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Ape Waterfall is a waterfall in Muir Woods. Following the destruction of their home, the San Francisco Ape Colony found a temporary safe haven in a hidden cavern with a tunnel system hidden inside a waterfall. The apes thrived there and fought Alpha-Omega while Rocket and Blue Eyes searched for a new home far from the remaining humans.

It was later exposed by gorilla traitor Winter, revealing the location to J. Wesley McCullough and leading to an ambush. Following the battle, the apes abandoned the waterfall and made their way to a new home: an oasis deep within a vast desert, found by Rocket and the slain Blue Eyes.



At some point, the San Francisco Ape Colony found the cavern and made it their new haven after the destruction of their village at the hands of their greatest traitor Koba. The apes used the tunnel system in the caves to hide from Alpha-Omega in the midst of the Human-Ape War. Alpha-Omega was known to be searching the woods for the ape's refuge in hopes of wiping out the ape colony once and for all.

War for the Planet of the Apes[]

Assassination Attempt on Caesar[]

A council meeting was held after Caesar's son Blue Eyes, and Rocket return from a journey to find a safe haven for the apes. They reported what they have found; an oasis across a vast desert devoid of settlement, making it the perfect home for the tribe. Winter, still frightened from the soldiers' attack, suggested to leave immediately, but Caesar does not think they are prepared to leave so soon due to their massive number.

Colonel J. Wesley McCullough, having learned the exact location of the ape hideout from Red's secret deal with Winter, infiltrated the waterfall with two soldiers. Caesar, still awake and analyzing the map to their new home, spotted the soldiers' movements through the waterfall and realized that the hideout was being invaded. Having his family stay hidden, Caesar met with Luca and had him gather allies as they found a human soldier sneaking around and killed him.

Unknown to Caesar, his family came under threat by a female soldier, who was killed by Blue Eyes. However, McCullough approached the area and succeeded in killing Cornelia and Blue-Eyes in a dishonorable manner, thinking Blue Eyes was Caesar. McCullough then broadcasted a message that he (supposedly) killed Caesar who overheard the message from a comm and realized what happened. Caesar then returned to the waterfall opening, only to see McCullough preparing to leave.

As McCullough prepared to jump, he turned and locked eyes with Caesar, confused as he turned to the bodies of Blue Eyes and Cornelia, which Caesar directed his gaze and became horrified and enraged at the death of his wife and eldest son. Realizing his mistake, McCullough opened fire at Caesar, but disengaged after spotting more apes emerging from the tunnels and jumped out through the waterfall, Caesar pursued, grabbing onto the cable and climbed, but McCullough cut the cable after Caesar knocked the M4A1 Assault Rifle out of his hand, sending the ape falling down into the water. Caesar managed to survived the drop and was forced to watch as McCullough escaped.

Leaving the Falls[]

By dawn, Luca reports to Caesar that Winter couldn't be found and believed that the albino ape betrayed them out of cowardice. Caesar also discovered his younger son, Cornelius survived the carnage and was relieved, though now harboring vengeance against the Colonel for his act. Deciding to leave the falls since their location was now compromised, Caesar had the apes set out for potential home Blue Eyes spoke of while he hunts down the Colonel.


WPOTA Ape Waterfall interior

Behind the waterfall lies a secret cavern with a tunnel system, where Caesar and his colony live in safety from the war. Over the two years of their war, the apes managed to add log structures within it and various torches throughout the tunnels. Due to the running water, all the noises are drowned out by the waterfall.


