PictureJoin the Syndicate @2016 Ape Caves
We began this week's journey to Ape Caves near Mt. St. Helen's, WA as we trek across Washington State to the International Bigfoot Conference.    The Ape Caves are located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest where they went unnoticed for about 2,000 years.   However in 1951, Larry Johnson of Amboy, Washington was logging in the area when he discovered the entrance to the lava tube cave, which was at the time, almost completely blocked with vegetation and timber growth.   Johnson then related 'the find' to the Harry Reese family and they investigated and explored what is now known as Ape Cave.


Evidence for Sasquatch in the Caves?

While you are unlikely to find a Sasquatch at the caves today, according to those that work in the caves, there is too much unexplained evidence for it to be left undocumented.  Our tour included exclusive access into some of these "need to document" areas and we are happy to share our photos from our trip.   The result?? some fossilized footprints and impressions that leave all of us to wonder?     Did Sasquatch at one time inhabit these caves?    Judge for yourself.

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Our trip to Ape Caves 2016 - Paul, Mike & Chuck
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Our first stop was along the upper cave, Carousel 1 or so it is called - where our guide showed us an impression that has always keeps the legend alive in their minds.
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Located in Upper Cave #1 - Photo by Sasquatch Syndicate @ 2016 *Lighting adjusted to full
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This rock and stick has been fixed into place at about 9ft above the walking path, to mark the trail head and route to the footprint impressions - while many pass through everyday - there attention is not on breaking a leg or an ankle and little time is left for exploring. Find this in the Upper Cave and you will find a path of prints along the wall beneath.
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My 14" foot next to the first impression beneath the marker. Makes you wonder.....
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Paul and Mike Discussing the Journey and the Legend.
So Why is it called Ape Cave? 

Harry Reese was Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout Troop called "The Apes;" so named because of their interest in the legend of Mt. St. Helens and its Native American tales of ole Sasquatch. Thus the cave they explored in those years was tagged "Ape Cave" after the Scout Troop of that day. 

Contrary to a published bigfoot book, the 1924 Fred Beck Story in Ape Canyon was not the motivation for the naming of the 1951 Ape Cave. The canyon story was on the other side of the mammoth mountain from Ape Cave. The Scouts were influenced by the Native Americans and their campfire stories, which did not include Fred Beck but rather focused on Native encounters with what they perceived as the mountain's hairy apes in the '50's.   

The cave itself was formed 2,000 years ago, what is now a cave was once a stream bed. An eruption from the mountain's summit filled the gully with lava, which did not harden consistently. As the outward part of the flow cooled and hardened, the inner strand kept moving out the bottom of the cave.

The lava flowed for 3 to 6 months, resulting in the cave as we know it today; at 12,810 feet, it is the longest such formation in North America. Walls average 30 feet thick. The forests grew up and over the main entrance until it was discovered by Lawrence "Larry" Johnson in 1951.

In a round about way, it was indeed named after the legendary Sasquatch by way of a Boy Scout Troop named "The Apes." According to Native American legend, those apes were the elusive Sasquatch.

@Sasquatch Syndicate
Copyright Bobbie Short
Mt. St. Helens
Ape Cave, 1985
 


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