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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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Longview, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
11 helpful votes 11 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
36 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
38 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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