Lava Tube Trail

EASY 29 reviews
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Lava Tube Trail is a 0.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rainbow Wells, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
72 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

walking

cave

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

hiking
14 days ago

*very short hike
*hiked in .3 miles and out .3 miles
*rocky and sandy hike (basalt rocks everywhere)
*climbed up & down the tunnel
*saw the scenic cinder cones

2 months ago

Really amazing. But the road to get there was rough and there are no signs to help find it or cell phone service, so no gps.

hiking
5 months ago

When we went we had it to ourselves. We walked passed the trail the first time. When you get to the end of the road, you're going to go left. Follow the volcanic rocks on the ground. Then to your right you will see a trail up a slight incline. Pass the first hole to reach the staircase. I would recommend bringing a flashlight as our phones weren't strong enough for the darkness. Also watch the ceiling! I scraped my back pretty hard down there.

5 months ago

Worth the effort. From the paved road go past the dirt road shown to the next bigger dirt road wider and better condition

5 months ago

Worth the off road trek

walking
8 months ago

Much cooler than I thought it would be! I really enjoyed exploring this place.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Super cool

Sunday, May 21, 2017

This is hard to get to, since you have to drive down a 4.5-mile unmarked dirt road to get there. It's not really a trail. You only have to walk a few hundred yards to get to the lava tube. But it is so worth it. The lava tube chamber is just amazing. You have to see it to appreciate it.

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

Mojave lava tube is well worth the trip

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Very short trail but you can branch off to other trails as well. Cool lava tube!!

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

High clearance vehicle recommended for reaching trailhead on Aiken Mine Rd.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Small, but interesting.
Most folks think of Hawaii when you mention lava tubes, but there are a few here and there around California, due to the tectonic forces that shaped the state. This one is small, dusty, and has a low ceiling in places. Certainly worth exploring if you're in the area, but I wouldn't consider this a destination hike. Better as a side trip after exploring the nearby Kelso Dunes, or when driving the Mojave Road.

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6 months ago

recorded tubes

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