6 & 8. Also, we started from the bottom and went to the top. Due to the kids it was not easy and had to really work to help the kids, but it was worth it and was an awesome experience for all of us! We made sure all of us had head lights prior to going. It does get crowded.

hiking
7 days ago

(When open) I love the caves/trail when there isn’t so many people around. It gets pretty crowded so get there early.

closed
21 days ago

Closed. Parking/Hiking. All of it. Rangers have been handing out tickets. Considered a closed space so Covid closure. Drove two hours to find out... :(

hiking
23 days ago

What a great adventure Ape Cave was! The road is closed way down off the main road, closed again at the turn off that closed road and then closed AGAIN at the Trail of Two Forests parking lot. Stupid COVID. We walked in and it was well worth it!!! So much fun! Weather was beautiful and the cave was amazing!! Lower cave? Easy Peezy! Upper Cave?? Not so much. Well worth the drive!

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

1 month ago

One of absolute favorite hikes in WA. I've been to Carlsbad and Mammoth Cave, but this one is awesome cause its raw (you have to bring your own lighting) and you don't have a guide. you can't get lost cause this sucker is a lava tube. I've done it a few times and am gonna go back again!

hiking
closed
1 month ago

We park our car at the enter cus it was closed . So we walked two miles extra but it was worthy. An awesome experience

hiking
2 months ago

Tiny bit of snow and ice here and there on the trail leading to the caves. Not a big deal at all. We took the lower cave walk.. it was a little rocky here and there but mostly easy to get around in there. Cool little first time cave exploration. Head lamp and hand flashlight were helpful for sure, its pretty dark inside the cave. Have fun!

recorded Ape Cave Trail

hiking
fee
rocky
scramble
snow
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Very unique experience- worth it. The upper cave requires balance and can be tough on your knees. If you plan to do both, recommend doing the lower trail first.

hiking
icy
snow
3 months ago

Fun trail, easy for my 6 year old. The road leading in was closed, so there was an quick hike to the start. Some areas were covered in ice, but staying to the sides of the road in the packed snow made it much easier. The entrance to the caves was very slippery and took some maneuvering to get us all in, micro spikes weren’t necessary but could have been useful just in that spot. Headlamps/ flashlights and warm layers are needed to make it through. Will definitely return in the summer when the road is open.

3 months ago

Easy trail for the kiddos during the summer!

hiking
icy
snow
3 months ago

Did upper cave today. Icy trail coming back down from upper exit. Micro spikes came in handy. Snow starts at gate with minimal on the road but entire trail from upper parking lot to upper exit is covered in snow and patches of ice. Stairs into main entrance also had ice, be very very careful.

hiking
rocky
snow
3 months ago

Nice hike, not crowded but some of the parking lots were closed.

3 months ago

rad long caves

hiking
scramble
snow
4 months ago

We went today and the road to the trailhead was closed due to snow, so we hiked an additional 15-20 minutes in the snow. We did the lower trail and only encountered a couple of hikers on the way back, not very crowded at all this time of year. Bring a flashlight and rain gear, boots and gear suitable for short hike in the snow. Great hike for kids. Stop at the Cougar Store on the way in for great snacks and friendly service.

hiking
scramble
snow
4 months ago

hiking
flooded
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
washed out
4 months ago

Excelente experiencia, altamente recomendada. No apto para perros.

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