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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Michael M (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Gloria Damoiseaux (87)

1 Completed2 Reviews

great hike! took five kids and did the lower easy trail and they all loved it.

James Harms (774)

5 Completed2 Reviews

Took the family here for the day. Not to far from Mt. St. Helen's. There is an upper and lower trail. We went on the upper trail. make sure you bring back up lighting, a good camera and night vision video camera. I brought a IR camera, helped a lot when the lights are out. 5 kids and a pregnant wife. was a few spots we had to climb but was not to bad. I don't think you could get lost there is only 2 ways to go. Up or Down. LoL
Bring lunch and a good boots or shoes.

Alex Aguilar (230)

8 Completed8 Reviews

Awesome adventure!

just becauseican (745)

28 Completed22 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 (317)

17 Completed15 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 (317)

17 Completed15 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. (1034)

15 Completed15 Reviews

Carl N (379)

13 Completed11 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.

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