Deep below the smolder hulk of a mountain called St. Helens lies a series of ancient lava tunnels. Discovered in the early 1900’s these tunnels remain a dark and silent mystery for many. Named the Ape Caves by regional Mountaineering Groups (thought to be connected to the elusive Sasquatch) in the 1950’s; it is an exciting journey into a subterranean world many have never seen before. Be one of the few, the brave and intrepid who can say they have explored Washington State’s Ape Caves!
Monday - you'll tell your friends at work or school - "I hiked through a lava tunnel under Mt. St. Helens; what did you do?"
This is a fun hike (2.8 miles round trip on fairly level terrain) and suitable for adults and older elementary age children. This hike affords lots of opportunity to visit and get to know one another. Invite friends from work, neighborhood or school.
You'll need: A warm coat, good shoes/boots, flashlight or headlamp, snacks and sack lunch.
Meeting at Lakeside at 8:00 am to take the van and carpool down to Mt. St. Helens. This hike is all underground - so we will go rain or shine. Will be back in Kirkland by 5:00 pm.