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Ape Cave, Longview

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  • 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 underg...  more »
  • Mention I need that my men are broken "Ape Caves" alone in that. When I heard that this cave system is not monitored by the Rangers, is no light in the cave and it is completely up to, I've preferred to wait outside! We were early in the morning (around 9: 00) at the cave system. The vast parking lot was completely empty! My husband and our sons (18 + 22) have been equipped with camera and various lamps in the caves. Because my son has filmed, I could look at after all. The caves are logically very cold the floor uneven and slippery (footwear observe!). There is no lighting in the cave! There are apparently two different directions one can take (upper and lower system??)-so be sure also the return note! Absolutely not suitable for people with claustrophobia! My men were alone down there all the time. My men because the cave at the rear is significantly lower, one would have to crawl through to go further - have not made then yet. However, my husband was so careless and was cut during Setup in the lower areas of the cave a hole in the head! As I said, you can see only the area that it illuminates with his lamp and because the ground is very irregular, to light up there and not upwards. In the cave are still slippery metal ladders. Nevertheless, my men were thrilled by the visit of the caves - my husband had to not be sewn fortunately on the head and I had another car in the parking lot next to me just shortly before my men came out again after an estimated hour. (Here you might should watch with the luggage in the vehicle, if you turn off the car alone). Whether you want to take with smaller children in the cave, you must decide. Also for older people, I think the trip not so suitable.
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  • 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 i...  more »
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  • Lots of fun for just about anyone. The drive from Portland is about 90 minutes, and worth it. Two routes in the cave: one is easy and good for families with small children or folks who aren't very athletic, the other includes scrambles over fallen rock and a climb up a lava fall. It's always cold down there (42 F), and the terrain is rough. Full length pants and hiking boots are a good idea. Use a headlamp if you can, to leave your hands free for climbing, if you take the difficult route. Plenty of parking in the upper and lower lots. Pit toilets but no running water. Battery lanterns are available for rent when the visitor center is open.
  • A perfect stop to enjoy a hike on a hot day. The caves are nice and cool (bring a sweatshirt and a hat). Beautiful lava formations. Bring your own (strong) flashlight or lamp or pick one up at the trailhead.
  • Put this in your bucket list of you are a hiker.😍 Located south to my st Helens, this is a unique hike. Lower caves are very easy, they might seem hard but believe me if you do upper caves then you'll know what i meant . It's better to do the upper caves from the upper caves entry point, than continuing along the lower caves and getting out from the entry point. There is one spot which was very hard for us to move up, but we got help from other amazing hikers that were at the cave. No bats were seen, but it's a amazing experience. Don't forget your hiking partners for this caves. 😇😇
  • You can approach Ape Cane two ways, as someone looking to hike the length or as a casual visitor. I did the latter, not knowing what to expect when I arrived. If you want to hike the length of the cave allow several hours and be certain you are prepared with warm, dry clothing and very sturdy hiking boots. If you only want to peer into the cave and feel the radical change in temperature from outside the cave to inside, feel free to descend the steps and look around, no equipment or boots required.
  • this place is friggin amazing. it's actually a lava tube formed but the eruption from st helen. if you want to get a true "adventure" sense, go later in the day when there are less people. the main entrance to the cave is at the center of the lava tube. the "down" path is actually quite easy for both adults and children. the "up" path is incredibly tiring and difficult, since you're pretty much clambering over many boulder piles. whether you go up or down, be sure to bring: 1. a bright head light. (flash lights would work, but it's better if you have your hands free for climbing) 2. a thicker, waterproof jacket (it's damp and cold in the cave, as most caves are) 3. waterproof shoes (hiking boots are better. the path/ground is pretty wet with many puddles)