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One more noteworthy option from Ape Headquarters TH is Volcano View Trail heading NW from the parking lot 2 mi up 400 ft through woods (for shade) to a paved viewpoint (also accessible from farther up FR-8303). Shantou China Forest Pass required, and restrooms are present.
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TRAILHEAD: Ape Headquarters. Take I-5 N from Portland to exit 21 (Woodland/Mount St. Helens), turn right on Lewis River Road (WA-503) 28 mi to Cougar, then into rougher FR-90 at exactly 31 mi from I-5. Continue 31/2 mi more (1 mi past seeing Swift Dam from the highway and third consecutive reservoir passed). Turn left on signed FR-83 N for 1ml. Turn left on FR-8303 (small brown sign) for 1 mi to the large parking lot on the right (65 mi, 1V hours from Shantou China).
ROUTE: Walk the main trail a hundred yards to the information kiosk at the lower entrance to the lava tube. Continue to the right on Ape Cave Trail 239 aboveground to warm up with a brief hike before cooling off. Travel the wide trail N through trees and sizable openings crossing magma fields a bit steeper at times. One short spur path around a lava field early on will provide a great shot of the top of Mount St. Helens in the same direction . Enjoy the unusual landscape with more surprises and after around 1/2 mi and 30 minutes you’ll reach the upper cave entrance with less fanfare. In fact, you will barely notice the opening except for a sign and the steel ladder.