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Great trail if you are looking to avoid crowds, see some amazing views, and get a good hike in. We hiked on a sunny and beautiful Saturday at the end of June and only saw one set of bikers riding down our route up from the main visitor center and one more set of hikers and that was it the entire hike. We did not do the Cave Tour this time as we have done it in the past. Some area of the trail were overgrown from infrequent use at the top, otherwise trail was in pretty good shape.

Incredible formations. Great history along the way. Michelle was an amazing guide.

went on a rainy day and had the tour guide to ourselves for the last tour at 6:30. 3/4 mile hike to cave. Nice and big inside the cave

4 months ago

The Classic Tour is the principle guided tour of Lewis and Clark Caverns. Information at the park informs you that this is a strenuous trip, but should be considered easy if you regularly walk/exercise, and my 5 year-old completed this trip without too much trouble. The approach to the cave is where you will gain the majority of the elevation on this hike, but the path is both paved and fairly gradual with benches to stop and rest. There are great views of the valley below. There is little shade on the 3/4 mile approach to the cave or the 1/2 mile return hike. The actual length of the walk is 2 miles, with the remainder of the trip being underground. The guided cavern tour has many stairs and many places where you must duck or stoop, more so than in many show caves, but that is part of what makes L&C Caverns interesting. You will see numerous rooms with beautiful formations. Carlsbad or Blanchard this is not, but it is a beautiful and interesting cave. The cost of the tours are $12 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, children under 6 are free. No strollers or child backpacks.

Hiked and helped clear this trail in April 2019. Snow in some spots, but overall a pretty sweet hike with nice views. Lots of Mountain Bikers. Good day hike.

The walk up to the cave is about 1.5 miles. When you exit the cave you are below the entrance and the remaining walk is extremely easy it is 1.5 miles. so it's roughly 3 miles round trip to the cave and back. The Park guide was very informative and had a vast knowledge of the cave and surrounding area. There where several couples over 60 that were in our group they had no problems.

Amazing childhood experience. My wife and I can't wait to take our daughter.

A fairly nice loop trail. As others have said first mile is the hardest. You can also drive directly to the caves themselves and take the tour( caves being a 2 hour 2 mile hike in themselves) I would say even if you didn't want to do the hike the caves them selves are well worth the trip.

first mile strenuous a man had a heart attack n died right in front of us also went to caverns perfect temp

Great way to get to the caves. Good views and a good climb.

Great for family. Bat country! Even a petrified bat if you have open eyes in the caverns. Well guided and there was enough time to explore without haste.

Awesome! Definitely worth time


Yes, I did the caverns in December - when they are normally not open to the public. Each year in December, for limited dates and times, you can purchase special Candlelight Tours. What an amazing introduction to the Caverns. I've been back in summer months too. There are numerous trails in addition to doing just the cavern tour and I thoroughly enjoyed both.

Very cool place to check out. Definitely want to be in relatively good shape though, as it requires alot of stooping, bending, and climbing that could be rough for someone with knee or back problems. The caverns have a ton of beautiful limestone columns, stalagmites, stalagtites etc. The tour guides have always been friendly and informative, and are great about telling stories and answering any questions. Keep an eye out for the bats that frequent the cave.

Lewis and Clark Caverns is an excellent cave tour. Really cool formations! Quite a few stairs, and lots of bending and stooping to get through the cave

A quiet escape from the crowds from the national parks nearby.

Sat Aug 15 1998

Viewed with family. Kids loved it

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