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Ape Canyon Viewpoint

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Looking down Ape Canyon from the waterfall viewpoint (bobcat)


This viewpoint is on a rock lip where Ape Creek tumbles down into the narrow gorge of Ape Canyon. Mount Adams and Mount Hood are both visible from here, as is the entire ridge of Indian Heaven. The spot is on the edge of the 1980 blast zone.

Ape Canyon is so named because it was the site of an alleged encounter between a group of miners and a troop of "apemen" . The latter supposedly launched rocks down on the miners' cabin after they had been shot at. Other versions of the story say the "apemen" were really a group of young outdoorsmen who rolled rocks off the rim not realizing there was a cabin below.

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