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Address: Hwy 89 and Hwy 44, Old Station, CA
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Easy side trip

How cool to stroll through a lava tube! The explanatory panels are well done. The path from the end of the tube back to the parking area is a bit muddled.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 14, 2015
Los Altos, California
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Livermore, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Take a electric (far preferred) camp light ... and travel both directions through the cave. A small flashlight or cellphone light will NOT be enjoyable. Wear sturdy shoes. Tall people should wear a helmet if exploring the edges and cubbyhole area. The Hat Creek campground is literally across the street. If camping there, walk or bicycle to the lava tube.... More 

Thank Harry B
Los Altos, California
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123 reviews
35 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

How cool to stroll through a lava tube! The explanatory panels are well done. The path from the end of the tube back to the parking area is a bit muddled.

Thank EBinLACA
Dublin, California
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263 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

You must bring your own flashlight. This lava tube cave is much easier to walk in than the easiest ones in Lava Beds National Monument. You don't have to duck or bend, but the floor is rough, so it is nice to have strong shoes or hiking boots. It is best if each person has their own flashlight.

Thank EveSp
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed walking through this cave, but be forewarned that the flooring is very rough and this would not be suitable for those with balance problems, people with canes/walkers or wheelchairs. Hiking boots are recommended as the cave floor is bumpy due to the previous lava flow. Bring a flashlight, a jacket, and a friend as it... More 

Thank LorenLaughs
Layton, Utah
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Subway Cave is one of those unheralded gems in Northern California. Located just 1/4 mile off Highway 44 and across from a campground, it is just a 0.1 of a mile hike up some stairs to find the Subway entrance. Then, down stairs and the cave itself is 0.3 of a mile long. All you need are some good flashlights,... More 

Thank Lynn A
Eureka, California
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

It's a very interesting cave and how it was formed. It's very cool and very dark inside. It's an uneven surface but easy to navigate with plenty of light. It's fun and educational. Good for all ages.

Thank Kathleen H
Hartsburg, Missouri
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263 reviews
171 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

As long as you're in the Lassen park area it's worth a stop here. A short walk through a lava tube. You can wear sneakers here but the ground is very uneven so your feet will be much happier in hiking boots.

1 Thank TheLongLongTrailer
Orland, California, United States
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Make sure you bring a flash light and a warm jacket no matter how warm it is outside. It is a great walk I would do it again and again. There is a picnic area you can have a meal at before or after your walk.

1 Thank Ninersalltheway
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This was a fun stop, for sure bring a flashlight. You walk in a big cave and 50ft in or so it gets dark. If you are real tall you might bump your head. It is an old lava tube.

1 Thank Sandman00927
Redding, California
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Had a great day with the family today. The kids got a little scared but we had for flashlights so is OK. Really dark in there. It was hard for us to find it first because the signs were wrapped up apparently it was close to the time we went.

1 Thank dcreller

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