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hiking
1 month ago

Quick little hike into a fantastic lava tube! Plenty of area in the pitch black. I did this alone and was lucky to be the only one in the cave. Super easy to get around (no debris or rocks to hike through or over), but the floor is a bit uneven, so keep some light lowered as you go and dont get too confident in the dark. Make sure you explore all the alcoves and keep heading back to the actual exit. Great fun, free, and so so easy!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike! While not located in the NP, it’s worth the drive to see this unique hike! It’s a lava tube and pitch black dark once you get inside. If you have a head torch you will be fine just watch your steps as the ground is very uneven. Once out the other side you can walk around more trail above ground before going back down and through to the parking area.
Hiked on Thursday 9/6/18.

Great hike

Have always loved this hike. Not as easy as it used to be since the big fire that went through it a few years ago, but it is still a beautiful hike.

hiking
2 months ago

I would love to find those responsible for spray painting the walls. they should serve jail time. the hike is easy and short.

great hike, but hard seeing all the burn areas. rarely used, compared to the past. fish in lakes, mostly smaller with a few surprises. lots of wildlife, and established campsites.

We often bring friends and family, especially kids. At 6'2" I will bump my head on the ceiling in places, and. looking up you'll trip on nobby places on floor. The entire walk is slower than the milage indicates and outside part hot and dry in summer, carry water if you bring kids.

hiking
3 months ago

Interesting cave. Rough ground to walk on. Be sure to have a good light source. We can check it off our bucket list.

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent. Previous reviews say it well. Note: your smart phone flashlight will NOT suffice (unless you like running the risk of stubbing your toes or tripping). Note regarding dogs: a previous reviewer cautioned dog owners regarding tender paws and lava rock. Here's my point of view: if your dog primarily hangs out in the house or on a backyard lawn then you may want to be careful about taking your dog through. The lava rock underfoot is dirt and mud covered, but it does poke out in multiple places and could hurt a tender paw. If your dog regularly walks or hikes with you on varied terrain including cement, gravel, rocks, etc. and you take reasonable precautions about which path your furry friend takes in the cave, you should be fine. My husky walks and hikes frequently; his paw pads had no problem with the cave floor.

walking
3 months ago

What an awesome experience. Bring your flashlights or you won’t make it through!! A short walk up well established steps leads you right to the opening of the cave. Within minutes you are inside the lava tubes. We went early in the morning after a rainstorm and could see water crystals on the roof of the lava tubes. Easy enough for kids but hold their hands because of the rough rocky ground. Definitely a must stop if in the area

4 months ago

slight up hill. fishing is good. disappointed to see it's mostly burnt.

Short trail very dark inside bring flashlight and good shoes i would not bring a dog sharp lava beds on floor in many aread2

hiking
6 months ago

The children and I love this dark hike through the lava tube! Everyone did well with their own headlamps, as the floor is quite uneven.

hiking
8 months ago

Very easy hike. Amazing how dark it is inside. I love introducing people to the cave.

started at the Tamarack trailhead and was a nice easy trail, even in snow.

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fun short hike through a dark cave. VERY IMPORTANT: BRING A FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP WITH BATTERIES FULLY CHARGED. It is completely dark in the the cave. There are markers and plaques with info through out the cave. The temperature can be 15F to 20F lower than the outside temperature in the parking lot so you might want a jacket. Highly recommend this hike if your interested in volcanic geology or caves. We loved it.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

A totally rad place.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Bring a flashlight! Its pitch black and completely fascinating. The ground is pretty uneven, but its spacious enough for a claustrophobic. I didn't even have to duck my head. Worth the stop!

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

Worth stopping to do when you are here! Doesn't take long and where else can you walk thru lava tubes!?!

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Very short hike takes you through fairly large lava tubes - only took us 10-20 minutes but very cool experience!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Nice short stop to cool off and stretch your legs.

hiking
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Bring a good light! An awesome trail with some rough footing. Amazing lava cave. Everyone should go to experience this geologic trip.

Monday, May 29, 2017

bring my lights!!!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Fun and informative. Could use a sign or two on the trail back to the parking lot.

walking
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Fun spot be sure to bring a flashlight during winter you can see large icicles in the caves but it can be slick. Great place for kids.

Friday, December 23, 2016

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)!

hiking
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Easy hike with a lot of well maintained graphic information along the way. Bring flashlights and warm clothes! Kids loved it.

Monday, February 08, 2016

GPS was off a little. Keep your eye out for cave campground its directly across. Don't forget your flashlight! We went in Feb was amazing to see all the ice and snow:)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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!

hiking
Sunday, October 11, 2015

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

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