Crystal Cave

Crystal Cave

Open May through September 2017.

Where to find Crystal Cave?

In Sequoia National Park, between Giant Forest and Ash Mountain entrance. Know that vehicles longer than 22 feet, trailers and buses are not allowed on the Crystal Cave road.

To go from the parking area to the entrance of the cave you need to walk a trail of half a mile. From the General Highway to the parking area of the cave you need to drive around 20 miles (30km).

What to know before visiting Crystal Cave?

• There are five types of tours: Daily Tour, Historic Candlelight Tour, Discovery Tour, Wild Cave Tour and Junior Caver. It is advised to book your tour online here because they are often full on weekends and everyday in July and August./

• If you want to buy your tickets on-site, know that you cannot buy any ticket at the cave, you need to buy them at the Foothills Visitor Center or at the Giant Forest Museum.

• From the visitor center to the cave itself, allow 30 minutes of travel time.

• The trail to the entrance of the cave is uneven and doesn’t accommodate wheelchairs or strollers. Also know that poison oak grows near the trail (don’t touch the plant!)

• Because of the hike, it is recommended to bring at least a bottle of water. Know that all the food must be placed in the shared bear boxes in the parking area.

• It is recommended to bring a jacket or a sweater because of the temperature inside Crystal Cave ( 50 °F)

• Personal photography is allowed. Whatis forbidden: flash photography, tripod, selfie sticks, and monopods.

• Inside the cave, no hiking stick, backpack, purse or baby carrier are allowed. If you use them for the hike from the parking area to the cave, you must leave them unattended at the entrance of the cave.

• Tours might be rescheduled due to weather, park emergencies, road conditions, etc…

• The cave is not recommended for young children who cannot walk on their own.

• People with the following health problems should not visit the cave: claustrophobia, heart and/or respiratory difficulties, walking difficulties, recent surgery and/or illness. No first aid facilities are available.

• Because of the White Nose Syndrome, a fungus that can easily be spread in caves, it is asked not to visit Crystal Cave with clothes or shoes that may have been in a cave or a mine since 2005.

Feautured image Vgane at English Wikipedia [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

1 Comment

    July 13, 2017 at 3:43 am

    By some accounts, Sequoia National Park could have been set aside solely to protect the amazing caves found in this area.

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