Ape Caves/Lava Tubes – Mount St. Helens

Wow! This experience was surreal! Approaching this giant hole in the ground, the summer heat unexpectedly changed and I felt my ears starting to freeze! It was so dark and so cold, but dang this had to be one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I learned a lot too. If your wondering why it’s called the ape caves check out the section below! One of my favorite things taking these trips is trying to learn more about the environment around me.

According to the Washington Trails Association the: “Ape Cave was formed nearly 2000 years ago from lava streaming down the southern flank of Mount St. Helens. As the outer edges cooled into a hardened crust, the inner molten lava was able to drain away before it hardened, leaving behind a tube. After stumbling upon the cave in approximately 1950, a logger told his spelunker friend. That friend explored the cave with his sons and their friends, who called themselves the Mount St. Helens Apes. Thus the name of the cave.”

Giesbers, K. (n.d.). Ape caves. Washington Trails Association. https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/ape-cave.

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