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Ape Cave Lava Tubes

Cougar, WA, United States, Longview, WA
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Great Lava Tube Adventure

"Oh, it's just a lava tube, what could go wrong?" Famous last words. The point is, one should not... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dan G
Salinas, California, United States
Impressive with a caveat

If you think that all you have to do is go down into a deep hole in the ground and walk in the dark... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Longview, Washington
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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” (18 reviews)
“sturdy shoes” (17 reviews)
“foot wall” (9 reviews)
Cougar, WA, United States, Longview, WA

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

"Oh, it's just a lava tube, what could go wrong?" Famous last words. The point is, one should not take this adventure lightly. Yes, thousands of adults and children have traveled through these caves safely over the many decades without incident but that by no...More

Thank Dan G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you think that all you have to do is go down into a deep hole in the ground and walk in the dark for a while, please do not go there. I have friends who took the journey and ended up with broken bones,...More

Thank Paulsue222
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was a little scared at first but walked the whole way in very dark bring flash lights I was surprised we didn't see any animals or critters in there, it was so worth seeing great adventure not a long walk.

Thank twilasweet
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must do! We had two young children and they loved it. Dress warmly. Bring flashlights and extra batteries. Wear good shoes but don’t miss this!

Thank travelchic24
Reviewed December 7, 2017

A rainy nasty day outside can be a cool dark day underground. Bring good shoes, coat and good flashlights.

Thank WATravelgirl1
Reviewed November 8, 2017 via mobile

This is a cool , easy underground walk . There are two separate tunnels . The lower tunnel is an out and back and the upper tunnel is a surface walk back from the end. It’s fun to get out in nature . That being...More

1  Thank mwrenlds
Reviewed November 6, 2017

My friend brought us over to Ape Caves when we came up to Washington for a visit. Really neat experience. About a mile of lava tube caves. If you go in the summer bring a light coat because its cool underground.

Thank NAlmuti
Reviewed November 1, 2017

We didn't have much time at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument before we drove to Packwood, so we decided to walk only through the Ape Cave and the Lava Canyon. The Ape Cave was very exceptional, especially with carrying the old gas lamps you...More

Thank Anja H
Reviewed October 15, 2017 via mobile

We loved the Ape Caves and its super interesting appearance. We walked up to the upper entrance and made our way through the upper cave back down to the main entrance. This way is easier I think. Though you need to climb rocks inside the...More

Thank Maren K
Reviewed September 27, 2017

A few of our group members went to these caves while we were staying in Cougar last week. We did the difficult route and were worn out after our hike. The resort we were staying at helped us prepare for the hike with good lights,...More

Thank yourrvexperienceamb
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Christie M
July 23, 2017|
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Response from tj9597 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure the distance from Kelso Washington. Google Maps should be able to pinpoint you to it. It was very easy to find and a last minute recommendation from a friend who's from that area. I believe the fee was $5. You... More
Jared M
November 14, 2016|
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Response from TrishaTim | Reviewed this property |
We visited in August and stayed at Lone Fir Resort. Very convenient just around the corner from Ape Caves and Lava Canyon. There are RV sites there as well. Great place.
September 21, 2016|
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Response from LuAnn B | Reviewed this property |
Upper cave took a couple of hours. Depends on your physical abilities. Wear good tennis shoes and a light jacket. Take a strong headlamp or flashlight. I'm 59 bu walk about 3 mi a day. There were some young men that helped... More