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Distance Round Trip 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,932 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Sep, Jun
Sun  6:02am - 5:20pm
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A Cave with Crystals
by cw50must

Crystal Cave is a Cave in Sequoia National Park. The cave is open to tours, the trail head starts 1/2 mile above the cave, you hike down, pass a waterfall and then come to the cave entrance. The cave tour is close to a mile inside the cave, then a 1/2 mile hike back up to the parking lot. The cave is about 60* inside year round. the hike down and up is short but does have some incline, its mostly paved as it sees heavy traffic. Inside the cave you see many different formations, the creek runs through the cave as well.
In order to take the cave tour you must purchase tickets in advance. Tickets are not sold at the trailhead, they are available in the Lodgepole visitors center, and there are tours every hour, on the hour. The tour lasts about an hour including the hike down. You are on your own on the way up giving you some time to explore the waterfall or the surrounding area.

cw50must
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    NPS

    Sequoia National Park
    Sequoia & Kings - Fees


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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Head towards either Bakerfield or Fresno and take the kings highway into the park.

    Once in SNP, go to the Lodgepole visitors center for tickets, then head towards the trail head, the turn off is just south of the Giant Forest Museum.
    page created by cw50must on Aug 05 2015 6:47 am
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