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Hat Creek Subway Cave

Address: Hwy 89 and Hwy 44, Old Station, CA
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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Palo Alto, California
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188 reviews 188 reviews
71 attraction reviews
518 helpful votes 518 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Subway cave is a lava tube that is pretty close to the NW entrance of Lassen National Park although it is actually in the Lassen National Forest area rather than the National Park itself. There is no fee for this feature. It is located right off CA-89 just north of where CA-44 splits off toward the east at Old Station.... More 

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Pleasanton, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is a fun thing to do with your family. Take flashlights and enjoy walking through an authentic lava tube. Not a very long walk but it is VERY dark and the ground is uneven in spots, so wearing sturdy shoes and bringing flashlights is a must. Important tip--if you are there on a hot day, it is wise to... More 

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Mendocino CA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Subway Cave is a large lava tube that you can enter. Bring a flashlight as it's very dark inside, and the floor of the lava tube is bumpy from protruding pumice rock. You enter from a staircase on one side of the tube and exit through another. It's across from Hat Creek, near a campground along that creek, and has... More 

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Tracy, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

It's cool to able to say you walked through a lava tube. That said, it is a very short walk, and not a lot going on geologically speaking. You aren't going to see 'tites or 'mites, but again, kinda cool if you are in the area. Unfortunately, draws a different crowd than Lassen. A lot of sitting around the campground... More 

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Susanville, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Kids really enjoy this. No matter how hot it is outside, it is COOL in the cave, and you may need a light jacket. A flashlight is a necessity, as without it you cannot see your hand in front of your face. Wear sturdy shoes too, as the ground is quite uneven. There are some stairs. No elevator.

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Martinez, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I found this tour spot by accident on the web. THANK GOODNESS! What an awesome, natural place to visit, learn, and have some fun with the kiddies. Totally hidden but worth a visit! All signs point to "Yes" on this one!

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Israel, Jerusalem
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218 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

that's definitely the hidden gem outside lassen on your way north. we didn't even know that this place exists and just saw the sign on the road and decided to come in... of course without flash lights. it's a 5 minutes walk inside the darkest cave i've ever been to, but then again we were using our cell phone light.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

great family experiance lots of educational areas make sure you take a light jacket the caves are very cool a flashlight is needed as well

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Weed, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed going through this cave, there are stairs at either end for easy access into and out of the cave. The floor is rough in many spots so wear sturdy shoes, I have had knee problems in the past but I got through the cave fine. Make sure you take bright flashlights as it is very... More 

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San Mateo, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Its all about nature. We went the Subway Cave in Old Station at 1st week of August, 2013. It is a great place to show and tell my kids about signs of volcanic activities and lava power. We went camping at Lassen NP. This Subway Cave is 15 minutes easy drive from Lassen NP. No entrance fee. Bring flashlights/headlamps. Total... More 

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