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Lave tubes and no apes... Great story about why it’s named ape caves. Kinda spooky but way cool... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Summerasalifestyle
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Malibu, California
Lava Tube adventure

We took the short version of the hike thru the lava tube. Nothing really scenic but our first... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wendy W
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Topock, Arizona
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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 3 days ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Wendy W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Sara D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped by Apes Caves on our drive back from Portland to Seattle. From the I5 exit, it's about an additional 1hr to the location. It's a windy path and it's 1 lane each way so be prepared for potential slow drives depending on who/what...More

4  Thank Cherlene M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to the Ape Cave in August of 2018 on a family outing. The bathrooms are just stinky outhouses, and the visitor center has no electricity and sells room temperature water. They also rent propane powered lanterns which was worth the $6 since there...More

Thank CoasterTycoon1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you love geology, this is the place to go. I did not attempt the more difficult upper cave given the degree of difficulty navigating that part of the cave. The lower part, although easier still takes a good amount of precaution. It is, of...More

1  Thank Leah F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went on this venture with my sons and grandson. Be sure to have a bright flashlight a warm jacket and sturdy shoes! Great place to be on those hot summer days. I’m in my 60s with bad knees and I conquered the cave! It’s not...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is awesome! Definitely need sturdy shoes, jacket, flashlight because it’s very cold in the caves. There is a lot of educational spots on the way.

Thank Meems1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Go for the upper cave. I've been in a number of lave tubes, and the upper cave is definitely not the usual tourist fare. Over two miles underground, much of it over meter-sized boulders. In the second mile are two skylights, which are glorious and...More

Thank YazdigerdIV
Reviewed August 5, 2018 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

1  Thank Jay M
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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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