This was an awesome little hike!
The trail itself was very short (only about half a mile). It began across the street from Cave Campground, and there are two parking areas at the trailhead. The cave itself is accessible year-round although they block off the closer parking area during winter. There is also a bathroom at the trailhead. We went in December and there was no one else there, which made the experience so much better.
The starting direction for the trail is very well marked. It begins by hiking up a little hill then opening and descending stairs into the cave area. The name subway seemed very appropriate because the cave was much larger than I thought it would be. However, anyone above 6 feet tall might want to be careful in some portions of the cave.
Bring a good flashlight! It is pitch black inside and there are many tripping hazards (in fact they named a portion of the cave after that). Be sure to take the time to read the placards as you go thru (lots of interesting info).
On the other side of the cave, you again go up stairs to the remainder of the trail, which is forest, running parallel to the cave.
All in all this cave was short but so unique! Definitely worth a visit (plus it's pretty badass to say you hiked a lava tube)!
The first lake you encounter is Homer Lake. It plays a role in local Maidu mythology, so the Forest Service blocked the access road according to tribal leaders request. From the road end at Homer the trail continues to Hidden and Deerheart Lakes. National Forest land. Open to camping and backpacking.
This is not a trail, it's a gravel road. this might be great for snowmobiling in the winter, but it's a lame hike in the summer. and you can't even access the lake because once you get about 1/4 mile away, the land turns into private property.
don't waste your time on this trail. Drive the extra few miles to one of many great trails in lassen national park.
The road was blocked off so we could not get to the actual starting point of the hike. We ended up walking the 2 miles in to the starting point but the peak was still a long ways off. However, there was a small lake nearby that had a trail leading to it and was a nice spot for lunch.
Bryan M. on Subway Cave Trail
Good for kids, BRING a flashlight! Our 3 year old son loves it. Ground is really bumpy so hold hands, it's a great experience!
Short hike through a naturally formed tunnel created by ancient lava flow. We didn't have time to travel to Lava Beds, so I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this spot just off the main highway between Lassen Volcanic NP and Mount Shasta. Be sure to bring decent walking shoes, flashlight and light jacket. There are no lights inside except for a handful of informational markers throughout the tunnel, which explain where you are and what you are seeing. Depending upon your pace the hike should only take 30 min - 1 hour
My son and some family friends took the trail from Caribou lake to Turnaround lake. For what will become an annual Father's Day trip. It was an amazing hike, quite a few fallen trees to climb over and in some cases under, which added to our time. There is one really good uphill push as well. The weather was perfect the lake was ice cold but was refreshing after the hike in. The highlight of the trip was watching Bald Eagles fish the lake. The one and only major drawback were the MOSQUITOS, they were relentless. They are the only reason for the 4 out of 5 rating. I mean Bald Eagles diving for fish, come on you just don't see that everyday.
actually Kelly, the directions are correct. the dirt road (transfer) takes you down to below the falls about four miles. which in turn makes for in my opinion a moderate hike. you also can pick this trail up down in the ishi wilderness area. the way you must of went in is the short cut. as for the falls? you must of visited before the salmon were running up. which... I'd recommend a return if you truly want to see what its all about. good luck!
This was a fun hike, not to hard but not to easy either. completed with a friend, loved the salmon ladder, water was cold! I think it is a better hike/falls than the credit it's given. be sure to walk out on the big rock above the falls, the view is worth it and hit upper deer creek non the way out. short jaunt from the road and pretty.