Ape Cave, Longview
Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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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... read more »
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... read more »
really fun. we had a good time. a lot of people were putting on warm clothes, but we loved being down in the cold in our shorts and sandals on a hot august day!
This is a relatively easy cave for anyone to enjoy. There are two sections of the cave, the upper section (more difficult) and the lower section (very easy). The end of the upper section leads to a trail that heads back to the entrance near the lower section, meaning that visitors can walk the lower section, head back to go through the upper section, and walk back to the parking lot via the trail. The upper section has a few breakdowns of rock, and one section where you need to climb a rope to continue. Rocks can be very slippery at times, but not too bad if you are visiting during the warmer seasons. I would recommend this cave to anyone who has never gone caving before.
Gabino Salgado Jr
This was really a great place to check out! While camping with my family we decided to take our boys to the Ape Cave, and with a 1 and 3 year old it was not as bad as we were expecting. The first time we went it was very quiet and not a lot of people were there which made it VERY enjoyable, the second time there were more people which didn't really have the same excitement as the first time, but it was not bad. We took the easier route both times cause it was easier for our kids to walk, and when I tell you that it is dark down there, hear me when I say IT IS DARK. You will want to take a good flash light or a a few of them. Our first time, we did not have a lot of light, but our second round we were ready. I would also suggest taking a hoodie or jacket cause it can get a little chilly. Overall it was a AWESOME experience to able to walk the cave, and one that I plan on going every year with my family until we can finally try out the harder path.
In the long tube...do not take your small children or there is a high probability of a search and rescue operation. The ceiling has collapsed about 20 piles onto the floor some piles almost to the ceiling and a half a city block long. Half way through i came across a man and his seven year old, wife and mom. He had a fuel lantern only and the women were in tears no choice but to keep going. If you want to terrorize your children and spouse go ahead do the long tube, i moved briskly and still took an hour plus then the trail back 30 min. This is for "able bodies" meaning in shape. The short tube is just as scenic and the floor rough but no rock piles to climb over.
Highly recommend. Very interesting cave experience. We have a misfortune of miss the direction sign when first enter the cave. So we have walked for 20 min as the tube get smaller and smaller and dead ended. We realize that we must have gone a wrong way and turned around. It is a good laugh and extra walking.
I did the easy tail. Pitch black inside. It's cold inside do layer up. At the end of the trail is a dead end. Most people turn back... Don't! If you're facing the end, look to the left. There is a little more to go through. Best part off the hike in my opinion.
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