Lava Bed National Monument is one of kind experience. Not many people visit this place as it is in a remote area and not nearby attractions as well, If you are in the Shasta/Klamath area and you have a day to spare, I would highly recommend this place.
We, after much debate decided to visit the place and we are glad we did. We drove from Shasta area and reached Lava Beds around 10:30am. After gathering some information from the visitor center (open year round, I believe), we started our caving adventure at 11am. We spent around 5 hours caving different ones. Golden Dome was one of the best and would recommend it. We did not cave any difficult ones. We only hit the easy and the moderate caves. Some of the caves were closed 'cause bats were hibernation in them.
Except one cave none of he caves are lit. So make sure you take flash lights, and spare batteries in case you run out. The visitor center will rent out flash lights, but the led flash light/bike lights are much brighter than those lights. Take helmets (bike one would work) as well, You would need knee and elbow pads if plan to cave the difficult ones. Wear layers and water proof outerwear.
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