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  Ape Canyon slices through the mountainsides
by mtncorg

At the end of the Ape Canyon Trail, 5.5 miles, you ocme to the Loowit Trail - a trail that goes around the base of Mt St Helens. To your right is the dramatic 300 foot rock slot Ape Canyon, slicing through mountain walls like a knife through butter. The canyon draws a narrow line which drops quickly down the the valley floor of Smith Creek, over 2000 feet below.

Ape Canyon was so named when a Sasquatch - Bigfoot - was seen throwing rocks on a miners cabin below in the valley - 1924. This first Bigfoot sighting was later confess to be bogus, but the name remains.

From here the entry into the moonscape of the Plains of Abraham is also visible, inviting the wanderer to venture farther.

Address: 42218 N.E. Yale Bridge Rd., Amboy, WA 98601
Directions: From I-5, exit 21 Woodland; east following signs to Mt St Helens 35 miles to Forest Road 83;
11.2 miles farther to Ape Canyon trailhead.

Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/recreation/trails/locations/msh-0234-ape-canyon.shtml

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  • Written Jun 13, 2004
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