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Adventure is out there

I have been to the Ape Caves 3 times now. Once down the lower side and twice up the longer way. I... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
Longview, Washington
Great hike through an underground lava tube

Must bring strong headlamp (or flashlight) and proper tennis shoes or hiking boots. It's an... read more

Reviewed November 17, 2018
Los Angeles, California
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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.
Cougar, WA, United States, Longview, WA
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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
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
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
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
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
Reviewed October 4, 2018

I won't beat you over the head with what a geological, scientific wonder this truly is. The experience of being underground in the dark, echoing, massive, mile plus underground cave system, will speak for itself. The stalactites and walls drip. A rain jacket is a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Reviewed September 30, 2018

Simple park ‘cave’ . Short one is fairly flat with uneven surface and a bit of an eneimic water trickle down through part of the floor. About ¾ mile in and then have to walk back. Longer more rugged version heads in opposite direction. $5...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed September 22, 2018

Lave tubes and no apes... Great story about why it’s named ape caves. Kinda spooky but way cool. Two lava tubes 3/4mile and 1.5miles. Still and quiet. Damp, moist but not clammy. Cool that you get to walk through them on your own without guides...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed September 10, 2018

We took the short version of the hike thru the lava tube. Nothing really scenic but our first experience in a lave tube so it was somewhat interesting. You do need to make sure you have two really good flashlights/headlamps. And warm clothes. Gloves would...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed September 2, 2018

This was amazing. We completed the longer, more challenging portion of the tubes and we are thrilled that we did! We would have been in rough shape without our supportive shoes, headlamps, and gloves. Gloves aren't just necessary for warmth. You'll use your hands for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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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.
June 10, 2018
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Response from Paulsue222 | Reviewed this property
No charge at all!