Lava River Cave

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Lava River Cave es un sendero de ida y vuelta de 0.3 millas con tráfico pesado localizado cerca de Flagstaff, Arizona. Tiene una cueva y es calificado como moderado. El sendero se usa principalmente para hacer senderismo y acampada y es accesible todo el año. Los perros también pueden usar este sendero, pero deben estar atados con correa.

Distancia: 0.3 miles Desnivel: 0 feet Tipo de ruta: Ida y vuelta

perros con correa

apto para niños

acampada

senderismo

cueva

bosque

rocoso

scramble

nieve

Note: The Lava River Cave is open year-round. However, Forest Roads 245 and/or 171 may be closed during the winter months. For more information, please see https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coconino/recarea/?recid=55122&actid=102 The Lava River Cave is a natural formation remaining from a lava tube. The entrance to the cave is a rapid rock covered decent that "levels off". The cave floor is the cooled waves of lava that once flowed; it's very hard and uneven. There are some tight spots when crouching is required; large backpacks should be left at the surface. At the end of the main cave is a small cave just big enough to sit in; not for big guys or the claustrophobic. You definitely need a flashlight or a headlamp. The Lava River Cave is a unique trail that ties in excellently with the remains of volcanic activity elsewhere in the region. From SP Crater and Sunset Crater to the vast caldera of the San Francisco Peaks, you can see volcanos and cinder cones all over the Flagstaff area. This lava tube gives you another perspective and cool geologic insight into nearby eruptions from thousands of years ago. The scrambling at the entrance was a little frustrating because it presents an obstacle to getting down to the good stuff, and the rugged rocks continued throughout the cave—and appeared to be portions of the ceiling that had broken off and fallen to the floor. At one point, the trail splits in half. Take the trail to the left for an easier experience, or, go to the right if you want to crouch down and squeeze underneath a 3-foot clearance opening. There are one or two more parts where you have to do a little duck walk beneath low ceilings, so if this will be challenging for you, be advised.

senderismo
2 months ago

This was awesome! We went not knowing what to expect and it ended up being a really unique experience. We hiked just using the flashlight on our phones and it was fine but the cold temperatures drained battery quickly and I did drop my phone a few times so if you're clumsy like me I would recommend bringing a flashlight.

senderismo
2 months ago

Really cool spot. tucked away.

senderismo
2 months ago

Bring a light source (flashlight, headlamp, etc) and sturdy shoes! Dark, cold, and wet. No bats.

senderismo
2 months ago

So cool! If you are in the area then this is a must. If you are into geology even a little bit then this is a must as well. Wear sturdy shoes, bring a head lamp or at least a flash light. You can feel the cold coming out of the cave when you are at surface, however once you start moving around you'll even get kind of hot, so I suggest just a light long sleeve perhaps. I was slightly intimidated by the drive in, but only because I have a tiny kinda crappy Hyundai Elantra, nonetheless it was an easy drive. If you have an SUV then you are ahead of the curve. No bats :( was hoping I'd see some. If you are not in the best shape I'd consider this challenging but doable, don't rush, just take your time, just when you start to get over it, it levels off. Loose rocks everywhere so take caution when walking around in there. Overall 5 stars for uniqueness, accessibility and level of work out. Don't trash the place please, pack it in, pack it out!!!!!!!! Happy trails

senderismo
rocoso
2 months ago

this was my first lava tube. very cool. very dark. turn the lights off often. and like someone else mentioned, go early to be one of the first.

senderismo
rocoso
3 months ago

We loved this. Going on was creepy at first because you’re going into a hole in the ground but this was one of the most amazing trails ever. It’s rocky for sure, and it gets cold! Please wear gloves.

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senderismo
rocoso
trepar
3 months ago

senderismo
3 months ago

Super cool. Wear good shoes! Rocky, uneven, low ceiling

senderismo
rocoso
trepar
3 months ago

Very easy walk to the entrance of the cave. Inside was very rocky initially, and then uneven throughout the rest of the cave. We didn't see very many people inside until we reached the end and started heading back. Go early to avoid the crowd.

senderismo
rocoso
3 months ago

Wow, just completed yesterday with a group of 11 scouts & had a blast! It was perfect temp & great adventure. It's a little rockie but manageable. Bring flashlights and have fun!

senderismo
rocoso
trepar
3 months ago

Being a sweatshirt. High clearance vehicles recommended. Awesome experience.

senderismo
3 months ago

5 stars only if you go into the cave, obviously.

acampada
4 months ago

Fun hike. Bring cold weather clothes. It’s between 32 and 40 degrees in the cave

senderismo
4 months ago

The dirt road to the trail is closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (9/6 to 9/8)....don’t drive all the way there to find that out like I did.

senderismo
4 months ago

A little steep and slippery at first but the rest wasn’t bad. I loved that it was nice and cool inside!! Fun and not too long of a hike.

