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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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