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Ape Canyon Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Trailhead signs (bobcat)
Clodius parnassian (Parnassius clodius) on the Ape Canyon Trail (bobcat)


Hikes starting here

Driving Directions

Drive I-5 north from Portland and take Exit 21 for Highway 503, Woodland and Cougar.

After exiting, turn right on Highway 503E in Woodland, and proceed 0.8 miles to a roundabout.

Bear right here on the Lower Lewis River Road for Cougar, and drive 22.5 miles to the junction with the 503 Spur, where you keep straight for Cougar.

Drive another 12.0 miles, passing through Cougar and over the Lewis River Levee (After 8.6 miles, the road becomes FR 90).

Make a left onto FR 83 for Ape Cave, Climbers Bivouac, and Lava Canyon.

Drive 11.3 miles, passing the turnoffs for Ape Cave, Climbers Bivouac, and June Lake, before turning left into the small, paved parking area at the Ape Canyon Trailhead.

The trailhead is 0.2 miles before the larger Lava Canyon Trailhead. At that trailhead, there are restrooms, picnic tables, and the Lava Canyon Loop Hike.

Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • Northwest Forest Pass (or America the Beautiful Pass) required

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Oregon Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Trail routing and conditions are subject to change. Please contact us if you notice errors on this page.

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