47050 Generals Highway, Three Rivers, CA 93271-9599
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These caves were discovered in 1918. To view the caves, visitors must be part of a guided tour. Tour tickets can be purchased ... More
These caves were discovered in 1918. To view the caves, visitors must be part of a guided tour. Tour tickets can be purchased at Foothills or Lodgepole visitor centers. The caves are closed between September and mid-May.
We did this tour at noon in the middle of June, and although the weather was perfect for the hike, the inside of the cave is still cold. As the other reviewer mentioned, it's about a 15min walk to the cave and that's with no stops. I do not recommend the tour for anyone that has challenges with walking or breathing, the hike back up is quite steep. I suggest stopping for pictures and site seeing on the way back, you'll need the breaks. There are several great spots for picture taking on the hike. As for the actual tour of the cave goes, we lucked out and only had 11 people in our group so we were able to meander around a little longer than usual. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. It was disappointing to see the damage that people have done to the cave. I guess people just want a souvenir. The cave itself is very interesting though since it has a variety of shapes and tunnels.
I highly recommend this tour to anyone that can handle the hike.
It takes about 45 minutes to go to the Crystal Cave Rd. from Foothills Visitor Center, and the road is very curvy. It takes another 30 minutes to get to the parking lot; that route is only a single lane road, so be careful (it's not as curvy as Generals Highway between Hospital Rock and Crystal Cave Rd though). Once you get there, there will be someone there to gather the people for the tour, and to ask you to head down to the mouth of the cave where the tour guide will meet you. Get there a little early so you can use the restrooms near the parking lot before you hike over to the cave. The hike takes about 15 minutes, but you will pass by a few waterfalls. You can either enjoy them on your way to the mouth, or catch them on your way back. The hike there is easy because it's downhill; just remember you have to come back up! The cave tour itself is nice, but the cave is cold. For some reason, it's got a cool breeze going through the cave, so even with a short sleeve t-shirt and a long sleeve shirt over that, I was still a bit cold. My kids had a sweatshirt-like jacket over their t-shirts and they were still cold. Besides that though, the tour inside the cave wasn't strenuous. You walk on paved walkways, and it's lighted inside the cave. We didn't see any bats or bugs, though the guide says they're there. The cave is definitely worth a visit.
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