Lava tubes are a type of cave created by molten volcanic lava. For that reason these caves are found in areas of past or present volcanism. Hawaii has many lava tubes to explore as it’s one of the most active volcanic lands on the planet. The western states, which have hundreds of volcanoes and cinder […]
Pluto’s Cave Trail Topo Map in Siskiyou County CA
Pluto’s Cave Trail Information
Coordinates: 41.568009°N, -122.282393°W
Approx. Elevation: 2,625 feet (800 meters)
USGS Map Area: Lake Shastina
Feature Type: Lava
|Feature||USGS Topo Map|
|Four Corners||Lake Shastina|
|Conrad Ranch||Juniper Flat|
|Dukes Ranch||Lake Shastina|
|Terwilliger Walters||Solomons Temple|
|Lake Shastina Golf Resort||Juniper Flat|
Pluto’s Cave is a lava tube in Northern California that is over a mile in length and has high ceilings most of the way. Near the entrance there are a couple cave-ins, but after that your hike will be completely dark to the end about a mile underground. Bring warm layers (as it’s cold down there) and extra flashlights. If you lose your only source of light down there it would be dangerous trying to get out.
This lava tube is getting discovered as a great hiking destination that doesn’t have the crowds and fees that nearby Lava Beds National Monument has.
Mount Shasta dominates the view from the trailhead (located at 41.5708, -122.27906) and the area outside the cave.
Pluto’s Cave Trail is listed in the Lavas Category for Siskiyou County in the state of California. Pluto’s Cave Trail is displayed on the "Lake Shastina" USGS topo map quad. Anyone who is interested in visiting Pluto’s Cave Trail can print the free topographic map and other maps using the link above. The location, topography, and nearby roads & trails around Pluto’s Cave Trail (Lava) can be seen in the map layers above. The latitude and longitude coordinates (GPS waypoint) of Pluto’s Cave Trail are 41.568009 (North), -122.282393 (West) and the approximate elevation is 2,625 feet (800 meters) above sea level. If you have visited Pluto’s Cave Trail before, please share your experience with a comment below.