The Ape Canyon Trail climbs gently as it leaves the trailhead. After a short distance, the path turns right along the bank of the Muddy River Lahar. Four-tenths of a mile from the trailhead the trail follows an abandoned roadbed for a short distance. Soon the route leads up a small, open ridge with great views. The path traverses off the left side of the ridge, through vine maple, alder and huckleberry bushes. You will continue to climb gently through the small forest until you are about 0.9 mile from the trailhead. Here the route enters larger timber, with some large old-growth Douglas-firs. Half a mile farther along the trail makes the first of five switchbacks and takes you up to a ridgeline. The path crosses the ridge 2.6 miles from the trailhead. The tread traverses a brushy area after crossing the ridge. Here both Mount Rainier and Mount Adams come into view. Continuing to climb, the trail generally follows the ridge. The Blast Zone across Ape Canyon comes into view 3.5 miles from the trailhead. Flowers cover much of the open area in July. Watch for a colony of whistle pigs (hoary marmots) that inhabit the upper part of Ape Canyon above the gorge.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||1,340 ft|
|Season||Best spring thru fall|
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