Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Hat Creek with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
21 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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

1 month 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
3 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
6 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
11 months ago

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.

A totally rad place.

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
11 months ago

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

off road driving
Monday, June 23, 2014

This trail is a US Forest Service Road that is in good repair (visited during June). There are several different destinations listed on the first sign when entering from highway 89 - Burney Springs and Burney Mountain Lookout included. Burney Springs is about 11 miles in from the highway sign. There are several turns, and unfortunately, idiots have destroyed most of the Forest Service signs that mark the way. We were able to find pieces of the signs, and determine the direction. If you have a map, follow Forest Service Road 26.

Burney Springs is a little pipe poking out of the ground, supplying a small meadow with moisture for greenery. Nice stop to stretch and have a snack.

You can continue following the dirt roads for quite a while. I believe we tracked over 55 miles on dirt all together. We went as west as we could before we hit pavement close to Whitmore. Most of the roads have been scraped recently for logging, but there are some fun extra curricular spurs for a little 4 wheeling fun. Most of the roads did not require 4WD, high clearance helpful.

hiking
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Just did this hike with my wife last weekend for a quick overnight trip. Nice easy hike. The trails were all clear and in good condition. We came in from the Tamarack trail head.

camping
Friday, July 12, 2013

It was 107 in Redding but a nice high 80s at Lake Eiler. We backpacked in to Lake Eiler took around 3 hours slow and steady climb from trail head to Lake Eiler (only difficult because of altitude adjustment and being out of shape). Nice camp sites around Lake Eiler and we had successful fly fishing many strikes and 6 caught we kept 3 the first night for dinner and caught and released the rest the next afternoon. They liked black flies the best, had to be floating. The trout would strike right up to the edge of the lake so it didn't require record breaking casts to reach them.

We made a base camp at Lake Eiler and did some extended day hikes to Lake Barrett and exploring the other ponds/small lakes. Remote and quiet, over 3 days we saw 4 people and 1 dog. Deer, lots of birds, a few evening bats, and one of the people we met (he was doing the loop as a day hike) had sited a bear after the first mile from the trail head but we didn't see any bears and kept all food in a bear canister just in case. Mosquitoes and flies were heavy at times, 'deep woods off' was our best accessory on the trip.

There are camping sites at Lake Barrett also. The trail around the North side of Lake Eiler was impassable because of rock slides. Trail blazing to Box Lake is possible, there are a lot of downed trees/logs (one fell near our campsite while we were there).

9 mile dirt road may require some shoveling to allow a standard car to pass. We got there in a Mustang wasn't too difficult. The first 1/2 mile off the highway steep climb, if you make that there are a couple of washouts where we had to get out and fill in some ruts that were going to bottom us out but didn't take more than 10 minutes at each washout to make the adjustments. The road to the trail head was well marked including a sign on the highway labelled Tamarack Trail head

hiking
Thursday, June 21, 2012

I went with my husband, we loved it. It was cool inside which was nice, pitch dark without a light!!! I have a bit of claustrophobia and, it was fine :). Super interesting, totally recommend, easy .

scenic driving
Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Forest Service maintained cinder road. Open anytime to any vehicle except by too much snow.

hiking
Thursday, March 15, 2012

Really amazing to stand inside this big lava tube. It is easy to get to and its with the short stop.

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2012

The cave was awesome!

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