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Address: Hwy 89 and Hwy 44, Old Station, CA
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A Small, but Very Interesting Natural Attraction

The Hat Creek Subway Cave is just off Highway 89, north of Old Station, to the north of Lassen Volcanic National Park. This natural phenomenon was formed when lava flowed in this... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2017
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Cool, CA
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Cool, CA
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

The Hat Creek Subway Cave is just off Highway 89, north of Old Station, to the north of Lassen Volcanic National Park. This natural phenomenon was formed when lava flowed in this area, and crusted around the edges of a main flow that eventually emptied out to create a tunnel-like structure. The cave can be explored in less than an... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

We visited here as part of a whistlestop tour of Lassen and the surrounding areas. It a quirky little "cave" resulting from magma flows. The tour is self guided so you will need flashlights or a good number of mobile phone lights. Be aware that the floor is very uneven - it's all explained why on the informative boards in... More 

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Carson City, Nevada
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Reviewed 16 August 2016

Very neat trip in an underground cave. Make sure you bring a flashlight as it is pitch black and the ground is pretty uneven. It's a short little hike but pretty cool.

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1 Thank VYL_15
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Reviewed 7 August 2016

We stumbled across the Subway Cave while enroute from Lassen to Burney and decided it was worth a stop based on what we saw from Google Maps. I'm SO glad we did because it was a gem and made for a great quick stop to educate the kids. The floor is rough so I would NOT recommend any open toed... More 

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1 Thank PACManBreck
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

I have visited these tubes many times since I was a kid. I have always had a fascination with geology and these caves are a great example of vulcanism. The caves are not too long, maybe 45 minutes to an hour to walk through. Bring flash lights and wear close toed shoes as there are many rocky out croppings on... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

There is not much to do in Old Station, so the caves are a nice diversion from the heat. Interesting. Doesn't take much more than an hour to see. There's picnic tables on the property.

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2 Thank markfG1202XB
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Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Plenty of places to stay in hat creek, because it's a world famous trout fishing area. We went up for a quick trip stayed at a quaint hotel close to the caves. We went there early and had the cave to out selves. Bring a good flash light (if you forget the local gas station has them available to buy.... More 

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Redding, California
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

It is a great little walk to the caves and they are cool to see. A must stop on your way to where ever you are going. It won't take long depending on how much you explore. Bring your flashlight and often a light jacket if you plan to look around inside as the caves are much colder than the... More 

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Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

Worth the short walk. Be sure to bring your flash light to go through the lava tunnel. I am usually pretty claustrophobic, but was able to go the distance of 1/3 mile. Tunnel is very wide.

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 5 June 2016

Very interesting cave that you can easily walk by yourself (surface is rather even, you can walk upright almost everywhere). Bring a good flashlight or get one at Old Station nearby as it will be very dark in the cave. There are information boards inside the cave and guided tours (which we missed). The cave is ca 1/3 mile and... More 

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