  • Caesar † - First King and founder of the San Francisco Ape Colony. Cornelia's husband, and the father of Blue Eyes and Cornelius.
  • Cornelia † - First Queen of the San Francisco Ape Colony. Caesar's wife, and the mother of Blue Eyes and Cornelius. She was killed by J. Wesley McCullough.
  • Blue Eyes † - Caesar and Cornelia's first born son, First Prince of the San Francisco Ape Colony, and elder brother of Cornelius. He was killed by Colonel McCullough.
  • Cornelius - Caesar and Cornelia's second born son, the Second Prince and heir of the San Francisco Ape Colony, and the younger brother of Blue Eyes.
  • Maurice - Teacher of the San Francisco Ape Colony who acted as the primary advisor of Caesar.
  • Stone - Former follower of Koba now loyal to Caesar again.
  • Spear † - A follower of Caesar and member of Caesar's Ape Army.
  • Rocket - Best friend of Caesar, a close friend of Maurice and Cornelia, a good friend of Luca and the father of the late Ash.
  • Luca † - Leader of the Gorilla Guard and good friend of Caesar, Blue Eyes, Maurice and Rocket.
  • Winter † - An albino gorilla and former member of the Gorilla Guard, he betrayed the colony and gave up the their location.


Planet of the Apes - 20th Century Reboot Series
Planet of the Apes (CE) Movies
Rise of the Planet of the Apes | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | War for the Planet of the Apes | Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes | Untitled fifth Planet of the Apes film
Main Evolved Ape Characters
Caesar | Bright Eyes | Koba | Maurice | Rocket | Buck | Cornelia | Blue Eyes | Luca | Ash | Cornelius | Winter | Lake | Bad Ape | Red | Noa | Soona | Anaya | Raka | Koro | Dar | Proximus Caesar | Sylva | Lightning
Supporting Ape Characters
Alpha | Burke | Verdon | Tinker | Grey | Stone | Andy | Wolfie | Jeanpierre | Lucky | Koba's Mother | Sparrow | Pope | Fifer | Cora | Rex | Bon | Dallas | Milo | Herman | Spear | Ajax | Oak | Fox | Aghoo | Ursus | Percy | Beardface | Armando | Luna | Oda | Rust
Main Human Characters
Will Rodman | Charles Rodman | Caroline Aranha | Robert Franklin | Steven Jacobs | Dodge Landon | John Landon | Douglas Hunsiker | Malcolm | Ellie | Alexander | Dreyfus | Carver | Foster | Colonel McCullough | Nova | Mae | Trevathan
Supporting Human Characters
Rodney | John Hamil | Rita | Sarah | Maddy | John | Edward | Roger Mason | Werner | Kemp | Clancy Stoppard | Corbin | Daniel Nygun | David Flynn | Finney | Kuo | Malakai Youmans | Max (Firestorm) | McVeigh | Terry | Roger | Rod Wilson | Preacher | Boyle | Lang | Travis | Korina
Rodman Family | Caesar's Family | Malcolm's Family | Rocket's Family | Dreyfus' Family
Horse | Elk | Grizzly Bear | Eagle | Zebra
Items / Weapons
Simian Flu
Important Events / Battles
Ape Rebellion | Human-Ape War | Simian Flu Pandemic | Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge | Battle in San Francisco | Battle of Muir Woods Park | Attack on Ape Waterfall | Battle of the Border
Organizations / Colonies / Companies
San Francisco Ape Colony | Caesar's Council of Apes | Caesar's Ape Army | Gen-Sys Board | San Francisco's Human Colony | Dreyfus' Human Army | Malcolm's Group | Alpha-Omega | Donkeys | Florida Ape Colony | Rocky Mountains Ape Colony | Eagle Clan | Coastal Ape Colony | Order of Caesar | Satellite Human Colony
West African Jungle | San Francisco | San Francisco Zoo | Gen-Sys Laboratories | Rodman House | San Bruno Primate Shelter | Golden Gate Bridge | Muir Woods Park | Ape Mountain | Ape Gate | Ape Village | Caesar's Home | Warehouse | Ape Waterfall | The Border | Oasis
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (webcomic) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Before the Dawn | War for the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man | Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age | Planet of the Apes: Devolution
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations | War for the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | Caesar’s Story
Other Books
Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | War for the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album)
Video Games
Plague Inc: Simian Flu | Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier | Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR