Twenty thousand years ago and just 15 miles north of Lassen Volcanic National Park, the ground broke apart and huge volumes of volcanic rock poured forth to create the enormous expanse that is the Hat Creek Lava Flow.
Exposed to the air, the top of the lava flow began to cool and solidify, while molten rock below continued to flow – insulated by the now solid roof and creating lava tubes which carried the red-hot rock miles from its source.
Subway Cave is a section of lava tube less than a third of a mile long, located between two areas of ceiling cave-ins. Substantial concrete steps have been constructed at both ends of the cave, providing easy access for all would-be spelunkers.
– All Trails (Hiking App)
We had a big adventure visiting the Subway Cave last Saturday. I had seen it during summer, along with tons of other people. It’s a popular place during the summer months. (It’s easy accessible, and near a campground.) It’s definitely more of an adventure during winter. We didn’t see any other people, and no other vehicles at the parking lot. It’s pitch dark down there, so flash lights is a most if you want to go yourself.
It was a beautiful winter day when we visited.
I hope you enjoyed the visit to Subway Cave as much as we did!