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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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This place is a blast. It gets freezing in the caves so no matter what the weather is, bring a sweater/jacket. I have been here so many times and I love it. We always walk the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a blast. It gets freezing in the caves so no matter what the weather is, bring a sweater/jacket. I have been here so many times and I love it. We always walk the mile+ to the top cave and travel the cave back to the lower cave. I'm short and there is a wall I cannot climb... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me (65)my daughter(39) and 3 adventurous kids 8,9,11 took the 2 1/2 mile hike underground at The Ape Caves. This is not a hike. This is a workout. We climbed over 20+ piles of boulders. Climbed a few 12-20ft rock faces. Don't attempt this is you are not in good shape, claustrophobic, Or have weak ankles. It's 42 degrees year... More 

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Lacey, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Remember to bring warm clothes even if it's 90 outside it's cold down there. One direction is shorter and more appropriate for older folks and young kids the upper end is a bit of work and your underground for awhile. Has a lot of climbing on the upper end including a lava fall that you have to get over. Head... More 

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Edison, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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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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 16 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 7 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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