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Address: Longview, WA
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Description: Formed about 2,000 years ago from a volcanic eruption, this is one of the...
Formed about 2,000 years ago from a volcanic eruption, this is one of the longest lava tubes (12,810 feet) in the world.
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Two Hiking Options

Ape caves offers two options for your day hike, the first is 3/4 mile and is the leisurely option. This is a great hike for families with young children, adults looking for more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2014
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Kirkland, Washington
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Kirkland, Washington
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Ape caves offers two options for your day hike, the first is 3/4 mile and is the leisurely option. This is a great hike for families with young children, adults looking for more of a "scenic" hike, and elderly people in moderately good health. There were lots of families with very young children, so if your kids are four or... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a great hike but plan ahead because it's not your normal hike. So here's some advice: 1. Pack light, it's only 1 1/4 mile for the upper tube. 2, You don't need any trekiing poles. You need your hands free 3. Bring an extra headlamp just in case your primary one goes out. 4. Secure all items. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Every year we take our kids through the ape caves and The Lake in Cave. They love this hike. It is cool in here even in summer so bring your sweatshirt. Wear jeans and shoes (not sandels). Another great hike in the area is The Lava Canyon. You can do them all in one day. On a hot day stop... More 

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Stillwater, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Nice hike under ground. Lower tube was easy for anyone. The upper tube was difficult and not recommended for anyone uncomfortable with climbing over obstacles.

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Spokane Valley, Washington
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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is my second visit to Ape Cave (NE of Cougar WA) on the southern slopes of Mt. St. Helens in as many decades. We brought the girls (10 and 13) along this time, and we had a great time hiking through the lower cave. We got here before 9am and were one of about 1/2 dozen vehicles in the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Fascinating. Amazing that the 1980 eruption had so little effect. Remember to bring a jacket and a couple of flashlights but stop somewhere quiet and turn them off to get the full effect.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

The ape caves are a great adventure. If you take the more difficult route be prepared to spend 2 hours in the cave and another 40 minutes walking back. Well worth it

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Sammamish, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If you like caves, and like to hike, give this place a try. The place is an old lava tube. You enter kind of in the middle, and have a choice of hiking the lower (easier) part, or the upper (harder) part. We chose the upper. The park itself is about an hour away from I-5, or about 1.5 hours... More 

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Visalia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Even though I am age 65 with an ankle that was dislocated and a leg broken in 3 places last year, I still was able to easily navigate the Lower Cave. I took lots of pictures and my wife and I took our time to view all the walls and ceiling. It was very interesting and fun.

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Escondido, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I have never explored a lava cave before. It was interesting! We did the lower cave which is the easiest of the two. There is an upper cave, and that is more challenging. It was dark and wet and chilly so good thing we had headlamps and we also rented a lantern. It is a good thing we did! I... More 

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