Pluto’s Cave Topo Map

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The hike at Pluto’s Cave makes a loop through beautiful high desert terrain with great views of Mount Shasta, the Trinity Divide, and the Cascade Range’s crest. Belowground, mysterious Pluto’s Cave, a long lava tube, beckons to be explored. Being in such proximity to one of the largest volcanoes in North America, it comes as no surprise to find lava flows, cinder cones, and volcanic buttes in the high desert Shasta Valley. One of the most dramatic features is the classic lava tube known as Pluto’s Cave. Lava tubes form when lava cools and hardens around lava channels that are still moving. When the flow has depleted, the hardened lava remains, leaving the hollow tube. The north side of Mount Shasta experienced the most recent lava flows, and more than a half-dozen flows are scattered around the north flank. The flow around Pluto’s Cave is one of the older ones, and is largely hidden from view by the proliferation of juniper and sagebrush.
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Macdoel, California

Get Pluto’s Cave Topo maps on One of California's best walks, Pluto’s Cave is located near Macdoel, CA. Trails' printable online topo maps offer shaded and un-shaded reliefs, and aerial photos too! Use topographic map functionality to find elevation, print high resolution maps, save a PNG, or just learn the topography around Pluto’s Cave. You can also get free latitude and longitude coordinates from the topographical map and set your GPS. Subscribers with access to our maps can download or print any topo, and cover more terrain when you map your Pluto’s Cave route ahead of time.