Ape Cave Trail

#1 of 279 trails in Gifford Pinchot National Forest

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Ape Cave Trail is a 2.6 mile out and back trail that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking & walking and is accessible year-round.

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just becauseican (723)

26 Completed20 Reviews

This is certainly an extraordinary 'one of a kind' type of hike! This is an adventurous hike through pitch black tunnels that is totally worth the long trip to get there. Highly advise wearing and carrying a spare headlamp to keep your hands free for climbing over and around the rock piles you will encounter. Also recommend a pair of gloves for the rough rocks moldy walls as well as a good pair of sturdy boots. This is a very popular venue for good reason, however there is absolutely no reason what. so. ever. for the number of empty water bottles and trash I collected and came back out with. Other than that ignorance, be prepared for a totally unique outing. Super fun!

ERIN HENLEY (306)

16 Completed14 Reviews

This was an experience!! We had tons of fun. In the summer it's hot outside and cold inside, bring layers. We did the hole hike through and it was awesome. A bit challenging as we didn't have the best lights with us. Definitely have to be careful as the lava is a bit slick and can be sharp and jagged. Oh, watch your head, the top in spots can be a lot closer than you think while going through.

ERIN HENLEY (306)

16 Completed14 Reviews

This was an experience!! We had tons of fun. In the summer it's hot outside and cold inside, bring layers. We did the hole hike through and it was awesome. A bit challenging as we didn't have the best lights with us. Definitely have to be careful as the lava is a bit slick and can be sharp and jagged. Oh, watch your head, the top in spots can be a lot closer than you think while going through.

Trace B. (1033)

15 Completed15 Reviews

Carl N (241)

7 Completed7 Reviews

Very cool hike. I went alone which was weird at first but quickly got used to it and enjoyed the solitude.. Arrived at 9AM before the crowds and there were 6 other cars in the lot. The upper cave is amazing and worth a visit. Be prepared to climb over big rocks and enjoy these amazing lava tubes!

Michael Miller (86)

2 Completed2 Reviews

was interesting to see the cave. would recommend trying it out.

max nelson (68)

3 Completed3 Reviews

nice little hike and explore! big caves with lots of space, you never really get that claustrophobic feeling like in some caves. pretty mellow, pretty creepy, pretty fun little outing! make sure to bring plenty of lights and/or backup batteries so you can really check things out and hang out for a bit.

Thanh Cramer (528)

24 Completed14 Reviews

Lots of climbing over rock piles in the upper cave, the 8 ft wall they mention takes some maneuvering but nothing too difficult. Headlamp is a must - I had a hand held flashlight as well, Very cool to walk through a lava tube but not the most memorable caving experience but still worth the experience.

Erik Berglund (7180)

57 Completed58 Reviews

It's dark and cool. If it's 60 above ground, it's 40 in the cave. If it's 95 above, it's 40 in the cave. Bottom line? It's 40 in the cave. Bring a headlamp, and take the more difficult route to the north. You'll climb over a boulder or two and then get to emerge and hike back above ground. Do it. Because it's effing cool and you can tell your friends you hiked the longest lava tube in North America, that's why.

Caroll Gage (219)

6 Completed6 Reviews

I didn't realize it is an extinct lava tube, till I got there. That was cool! you can see where the lava ran inside. It's a must do. Just bring warm clothes, gloves, flash light.

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