Ape Caves & Volcano Viewpoint


Day Hike - Ape Caves & Volcano Viewpoint

Ape Caves/Lava Tubes

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 2.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft

11:00 AM at Entrance to Cougar Park Campground, near Cougar, WA

This day hike is part of a two-day car camp at Cougar Campground, where we will stay one night, Saturday June 21.  Three campsites have been reserved and paid for.  Cost will be $10 for solo tenters and $5 for tent sharers.  The campsites are near Cougar Lake where there are opportunities for swimming and lolling by the beach, if the weather permits.  Stores and restaurants are within walking distance in the town of Cougar.

Saturday's short hike is to Ape Caves, where we will explore both caves in a distance of 4.7 miles, with 600 feet elevation gain.  Two important items to bring with you are a strong flashlight and warm clothing.  It will be cool in the caves, regardless of the temperature on the surface.  Lanterns can be rented, but are expensive.  This is a unique and memorable hike.

Sunday we will hike to the Lewis River Falls.  See the separate write-up for that day hike. 



Ape Caves & Volcano Viewpoint

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