Caves Trail in Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho, A hike above and below the surface of a lava flow exploring Indian Tunnel, Dewdrop Cave, Boy Scout Cave, and Beauty Cave - lava tube, lava cave, lava tunnel hiking
One of the coolest things to do anywhere there are lava flows is hike through lava tubes. This makes Caves Trail the most exciting hike in Craters of the Moon National Monument. The 1.6-mile hike visits four lava tubes, that each provide a unique experience. A sign at the trailhead explains: The Craters of the Moon landscape is more than just surface volcanic features.... Read more.
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Distance: 1.6 miles – Elevation change: 75 feet
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Ape Caves Trail Washington hike Mount Saint Helens National Monument Gifford Pinchot National Forest Ape Tube
Ape Cave is one of the longest lava tubes in the world, measuring approximately 2.5 miles in length. Hikers may travel unguided through the lava tube. After minimal preparations, Ape Cave deliver a one-of-a-kind adventure. If you ever wanted to go on a long hike in a dark tunnel, Ape Cave is the place. From the cave's main entrance, visitors can head down to the lower... Read more.
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Distance: 3.75 miles – Elevation change: 400 feet
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Trail of two forests hike Washington lava forest tunnel Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument Washington Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Trail of Two Forests offers a window into two time periods of forestation shaped by nearby Mount Saint Helens. The current forest is obvious - moss, fern, trees, and fighting shrubs that have regrown over lava that covered this land approximately 2,000 years ago. The second forest is ghosts of trees that once stood here. As slow-moving molten lava cooled, it surrounded... Read more.
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Lava Tube Trail Mojave National Preserve hike California desert cave -- A field of cinder cones stands out dramatically from the surrounding Mojave Desert between the city of Baker and Kelso Depot Visitor Center.  Within the lava field is a short trail leading to a tube formed long ago by molten lava.  A ladder takes hikers down into the tube where skylights (holes in the rock ceiling) illuminate a subterranean world.
A field of cinder cones stands out dramatically from the surrounding Mojave Desert between the city of Baker and Kelso Depot Visitor Center in Mojave National Preserve. Within the lava field is a short trail leading to a tube formed long ago by molten lava. A ladder takes hikers down into the tube where skylights (holes in the rock ceiling) illuminate a subterranean... Read more.
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Distance: 0.6 miles – Elevation change: 150 feet
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