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“Hat Creek Subway Cave and Cave Campground”

Hat Creek Subway Cave
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

West of Susanville, just N of the 44/89 junction on Highway 89, across from Cave Campground is the Hat Creek Subway Cave. We stopped here on our trip from Arizona to Washington in the hot July sun. It was the 10th and 11th of July with record heat and we were staying at the Cave Campground in a tent. During the day, it was wonderful to visit this cave. Just sitting on the steps leading in and out of the lava tube was refreshing, so if you aren't an avid spelunker, you can still enjoy the cool outside. It is obvious from looking down on the cave that the entrance was formed by a cave-in of the lava tube as there are lots of big rocks piled around. It is way too dark to attempt exploring the cave without a flashlight. If you don't have a good flashlight, one can be rented from the Old Station store nearby. The floor of the cave is very uneven so be careful. I have included several pictures of the entrance and exit. There is a trail around the cave and signs explaining how the lava tubes were formed, etc. This is a very informative little hike and one the whole family can enjoy. If you plan to stay at the Cave Campground, it is well laid out and has flush toilets. There are three near-by restaurants, but none are open on a reliable basis. The 11th was our anniversary and we ended up eating at a hamburger stand 12 miles from the campground because both of the closer restaurants were closed.

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Reviewed July 20, 2012

We go every year. It's a great cool experience when it is really hot outside.

Thank lisa w
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

This is a short lava tube- if you can't get to Hawaii to see one, this one is right here in California. Great way to get out of the summer heat! Though not a long strenuous hike, the tube is long enough to get pitch dark, and you really do need a decent flashlight.

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Reviewed June 3, 2012

This is a very cool place to bring your kids if they are not affraid of the dark. Makes for a fun way to cool off on a hot summer day, the average temp is 55 degrees inside the cave which is really a lava tube, so tennis shoes or hiking boots will be better than sandals.

Thank walkingnsunshine
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

We went camping at hat creek and our friends said " have you ever been to The Subway Caves ? " , we said " NO".
So, we took a drive. And to our amazement , it was so Awesome !!! You would of never know this place existed , even when you drive up to it and get out of your car. You follow a trail to in and then step down some steps and then you co into the cave. You do this all on your own. There are signs to read all about it too ! And it was co cool inside, but yes, bring a flash-lite, the ground is very uneven and bumpy inside also if you have any elderly people with you , you might want to grab onto their hand . I think this is a real treasure to visit ! And yes it is FREE, not too many sights anymore that are still Free.

Thank teatime1960
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