Day Hiking: South Cascades
by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Perhaps the most amazing natural wonder in Washington State. A must see. Be sure to bring warrm clothes (the caves are cold and a bit soggy), headlamps, and good shoes (particularly if you plan to hike through the upper cave).
It was a fun hike. Some of the lava cliffs were pretty high. Maybe 7-8 feet that we had to scale. Fascinating hike.
These caves are awesome! I felt like a big kid climbing around and exploring these caves. The lower cave has a pretty flat and smooth floor, it is an easy hike, you can take the kids. The upper cave however is fully of rock scrambles , loose rock floors and even a climb up an 8 foot lava fall. I would not advise taking children. For both caves I used a bright L.E.D. head lamp, it is the only way to go, especially in the upper cave where being hands free is at times required.
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