Aug 20, 2011
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Ape Caves
- Region: South Cascades -- Mt. St. Helens
- Trails: Ape Cave (#239)
- Avg Rating: 4.41
I felt my Black Diamond Icon headlight was barely strong enough. Also, I would bring a helmet next time: There were several piles of rock that had to be scrambled over, and 2 or 3 "lava falls" that had to be climbed (one using a short rope). The rock wasn't slippery, but I was glad we went uphill rather than down.
Visiting the caves on a busy day is not a good idea: You keep getting blinded by oncoming headlights and camera flashes (making it harder for your eyes to adjust to the dark), and slow, large groups cause congestion in the upper cave.
Tracklog (outside trail): http://connect.garmin.com/activity/108741090