senderismo
trepar
4 months ago

senderismo
rocoso
5 months ago

Lots of fun! My kids and I loved it!

senderismo
5 months ago

This was a super fun hike! The opening to the cave is a bit steep and there were parts of the trip where the rocks were lose or slick but I wouldn’t say it was difficult. It was interesting to see the different ways the lava formed throughout the cave. Their are places where the clearance is low but very passable. It’s also a really nice drive in. You definitely need a flashlight or a headlamp, it’s is pitch black just a little ways into the cave. Anything that allows you to be hands free would be preferable. It was cool but not cold, I was fine with yoga pants and a t-shirt. I think I would have been uncomfortable in anything heavier.

senderismo
6 months ago

Pretty sweet. The 0.4 miles is from the parking lot to the cave entrance and back. GPS is lost once inside the cave. It's actually 0.75 mile deep, 1.5 mile round trip. It's chilly in there compared to the outside (30-40°), but I didn't think a shirt was necessary. We warmed up after some rock hopping and exploring. A lot of loose rocks in there initially, many with wet surfaces, so be careful. A couple areas where the roof is really low and it's necessary to crouch down or crawl. In other areas the roof is 10 feet or higher. A flashlight or headlamp is essential. Some trash lying around in there. Don't be an a-hole; pick up and bring your trash out.

ha registrado Lava River Cave

senderismo
rocoso
trepar
6 months ago

senderismo
6 months ago

This was so fun! The beginning is rocky and pretty wet but once you’re past that it’s easy enough walking. The only bummer was that on our way back a man had lit up a cigarette inside the cave and it reeked of smoke for a long while. Really, who does that?!

senderismo
6 months ago

There is about a 7 mile dirt and bumpy road to get to the cave. Plenty of parking available. A little rough going in and out but once you’re in it is smooth with high ceilings. Don’t bring your dog, this is not a good hike for them.

senderismo
6 months ago

The Lava River Cave is a unique trail that ties in excellently with the remains of volcanic activity elsewhere in the region. From SP Crater and Sunset Crater to the vast caldera of the San Francisco Peaks, you can see volcanos and cinder cones all over the Flagstaff area. This lava tube gives you another perspective and cool geologic insight into nearby eruptions from thousands of years ago. The scrambling at the entrance was a little frustrating because it presents an obstacle to getting down to the good stuff, and the rugged rocks continued throughout the cave—and appeared to be portions of the ceiling that had broken off and fallen to the floor. Lava tubes like this one are interesting because they feel (and smell!) like a cave but have no stalagmites or stalactites to speak of—just long, smooth walls of hardened lava. Further back in the cave, the ground really looks as if it were just lava that had frozen in an instant—really eerie feeling. At one point, the trail splits in half. Take the trail to the left for an easier experience, or, go to the right if you want to crouch down and squeeze underneath a 3-foot clearance opening. There are one or two more parts where you have to do a little duck walk beneath low ceilings, so if this will be challenging for you, be advised. I recommend wearing *sturdy* close-toed shoes as the hardened lava and boulders that have fallen from the ceiling are rocky…plus, you never know when you're going to stub your toe in the dark. Wear long pants/jeans and bring a light jacket. It was cold, but I ended up working up a sweat and took my jacket off partway through the hike. I've knocked off one star due to stupid hikers. When I visited during July 4th weekend, there were many people with lower fitness levels who had no business being down in that cave as well as parents with toddlers trying to climb down the entrance. I also saw people lighting up cigarettes (yes, inside a closed space with nowhere for smoke to go) and leaving butts on the cave floor and another person carrying a Coleman propane/gas lantern. Just use common sense, folks. Note: the trail entry here on AllTrails is for the hike from the parking lot; the cave is approximately 1 mile one way to the end.

senderismo
rocoso
trepar
6 months ago

I would not do this again for the sole reason that the footing is terrible. I think it is quite challenging for the average person, but I have some inner ear/balance issues which made the hike exhausting to complete. The rocks are jagged and moist from the natural condensation in the cave and thus very slippery. I wish I could give it a higher ranking because from a natural point of view, it is pretty fascinating with the rock colors on the wall and the patterns made from the lava flows. I would be very hesitant to recommend this to anyone who has balance issues. Head lamp and flashlights are a must. I would also caution against bringing very small children whose balance skills are still developing (maybe 1st grade and under?).

senderismo
rocoso
6 months ago

Awesome. A rocky climb down in the beginning and it’s a bit slippy too. Once you reach the bottom you are greeted with the actual lava tube. It is hard to comprehend what is in front of you. Most of the time you can stand normally, only a few spots to duck, I am 6’3 and had no issues. Just watch your step as the surface of the floor changes throughout the tunnel. It is chilly inside but I wasn’t overwhelmed. I wore long sleeves and shorts and was comfortable. You definitely need multiple sources of light. I used a headlamp and handheld flashlight. Definitely a must see.

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