Ape Caves & Volcano Viewpoint


Day Hike - Ape Caves & Volcano Viewpoint

Encounter the scary "meatball" while exploring spooky Ape Caves, returning home in time to greet trick-or-treaters.

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

Meet at 11 AM at the Lone Fir Cafe in Cougar, a half hour east of I-5 and Woodland on SR 503. 

Explore the most fascinating lava tube cave in Washington.  Some boulder hopping is involved.  There is no lighting inside the cave and lantern rentals will not be operating, so bringing a powerful flashlight is necessary.  It is cold inside the cave, so warm clothing is also needed, including gloves and a stocking hat.  The Northwest Forest Pass, or equivalent (such as the Senior Pass), must be displayed by each car at the trailhead.  We will have an early lunch at the Lone Fir Cafe when we arrive there at 11 AM, so we can be home in time to greet trick or treaters.  After lunch, we will caravan a short distance to the Ape Caves parking lot before starting the hike.  There will be an optional refreshment stop after the hike in either Cougar or Woodland, depending on time availability and group interest.   


Ape Caves & Volcano Viewpoint

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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