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Address: Longview, WA
Description: Located near Mount St. Helens, this cave is full of weird rock formations...
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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good hike

great hike, some climbing. nice break from the normal. good place to see and get outdoors. this is a beautiful part of Washington and something worth seeing if you like outdoors

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
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Longview, Washington
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Longview, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

great hike, some climbing. nice break from the normal. good place to see and get outdoors. this is a beautiful part of Washington and something worth seeing if you like outdoors

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Longview, Washington
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you want to do something fun with the kids that is educational too, this is the place to go. It is just beautiful. It can be a little wet and slippery so be careful and wear good shoes for hiking. It is also VERY dark! But it is an amazing experience that you should not miss. You have to... More 

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Saugerties, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I went here with my teenage son and it was AWESOME! Beautiful drive to get there as well as the trail getting there. As mentioned, you must bring a really good flashlight or headlamp because it is pitch black down there. We did have lamps but had to follow another couple to get through it! You do have to have... More 

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Woodland, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I live near a lady whose grandfather discovered the Ape Cave back in the day. If you visit SW WA state and go to Mt. St. Helens, the Ape Cave is a must-see. There are many other attractions near it, such as, The Trail of Two Forests, the Lava Canyon and many miles of hiking trails. The trail up the... More 

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Longview, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Bring a headlamp or good flashlight or you will be at the mercy of fellow travelers. Lots of birds after exiting the upper end of the cave. Bring binoculars too. Kids will love trekking through the pitch black.

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Columbus, Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I loved Ape Cave. It was amazing! The best part was walking in the cave, going from nice and bright and warm, to cold, wet and dark. You can see your breath year round! The Meatball was cool, how a rock got wedged up between to walls. It was a neat experience and would recommend to anyone.

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St. Helens, Oregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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