Break away from the beaten path while in Portland this vacation, and venture just North to the great state of Washington. Our destination will be Mt. Saint Helens, where we will snowshoe through old growth forest to find an ancient wonder; The Ape Caves. These caves are part of an elaborate system of lava tubes, created by magmatic activity many years ago. We will snowshoe one-mile to the cave entrance, where we will descend 50 feet into the Earth and explore this underground world. After we have finished exploring the cave, we will journey back through our winter wonderland to enjoy some hot tea and coffee at the trailhead before returning home. This trip is suitable for beginner and seasoned adventurers alike, with about 200ft of elevation gain, 3mi round trip trekking and a mild-moderate exertion level. We will provide snowshoes, trekking poles, day pack, helmet and flashlights with extra batteries so that you can feel confident and prepared. You will receive a document link upon reservation to help you further prepare. Please reach out to us with any questions, we will be happy to assist you!
Manuel & Nate
Manuel and Nate are lifelong locals who’ve spent their lives exploring the natural world and advancing their skills in the backcountry. They took this passion to new heights by studying Earth and Environmental Science at WSU, and obtaining medical certifications in Wilderness First Response. Together, they founded Stök Outfitters with the goal of providing a safe, fun and informative bridge between city life and the great outdoors for members of all socioeconomic backgrounds and physical abilities, with emphasis on underrepresented groups. We believe that mankind’s love for nature transcends all social and political biases, and that we are strengthened through our diversity. We welcome all those who seek to draw closer to our wildlands and wish to enrich their lives through adventure and exploration. Let us put the Stök in your adventure!
Reusable Water Bottles
Transportation is provided during the trip.
Snowshoes and a Daypack
This adventure takes us deep into the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, through lush forest to the Ape Caves. A natural, lava tube cave formation beneath the Earths Surface.
If you do not have access to weather appropriate outerwear or boots, please let us know! We have an extensive gear closet and there are rental shops near by!
Mt. St. Helens Snowshoe & Caving