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Ape Cave Lava Tubes

Cougar, WA, United States, Longview, WA
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Bring good shoes and a jacket

There are two lava tunnels when you enter. The downhill tunnel is the easier hike. Wear sturdy... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Vancouver, Washington
Great Spot to Visit

I came here on a whim to see the Ape Caves. Parking is only $5 (bring cash if possible). Parking... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Amber P
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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.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good25%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“upper cave” (40 reviews)
“sturdy shoes” (14 reviews)
“hiking boots” (14 reviews)
Cougar, WA, United States, Longview, WA
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Reviewed 4 days ago

There are two lava tunnels when you enter. The downhill tunnel is the easier hike. Wear sturdy shoes, the walking surface is rough. You could easily twist an ankle. Plan to spend about an hour in a cold, damp and very dark environment. I recommend...More

Thank RodneyR2
Reviewed 6 days ago

I came here on a whim to see the Ape Caves. Parking is only $5 (bring cash if possible). Parking was packed, but still, there is a bunch of it. It is a very short hike up to the caves and it is COLD down...More

Thank Amber P
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an absolute must-do! I encourage you to walk the full length of the upper and lower tubes if you have time. We walked the hiking trail all the way to the entrance of the upper tube and then did the tubes starting at...More

Thank travelchic24
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recently hiked the ape caves with my family, including my kids, age 7 and 9, and my mother, a very active and fit age 68. This is a very interesting hike, but in order to enjoy it, you need to be prepared. You need...More

3  Thank maestralaura
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thanks to TripAdvisor reviews, we were mostly prepared for this unique hike. For first-timers, here's possibly more detailed information: 1. Right after the entering Cougar sign is a small blue Rest Area sign. We stopped here coming and going to use relatively clean, flushing restrooms....More

1  Thank AnnKirby
Reviewed 15 July 2017

Many people visiting Saint Helen do not visit this attraction as they are not aware or due to paucity of time. You have to provide an extra day for exploring this and Lava Canyon. The effort is worth as what you see is amazing and...More

1  Thank KRAMA200
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Awesome place to visit! We did the lower cave. It was fairly easily with kids ages 6-11 and they had a blast!

1  Thank B1540VJdianar
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Ape Cave Lava Tubes are amazing. It's a bit of drive off of I-5 but completely worth it. It doesn't compare to anything else we've seen before. Be sure to plan ahead by bringing flashlights for each individual in your group (ideally something that you...More

6  Thank Melissa A
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

First of all make sure you have head lamps tennis shoes or hiking boots especially if you are doing the upper cave. We had small children with our group we would recommend bringing glow sticks or necklaces with you. It was July and it was...More

2  Thank kmfg
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is definitely an amazing place to go. It's cool and dark, and an excellent place to go in the heat of summer. Lots of shade around the opening where you can have a sandwich picnic and not get sunburned. The lava tube is very...More

1  Thank ernestd101
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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.
22 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