Crystal Cave, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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  • Getting there- The cave parking lot is a 25 min drive from Foothills Visitor Center. To go into the cave, you need to hike downhill for about 15 min (a mile). The hike back from the cave to the parkin...  read more »
  • The 40 minute walk to the caves is an additional plus, through pine resin scented forests and sparkling waterfalls. This is caving light, as soon as you enter the domed entrance channels of almost lum...  read more »
  • Thoroughly enjoyed this visit. Caves beautifully and simply lit. Interesting and informative guide. A very different alternative to the big trees. The walk down and reverse, back up was not difficult ...  read more »
  • It was a very interesting tour I was fascinated with how it was created the hike was tough but we'll worth it. On my return back I went to get my small cooler from the bear locker and it was gone nothing of great value but sure it was disappointing my family was hungry after the strenuous walk back. Not much was done they said it had never happened before, One thing I noticed was almost all the bear lockers were empty with about 60 cars parked. Visitors are not putting their food items in the locker for a reason, watch out for petty thiefs. I'm never coming back for this sole reason
  • When we arrived in Sequoia, we had no idea it had a cave. A $30 registration for two people was all we needed to explore this beautiful natural wonder. We drove 45 minutes to the cave spot on the only road in and out, and arrived early for our guided 45 minute tour. Nae, our guide, did an excellent job relaying important history and connecting it to human impact on the environment. Beautiful tiny crystals littered the cave walls and the final chasm at the end was magnificent. Nae took a moment to let us feel what perfect darkness is like by turning off the cave lights-all the young kids on the tour were not happy, but the adults were calm enough to enjoy such a rare experience. Try to take the early bird tour, but give yourself a good hour from the visitor center to get there.
  • No trip to Sequoia National Park is complete without visiting its beautiful Crystal Cave. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or in-person at the Foothills or Lodgepole Visitor Centers (they recommend booking online). The driving directions on Google Maps are accurate and will take you directly to the parking lot. The tour starts at the parking lot, not at the cave entrance! There are multiple community-use bear boxes in the parking lot to store food/scented items. I personally did not experience any theft during my visit. Having said this, these boxes are bear-proof, not human-proof. When the tour starts, the guide will do their little information spiel before sending you off on a ~1/2 mile downhill hike to the cave entrance (where you will meet your real cave tour guide). The trail follows a stream and some cascading waterfalls. You'll have plenty of time to stop and take pictures AFTER the cave tour. The trip back up the parking lot is an uphill battle, so rest breaks aka "photo ops!" may be needed. Also, watch out for poison ivy and rattlesnakes on the trail. The caves are well worth the trip. The basic family tour is a ~45 minute guided tour along a paved walkway within the rock formations. Photos do not do this place justice. The stalactites and stalagmites are a sight to behold! It gets a quite cool in the caves (it was 50 degrees F during my trip), so bringing some sleeves might be wise. Overall great experience! I definitely recommend all Sequoia visitors to book a tour here. I know I am re-visiting the caves the next time I am back in Sequoia.
  • Went with party of 14, 8 of those children ranging from 1-15 years old. Great experience for all. Hike back up was strenuous while holding that 1 year old but well worth it.
  • The hike down is pretty easy (watch your step) but the trip up is more strenuous. The cave is interesting and there are some beautiful structures inside. All the "crystal" of the cave was destroyed years ago, but still worth the visit.
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