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Ape Cave Lava Tubes

Cougar, WA, United States, Longview, WA
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A must see

A few of our group members went to these caves while we were staying in Cougar last week. We did... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Vancouver, Washington
Come with hiking boots and a good, bright flash light!

We've seen lava tubes before - and this one is the best, with awesome rock formations. But the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Gitta B
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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.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good26%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Cougar, WA, United States, Longview, WA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

It's fun and exciting. The kids were excited to explored the cave. We all brought flashlights and it's a good thing because you can not see 2 feet in front of you. The easier trail goes about 3/4 miles. There is no opening, so you...More

Thank Chanthon K
Reviewed 5 September 2017

We came totally unprepared for the Ape Caves and we still had a great time! Our clan of kids included three 7 year old and a 5 year old and despite the fact that none of us had warm gear and only 1 flashlight and...More

Thank mbungay
Reviewed 4 September 2017

We only live an hour away from here and finally made it recently this summer, but the crowds were too much. There was so many people inside the lava tube, you could barely move, it was loud and definitely not a great experience as it...More

Thank Jade M
Reviewed 2 September 2017

This is a pretty unique trip. The ride up is beautiful. The cave themselves is super cool and fun. dress warm and bring head flash lights.

Thank Seattlebirk
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Beautiful Natural wonder. Strenuous exercise but worth the effort. Remember good lighting, footwear and clothing. Was soaking wet by the time I exited. If raining watch the creeks.

Thank Clayton M
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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