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Ape Cave

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Length


2.5 Miles 4.1 Kilometers


369' 112 m

Ascent

-377' -115 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

2,458' 749 m

High

2,081' 634 m

Low

Shared By Ben Wagner

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Underground tunnel through old lava tubes.

Ben Wagner

Dogs Unknown

Features Cave

Overview

Looking for a different type of journey? This trail that includes navigating an underground tunnel through old lava tubes is sure to please! Just make sure to bring the headlamp!

Need to Know

You'll NEED a strong flashlight, headlamp, or lantern. The ranger station at the trailhead will rent a lantern for a nominal fee. You'll also need warm layers. The tunnel stays 42 degrees year round as it is insulated from the weather outside.

Description

A short distance from the parking lot brings you to the entrance to the tunnel. The tunnel itself is straight-forward, and there is no way to get lost, although there are two sections. The lower tunnel is fairly easy, with no obstacles. It is very good for children.

The upper tunnel requires some light scrambling: As you navigate the upper tunnel, expect to climb over rocks that have fallen into the pathway. Once you reach the end of the upper tunnel, you'll see a ladder leading back to the surface.

Following the path will take you back to the parking lot through a forested trail. The darkness of the cave, in contrast to the vitality of the forest excites the senses, and will make any visitor appreciate the various flora and fauna along the path.

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Jul 10, 2018
Eugene K
2.8mi
May 15, 2018
Rich Mirabella
Apr 22, 2018
Austin Holbert
It was badass! Felt like you were getting rained on the whole time but it was a blast!
Nov 15, 2017
Linda Kim
Oct 2, 2017
Ricardo Aguayo
4mi — 2h 00m
Aug 19, 2017
Nathan Cherzan
Jul 18, 2017
Julie Irwin
Jun 17, 2017
Mike Vincent
My family (kids ages 10 & 9) hiked the lower tube. It was an easy hike with lots of uneven surfaces. Most young children should be able to hike here. — 2h 00m

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  4.4 from 15 votes

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Emily Roeben
Tacoma, WA
Emily Roeben   Tacoma, WA
Be sure to check the road conditions the Ape Caves site. 2/23/2017: 2-3 feet of snow. Forest Road 8303 to the cave is gated for the winter just past Trail of Two Forests parking lot. Visitor will need to walk 1 mile through snow to the cave. Forest Road 83 has been plowed, but remains snow and ice covered, with new snow expected. fs.usda.gov/recarea/gifford… Feb 24, 2017

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