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Ape Cave Lava Tubes

Cougar, WA, United States, Longview, WA
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Bring a good flashlight

This large lava tube is very interesting and not too difficult a walk (just watch your step.) We... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jay M
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Ape Caves and Lava Tubes

We stopped at the lava tubes first. Teenage son and husband got up enough nerve to crawl through... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
tbga53107
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Ohio
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Formed about 2,000 years ago from a volcanic eruption, this is one of the longest lava tubes (12,810 feet) in the world.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good27%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“hiking boots” (20 reviews)
“sturdy shoes” (16 reviews)
“ape cave” (38 reviews)
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Cougar, WA, United States, Longview, WA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This large lava tube is very interesting and not too difficult a walk (just watch your step.) We walked the lower tube (the upper is more difficult) and enjoyed the artifacts and overall experience. You can rent a 1970s era Coleman lantern for $5, but...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at the lava tubes first. Teenage son and husband got up enough nerve to crawl through the tubes. The rest of us went in a little at the opposite end. It’s a little unnerving as it’s quite snug in the tubes and of...More

2  Thank tbga53107
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is a lot of scrambling, and yes you must take your time and make sure your footing is secure, but the upper cave is a must if you are in decent enough shape. It’s not a long hike, just intense at spots. Heads up,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dogs are not allowed in the caves, so leave them at your campsite. It takes about an hour round trip to hike the lower easier Caves. I only walked in for 15 minutes since I was wearing a boot after foot surgery. After I got...More

Thank Amanda H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely a unique experience. Be sure to bring something warm to wear as it is really chilly underground. Also hiking boots and a flashlight or headlamp are musts.

Thank Hayley B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hiked the upper tunnels and be prepared by wearing proper shoes and clothes. I am a regular hiker and found this difficult. It gets cool and slick in the caves. You have to maneuver over lots of rocks and crawl up and through tight spaces....More

4  Thank Michelle A
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Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

I took my 2 teen boys and my 2 six year old boys to both of the caves. The lower caves was nice and cool and an easy walk. I would say almost any age would enjoy this Cave. The other Cave, the upper Cave...More

Thank Jd J
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Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

We spent the day at Mt. St. Helens on the south side. Our hope was to get to Windy Ridge but found once we got close, the road was closed. Boo! So we made a stop at Ape Caves. There were 6 adults and 4...More

1  Thank Bridget R
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Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

I was only three months out of back surgery I was able to do the top part with no problems and this summer I hope to do the next section wonderful I am almost 70 years old

2  Thank lyndasuevb
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

We went early arriving at 8:00AM when they had just opened gates and were glad we did. It took us a few minutes ti figure out where we were supposed to enter cave because there really weren't directions on signs. We chose the easy route...More

Thank Mary B
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Miesha P
June 27, 2018|
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Response from psdmd | Reviewed this property |
Trail of two forests (cool for kids) and Lava canyon (a little tricky for a novice kid hiker) are nearby, we did them. Not much lodging nearby though.
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jodyneafriend4u
June 10, 2018|
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Response from Paulsue222 | Reviewed this property |
No charge at all!
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