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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.
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Cougar, WA, United States, Longview, WA
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I really want to highlight that you should keep hiking past the "sky light" with the super sketchy old ropes. This is not the exit from the upper tube. I used the sky light today, not knowing there was a different exit. I ended up...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 15, 2019 via mobile

We went to the Ape Caves on April 13 2019. Outside there was still small amounts of snow but the mile walk to the cave entrance was clear. The upper parking lot is permanently closed, so be ready for this walk from lower parking. It...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Parttimehawaiian
Reviewed March 25, 2019

Love this lava tube! Have taken the family there many times and we always enjoy it. However, my kids were the only apes I ever saw there! When you decend into the cave, you have the option to head to the left for an easy...More

Date of experience: March 2019
2  Thank ptknight
Reviewed February 18, 2019

The road was plowed up to Trail of Two Forests Trailhead. Which meant to get to the Ape Caves you had to travel on foot. Some people knew this and had come prepared with snowshoes. Some did not, like us. We were dressed in full...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

We took the caves from the near entrance out and walked the above ground trail out. We brought our dogs but learned upon arrival they are not allowed in the caves and for good reason. The terrain is difficult, the walk seems long, and it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank erikaaliice
Reviewed December 11, 2018

I have been to the Ape Caves 3 times now. Once down the lower side and twice up the longer way. I am from California and I have already commented to a few people that I love the accessibility of the cave. While a metal...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank timL4337TB
Reviewed November 17, 2018

Must bring strong headlamp (or flashlight) and proper tennis shoes or hiking boots. It's an underground lave tube so it gets pitch dark and slippery at some points due to the snow and water. It can be a short or long hike. If it's the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank travelinh1
Reviewed November 16, 2018 via mobile

This place is a great adventurous excursion for the family. I took my wife, 14 year old daughter, and 11 year old son. It has just the right amount of adventure, and a bit of scare to keep the kids very much into the entire...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jorzzwy
Reviewed November 12, 2018

A popular stop on the south edge of Mt. St. Helens national monument, it has a limited parking lot (fee) even on non-holiday weekends in May. There are limited facilities here, and bring an extra layer of clothes, a flashlight, and good walking shoes for...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Ape Caves is a tucked away treasure. It is definitely a special place to the locals and I hope they can keep it that way. Take plenty of lighting, light sides, good waterproof shoes, warm layers, and a good head lamp. The Upper Caves is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Maryntash A
March 31, 2019|
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Response from ClineFam | Reviewed this property |
I think the conditions are better now than when we went during snowmaggedon. Maybe some tall boots in case of slush. If the road is still not plowed, walk the road and then up the left hillside to get to the trailhead. It... More
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Mindysue852
March 3, 2019|
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Response from bwanderer1 | Reviewed this property |
No, but the road to Windy Cave offers a partial view, even if it’s only open part of the way. The best view was from the Oregon side, going up the hill from the river, but that’s a bit of a drive from Ape Cave.
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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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