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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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A wonderful diversion on a hot day. The cave is always cold no matter what the weather. Be sure to take plenty of light sources because it is very dark. We enjoyed seeing the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Macon, Georgia
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Macon, Georgia
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

A wonderful diversion on a hot day. The cave is always cold no matter what the weather. Be sure to take plenty of light sources because it is very dark. We enjoyed seeing the cave in its natural state without the "improvements" that you see in so many tourist caves. Come prepared because it is in the middle of nowhere,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

Good for the novice caver. Need appropriate shoes, sweater and a good flashlight. It's a constant 42* pretty easy walking with a good flashlight. The entrance starts in the middle so you have a choice to go either the upper or lower 1/2. We did the lower 1/2 and will soon return to finish the upper 1/2.

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GIG HARBOR
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131 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This was so cool to visit! Go early or later in the day to avoid the crowds. TIPS: *bring a flashlight or headlamp(you can rent a lantern for $5 if the store is open) *wear comfortable shoes *wear layers as it does get cool down there-we could see our breath *be prepared for rough terrain in some spots Have fun... More 

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Longview, Washington
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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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
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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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