Caving at Pluto’s Cave Near Mt Shasta

The Shasta region of California has no shortage of great lava tubes to explore. My favorite is probably the Subway Tube in Lassen National Park, but Pluto’s Cave is a fantastic cave that I stumbled on. A short walk is all that is needed to access the massive cave, and it is a great spot […]

Shasta Caverns: Exploring Shasta Lake’s Show Cave

The idea of exploring caves is something that has always interested me as I have toured around California. Be it the show caves of Northern California or just exploring a large hole in a rock like Cave of the Munits; this lead me to Shasta Caverns on Shasta Lake during my recent trip to Northern […]

Eagle Mine & High Point Gold Mine Tour in Julian

The town of Julian is a fun little hideaway that is visited often by people from San Diego and Temecula for the excellent pie. I have driven there on a few occasions just to get pie as well; it is that good. That being said, the town of Julian has a lot more to offer, […]

Bear Gultch Cave & Reservoir in Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park is home to not one, but two unique caves; both of which are made by cave-ins and not by lava flow like most of the California caves are made by. I got a chance to explore Balconies Cave a couple of years ago but finally got to check off Bear Gulch Cave […]

Lava Beds National Monument Guide: Caves, Buttes & Lava Fields

Lava Beds National Monument is the best park you have never been to. It is so far up in the Northeast part of California that it took me five years to finally make it, but I am glad I did. The monument itself has over 46,000 acres and on that property, it features more than […]

Sentinel Cave: The Longest Easy Cave in Lava Beds National Monument

As the longest of the nonextreme caves in Lava Beds National Monument, Sentinel Cave is an amazing experience for anyone who isn’t afraid of a little darkness. This cave has you hiking in the dark for about 15-20 minutes and over 3,280 feet. It’s pretty surreal when you do it and make sure to bring […]

Sunshine Cave in Lava Beds National Monument

Sunshine Cave is unique in Lava Beds National Monument as it is one of the few caves that has cave-ins that let in the light. There are a couple of others in the park that have this but what sets Sunshine Cave apart is how big the cave in is and that the light coming through […]

Golden Dome Cave in Lava Beds National Monument

Golden Dome Cave is a great lava tube in Lava Beds National Monument if you are feeling adventurous and want to do some more legit caving. This cave has a less defined trail and some areas which require you to bend over to get through, so it feels more intense than many of the other […]

Mushpot Cave: Lava Beds National Monument Beginner Cave

Mushpot Cave is the perfect place to start in Lava Beds National Monument. It is an introductory cave which has interpretive signs and is lit, so you don’t need a flashlight. While it’s not as impressive as the others, it is a good way to get excited about the area. Details 770 feet Paved path […]

Schonchin Butte Fire Lookout in Lava Beds National Monument

Schonchin Butte is one of the best ways to get a birds eye view of Lava Beds National Monument. While most trails go underground in the park, this trail goes straight up to the top of Schonchin Butte and to the fire lookout that sits on the lava rock at the top. Here is all […]