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Ape Cave Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The Ape's Headquarters, Ape Cave (bobcat)
The Lower Cave entrance (bobcat)


Hikes starting here

Driving Directions

Drive I-5 north 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 1.8 miles and turn left onto FR 8303 for Ape Cave.

Drive 0.9 miles, and turn right for the Ape Cave Interpretive Site.

Drive 0.1 miles to the upper parking area, or use the lower overflow parking area if that one is full. There are also parking spaces alongside the entrance road.

Other information

There is a visitor center here, the Ape's Headquarters, which usually opens sometime in June. It is open every day in the summer and on September weekends after Labor Day. You can rent lanterns here for $5. There are also guided tours on some days.

During the winter, you can only drive as far as the Trail of Two Forests Trailhead (Sno-Park permit required). Hike, ski or snowshoe from there the 0.7 miles up to Ape Cave.

Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • Northwest Forest Pass (or America the Beautiful Pass) required
  • Visitor center, restrooms, picnic area

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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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