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Subway Cave, Lassen National Forest

Lassen National Forest, Old Station, California 96071 USA

“2,000-year-old lava tube!”

Descend into the dark volcanic underworld of the Subway Cave lava tube for a short yet highly memorable hike. Explore the underground world of a lava tube. The self-guided trail is approximately 1/3 mile long and the cave is completely dark, so don't forget to bring a flashlight. he floor is rough and jagged so wear sturdy shoes. A light jacket will ward off the chill as the cave remains a cool 46 degrees F.  Neither hardhats nor crawling is required!  Subway Cave is open through November 15 (weather permitting).  Come and explore the hidden secrets of a lava tube and the world beneath the surface of the earth.

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  • Road Warrior
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August 23, 2014
Rated 5.0

While we were visiting the Lassen Park in August last year we camped for 3 days at Lassen NP. There, people that we met, after some discussions we have about geology and volcanoes, suggested as to visit the Subway Cave which is an easy 15 minutes drive from our campsite.

Since my sons are thrilled with anything that has to do with lava and volcanoes, we decided to give it a go. It was a great surprise to find out that there was no Entry Fee, and the surrounding area was quite well organized.

Picnic tables were there for a quick lunch break and the nature is great. There were stairs towards the cave, and when we get!!!! I could never imagine that Black could be that Black!!!! But we came prepared, since we were on a tour with my boys in the area to discover geological wonder, and we had headlights and we were dressed in an appropriate way for a cave exploration. The temperatures there are kinda chilly and the rock is hard and can be slippery in places, therefore wear some good hiking boots.

The length of the tube is about 5 minutes walking, nothing to see really, but the feeling of walking in a lava tube that about 2,000 years ago was flowing from the depths of the Earth is just very strong!!! It can even give you the creeps!!! Definitely worth the visit !!!

But, in case you go there, make sure you don't litter the place, as i ve seen many people doing!!! Nature deserves our love and respect !!!

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July 15, 2018
Rated 5.0

It has easy access and easy big! Bring flashlights and watch your step.

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Mopar Miles

  • 35 Reviews
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June 19, 2017
Rated 4.0

Worth seeing, a nice easy walk through a neat cave!

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Subway Cave, Lassen National Forest

Lassen National Forest
Old Station, California
96071 USA

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