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Ape Cave Lava Tubes

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Address: Longview, WA
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Formed about 2,000 years ago from a volcanic eruption, this is one of the...

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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So interesting how this was formed!

There are 2 sections - an easy one and a difficult one. We arrogantly started on the difficult one which turned out to be a lot of rock scrambling. Turned back after a short while... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 December 2016
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Edison, New Jersey
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Edison, New Jersey
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

There are 2 sections - an easy one and a difficult one. We arrogantly started on the difficult one which turned out to be a lot of rock scrambling. Turned back after a short while because we figured if we slipped and hurt ourselves it might be a while before anyone came by. The easy section was certainly easy. A... More 

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Thank Mootle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

We took the lower tube and anyone that is able bodied can walk through it. Make sure to bring some light source not you cell phone. The upper various requires actual work and I would not recommend tennis shoes. Bring gloves and a head lamps.

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2 Thank Suki D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Amazing way to spend a day playing in a cave. Can get cold. Has some tight spots. I have done this hike with my 1 year old on my back. We had to pass him threw some spots. But it was enjoyable. Ton of places to explore in the tunnel.

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Mountain View, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The caves are easily navigable for anyone who is not claustrophobic. Some go with a guide but one can do them on his/her own. Total time commitment is about 3 hours.

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Dillingham, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

It was our first time in tunnels like this!! We hiked to the top of the upper cave and hiked down. It's 1 1/2 miles down to the lower exit. It was a great way to do the hike. We highly recommend bright headlamps and extra batteries!!! It would be difficult without the headlamp. It was an amazing new experience!!!... More 

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Steilacoom, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Great hikes and a very well done park with signage and information. Well marked, interesting and fun for all ages. Bring at least one light. Preferably two. A lantern is recommended. It was cloudy and I could not see Mt Saint Helens, but it was well worth the trip. Best to get gas and snacks before leaving the I5 area.... More 

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Federal Way, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Walking through the lava tubes is a a great way to spend a day, but plan carefully. Once you get past the town of Cougar, there are no concessions in the area, so fill up on gas, and take lunch and drinks along with you. Enjoy the drive through the forest - plenty of places to stop and take pictures... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I have been through the Ape Caves seven times and that was just lately. It is a lot of fun to take first timers so anytime I find someone who hasn't gone and is interested we go. This is a fun outing any time of year. Although, in the winter the lower gate is closed so you have to walk... More 

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This was an awesome day trip. It's a bit far from Seattle, but well worth it. Do yourself a favor and make sure you have a headlamp. This will free up your hands when you are trying to maneuver around the rocks and boulders. Wear think pants and hiking boots for ankle and toe support. Those rocks are sharp. Bring... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Just the thought of how this was formed amazed me! We collected our gas lanterns to help with the trip down. We took the lower tube which is pretty easy going & my children loved the experience. Would not have like to be down here without a light though!

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