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Explore Ape Cave Lava Tube

  • Mar 16, 2013 · 7:30 AM
  • Ravenna Park and Ride

Let's explore the Ape Cave Lava Tubes.  Last year I explored Ape Cave Lava Tubes.  And it was so much fun, I would like to do it again.

There are two sections.  The first section is in a large tube and walking in it is comfortable and alluring.

The second section is not for the faint hearted.  The lava tube is full of rocks and often low to the ground.  Not to mention the pitch darkness.  Intrigued???  Dress warm and wear hiking boots.  There will be most likely still snow on the ground. We will be hiking ca 2 miles through the woods to get to furthest entrance points. About a 4 mile round trip hike, not counting the lava tubes.

Bring water, snack and your camera.

This is a 360 mile round, and all day, trip.  Please don't have any evening engagement and pay your driver accordingly.

Return time approximately 7pm or later depending on how the group moves through the tubes and traffic.

Essentials:  LED Head lamp to keep your hands free. Flash light in case your head lamp quits.

To make this trip happen, I need at least 3 people

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/ape-cave?searchterm=ape+cave

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/map/1396

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  • wadood

    You can call[masked] to pay the traffic ticket..

    March 21, 2013

  • Juan V.

    Seriously fun! It was an incredible trip with incredible people. Thanks Gabriele!

    2 · March 17, 2013

  • Ting

    An unforgettable experience! Thanks Gaberiel for organizing! Thanks for ppl for carrying us in the cave! Thanks for everyone's company!

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The lava tubes were a great idea! I know I probably wouldn't have ever gone on my own. Thanks for organizing!

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good, awesome fun, even if I wasn't able to take my camera out of my bag this time. :) Thanks everyone for the great company.

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • wadood

    Got the pics uploaded wish i would have carried my canon rebel, next time.. Anyway cool pics for sure

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Anne-Marie L

    Not for the faint of heart & several different paces. Would have been better to stick together.
    All in all an exciting new adventure.

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Christopher C.

    My bottom is sore from sliding down pointed surfaces. My arms, quads, and gastrocs are tight and happy to have had such a great work out. My mind is overwhelmed by the awe of the complexity of the tall walls carved out by liquid fire and from the interplay of somatic and intellectual conversations finding new friends newly. It was truly awesome time and I highly recommend it to all those who can go.

    Thank you for all the great carpool conversations to and fro and great times shared…….

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • David K.

    Was a great trip with good people, Thanks Gabriele!!

    2 · March 16, 2013

  • Gabriele P

    Thank you all for an incredable experience

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • wadood

    Long and cold but worth a hike... meet lot of interesting people and find a few part time job too .. carrying people around moon walk on snow.. lol.... finally at the p&r helped a getto folks with a jump start.....

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome outting! Pleasure to meet everyone :-)

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Juan V.

    Incredible experience!

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Mo

    Im on my way, be there in about 20 mins.

    March 16, 2013

    • wadood

      Can u call gabriele or if its late move on see u at ap cave [masked]

      March 16, 2013

    • Mo

      Im at the pnr....dont see anybody

      March 16, 2013

  • Juan V.

    The park n pool being so huge, can someone call me in case we can't find each other?[masked]

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Damn! My vehicle is not running properly and tomorrow's the only day I can work on it. It was running fine until late this afternoon, I tried working on it this evening - I'm going to have spend more time on this. Have fun, wish I was still going.

    March 15, 2013

  • Wendy V

    I just read here http://www.mountsthelens.com/ape-caves.html that they dont want us bringing food or beverages in the caves... do we or dont we? its a long day to go without water even. its also a nice site to see a side view map of the cave route with good description of the challenging upper tunnel hike

    March 15, 2013

    • David K.

      Doesn't say anything about "adult" beverages (-;

      March 15, 2013

  • Gabriele P

    Drivers: Myself, Wadood, Mo, David and Wendy. If the number is stays consistend, I would need 1 more drivers please.

    March 13, 2013

    • David K.

      Was a joke (-;
      Have a 4 door grocery getter, I can take 4 plus me.

      1 · March 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can fit 1-2 in my car.

      March 15, 2013

  • Christopher C.

    Don't have a ride, need a ride

    March 15, 2013

  • Gabriele P

    All attendees, please update your RSVP's if necessary.
    See you all Saturday morning at 7:30 am. Leaving at 7:45 am[masked]

    March 15, 2013

  • Josh Y.

    I can't go... I'm sick of being responsible

    March 12, 2013

    • Gabriele P

      we will see you on another trip....keep the faith :-)

      March 13, 2013

  • Gabriele P

    We have 3 drivers, myself, Wadood and David, If the group size stay at that number, I would need 2 more, possibly 3 more drivers.

    March 12, 2013

    • wadood

      Most of the time only 50% of group only show up which will not workout with this plan.. I guess as gabriele mentioned we should keep it simple to handle all circumstances..

      March 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm still on the waiting list, but if I'm allowed to go I will be there!

      March 13, 2013

  • Claudia B.

    Can't make it after all-gotta study for finals!

    March 12, 2013

  • Mo

    I'll be coming from Bellevue and can use a ride. If nothing gives, I'll drive my own car and should be able to accomodate 3 more people in that case. Easgate P&R is close to my place, if you can make it to there. I'll confirm by Thursday if I'll be riding with someone or be bringing my own car :)

    1 · March 12, 2013

  • Josh Y.

    I'm so sad I can't go to this either.

    March 12, 2013

  • wadood

    Gabriele - The meetup starts at 2 pm is this correct?

    March 2, 2013

    • Gabriele P

      We will meet at 730 am at P&R

      March 12, 2013

  • David K.

    Love to go. Can drive others, own a Flashlight!

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    bummer, I have to do something else this Saturday. Have fun! The waiting list is long so i am sure someone will jump at this opening!

    March 10, 2013

  • Casey

    How far is the hike round trip, including the caves?

    March 8, 2013

  • Juan V.

    Wow this looks absolutely incredible.

    March 3, 2013

  • Christopher C.

    can a person just go to the car pool space if they are on the wait list? The many meet-ups I have been to 30 percent of the RSVPs don't show.

    March 3, 2013

  • Christopher C.

    Been there in the summer and it was 20 degrees colder, hiked in 80 degrees only to be frigid and teeth chattering. Good fun, none the less. Let's do it again but in a different season

    March 3, 2013

  • Anil

    :( wish I could make it

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    UGH! I just acquired two kiddos that weekend! My spot is up for grabs - darnit!

    February 22, 2013

  • Jeff H

    Hi there, any idea on what time we would be back in the Seattle area?

    February 19, 2013

    • Gabriele P

      Last time I went to the caves with a bunch of people, we did not make it back till 9pm. But we had dinner on our way back

      February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Don't have a car, definitely looking for a ride

    February 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm at Northgate. I'll meet up at Ravenna

      February 20, 2013

  • Todd R

    Dito, would love to see a wait list here.

    February 20, 2013

  • Anne-Marie L

    I can't see a wait list. Is there one?

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can we get a wait list going? How can I help make that happen?

    February 20, 2013

  • Sandeep K.

    No more spots :( It sounds fun! Can I bribe you guys by offering to drive ;)

    1 · February 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No kidding! This looks so fun! I could also be bribed!

      February 20, 2013

  • Melody

    Anyone want to carpool from Issaquah?

    February 19, 2013

    • Melody

      Car's currently in the shop so looking for a ride myself ;-)

      February 20, 2013

    • Gabriele P

      I can take you from Ravenna

      February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds cool!! I can take 2 in my car. I'll be leaving from Seattle (Madison Park).

    February 19, 2013

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