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Lava River Cave TubeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2014
Lost
Hiking1.50 Miles
Hiking1.50 Miles   2 Hrs      0.75 mph
15 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Really interesting hike and a good, easy way to shake things up from the typical above ground hike. Started about 9:30 this morning. A little later than I wanted, but sleeping in was worth it.

Lots of dew/moisture in the cave due to the monsoon. The floor was moist nearly to the split. Some water droplets inside the entrance. I slipped a few times on the wet rocks, but never actually fell. Temps were about 42-45 the whole way so no frost. I wore jeans, a thin hoodie, and my trail running shoes and I was very comfortable. Gloves were not necessary. Might do some different pants next time as the jeans restricted leg movement when climbing over larger rocks.

The parts of the cave with the high ceilings were really amazing. Just kept thinking about how far underground I was to have the ceiling that high! The only place where I really had trouble was right past half way where the ceiling drops to about 3 1/2 feet for a short distance. I was just shy of having to crawl thru there. It's really not too bad though (for reference, I'm 6'0" and 215 lbs, and was wearing a Camelback)

Didn't see too many people on the way in, but that changed on the way out. Probably saw 40-50 people total in the cave this Sunday morning. Saw one couple bring a dog. Seriously: this is NOT a dog friendly hike. The floor of the majority of the hike is made up of very uneven, sometimes sharp and sometimes loose rocks. Farther down I found the land mine the dog left. :sk: Not to mention the obvious: it's pitch black inside. Also saw a few really young kids that weren't too happy with the rocky ground. Kids older than about 6-7 should be fine and will probably really enjoy this cave.
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