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Ape Cave

Longview, WA
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Ranked #3 of 11 attractions in Longview
Type: Caverns/ Caves
Description: Located near Mount St. Helens, this cave is full of weird rock formations, from stalactites and stalagmites to columns, flowstone and frostwork.
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St. Helens, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

One sunny day a logger named Johnson came into my fathers store and told a tale about finding a big hole in the ground north of the Mitchell Peak swinging bridge over the Lewis River. Harry Reese, my father, was also our Boy Scoutmaster at the time. He gathered up the boys of Troop 348 and we headed up the... More

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Corvallis, OR USA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We are a 48 year old couple in fairly decent shape and the upper portion was an exertion. We wanted a challenge though. My husband is also a tad claustrophobic and only experienced a couple of places where he felt uneasy. The majority of the hike is pretty open. Our teenage son had no issues what-so-ever. My one big question... More

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Longview, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Quick notes: Ape Cave Lava Tubes and Ape Cave are the same thing. Also, this site lists them as being in Longview, but they're actually about 1-1/2 hour drive south. It's not technically a "cave" per say, rather it's an underground 'lava tube' where lava once flowed through back in the day. You get there by going through Woodland and... More

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Portland, Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Went up to Ape Cave from Portland with my parents (60s-ish). There are two options for hiking: the lower portion, which is the easy route, has good footing and very little in the way of obstacles to get over (took about an hour). The upper portion is significantly more challenging and requires more balance and athleticism (took about 2 hours).... More

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New Milford, Connecticut
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110 reviews 110 reviews
35 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We saw Mt St Helen's one day and had to go to this on the next day. What great fun it was to go down into the cave and walk through the tunnels. You need lights or headlamps and sweatshirts. We went when it was warm outside but the caves are always cold - so go prepared. If you have... More

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Ridgefield, Washington, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Very cool experience. I brought my 10 year old 5 year old, and 3 year old; they all had a blast. Bring warm clothes and an extra flashlight.

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Bridlington, England, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
38 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

We walked the upper cave - or rather walked/climbed/ scrambled. Took about 3 hours but that was with photos stops (many of them!). Its very cold so take extra layers of clothing. Hiking boots are a good idea, and a flashlight essential as it is pitch dark It is an awesome adventure and I would do it again one day

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Kampala, Uganda
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66 reviews 66 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012 via mobile

This is a full day activity if you hike both the upper and lower chambers. The lower chamber is a good 1+ hour walk to the end and back and the upper chamber is a challenging 2+ hour scramble and climb and leap to the end. Both chambers are cold so wear a coat or sweater (5 degrees Celsius). The... More

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Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

We walked the Lower Cave (easy) on a 90 degree day. It was 42 degrees in the cave so make sure you bring cold weather clothing. The ground is very jagged and un-level I suggest Hiking Boots with full foot and Ankle support. And last suggestion, get a headlight with the highest Lumens you can find. You don't want to... More

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Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

My adult son and I spent a great day hiking in this area. We should have brought warmer clothing, sturdy boots, and big flashlights so didn't go in very far, but it was still great. It would be wonderful as an education family experience. Must be able to climb over rocks in slippery, dark circumstances.

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