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Ape Cave Lava Tubes

Cougar, WA, United States, Longview, WA
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A cold but unique day-trip for a rainy day

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
Longview, Washington
Ape Capes

This is a cool , easy underground walk . There are two separate tunnels . The lower tunnel is an... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2017
Otis, Oregon
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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)
“warm clothes” (9 reviews)
Cougar, WA, United States, Longview, WA

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank WATravelgirl1
Reviewed 8 November 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

Thank mwrenlds
Reviewed 6 November 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 1 November 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 15 October 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 27 September 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
Reviewed 26 September 2017

We've seen lava tubes before - and this one is the best, with awesome rock formations. But the ground is VERY uneven and a tad slippery, even need to navigate over some rocks. There are 2 paths, and we took the shorter one which is...More

Thank Gitta B
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

We wanted to do the upper cave, got to the great room and went left should have stayed right. Completed the lower the hiked to the opening of the upper. Hiked it part way and turned around. We needed more info before we just went...More

Thank flyre
Reviewed 13 September 2017

We went early and were the only ones in the cave around 9am on a weekday, but imagine it could get crowded on weekends. Much larger inside than we expected. Bring really bright flashlights (cell phone lights may not be bright enough to see a...More

2  Thank Scott B
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Took about 2,5 hours for me and my wife to complete the upper cave. Was abit harder then i thought after i read the reviews from the site. Alot of "climbing" on top of big boulders up and down, which took some effort. Some agility...More

1  Thank remoza1981
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Christie M
23 July 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
15 November 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.
21 September 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