Our family of 4 including two children, ages 10 and 8, completed the lava cave hike today and we can't stop talking about it! It was AWESOME and so unique. It was so cool to experience total pitch black darkness and absolute quiet. Going to the end and back took a little under 2 hours. Headlamps (as opposed to flashlights) are a MUST because you'll need your hands to steady yourself for balance and to help you scurry over large boulders. Our kids had little carabiner LED lights clipped to their belt loops and those came in handy, too. Inside the cave, it's cold and drippy in some places (melting ice?), which makes for some veeerrry slippery rocks, so sturdy thick-soled shoes are good to have. You may also want to wear gloves, or bring band-aids -- our son exited the cave with scraped up palms due to catching himself from falling on sharp rocks. Ouch! As for clothing, we were dressed in jeans, short-sleeved tees, and a sweatshirt, which worked out great.
General note: The first 15 minutes down and the last 15 minutes back up are the hardest part of the hike. In between that, it's mostly walking upright on large stones or rough ground, with a few low-ceilinged spots here and there where adults will need to bend down to get through.
The drive in from the main road is on a rocky, unpaved path so it's an extremely bumpy ride for about 20-25 minutes. Your car will get covered in red dust.
I would recommend this adventure for children ages 7 and above, though more adventurous 5 or 6 year olds could probably do it without any assistance. Adults should be in reasonably good shape with all 4 limbs in working order, and the ability to climb boulders and to balance yourself on rocky, loose surfaces.
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