• It is recommended to bring a jacket or a sweater because of the temperature inside Crystal Cave ( 50 °F).
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.
Caves and Karst Management, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Caves Biology, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Crystal_Cave_(Sequoia_National_Park)&oldid=958014214, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, April 28, 1918 by Alex Medley and Cassius Webster, This page was last edited on 21 May 2020, at 16:05. WiFi is available at the Foothills Visitor Center, the Grant Grove Visitor Center, and in the lobby of Wuksachi Lodge. The cave is a constant 48 °F (9 °C). It is accessible by Park Service guided tours only. When we completed the loop and found ourselves back at the cave entrance, it was time to hike back to the trailhead. At the trailhead there are a few picnic tables and large bear boxes. The entire thing, including the drive to and from the trailhead from Generals Highway, the hike to and from the cave, the actual cave tour, and some wait time at the trailhead, took about 3-3.5 hours. Know that vehicles longer than 22 feet, trailers and buses are not allowed on the Crystal Cave road. When we reached the bottom, our tour guides weren’t quite ready to enter the cavern, so we had some extra time to explore the waterfall and get some great photos. Inside the cave, we left the hot, nearly 100 degree weather behind and enjoyed the cool air of the cavern that is 48 degrees year-round. • The cave is not recommended for young children who cannot walk on their own. • Inside the cave, no hiking stick, backpack, purse or baby carrier are allowed.
Weather varies a lot by season and elevation, which ranges from 1,370 feet to 14,494 feet. In Sequoia National Park, between Giant Forest and Ash Mountain entrance.  Tickets are not sold on-site, but must be bought at the Foothills or Lodgepole Visitor Center. To enter Crystal Cave, we passed through a really cool spiderweb gate that was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Crystal Cave is in the Giant Forest area, between the Ash Mountain entrance of the park and the Giant Forest museum. • There are five types of tours: Daily Tour, Historic Candlelight Tour, Discovery Tour, Wild Cave Tour and Junior Caver. Allow 60 minutes from the Visitor Centers to get to the cave parking lot and plan to be in the parking lot 15 to 20 minutes prior to your tour time. We slept in, visited both the Foothills Visitor Center and Lodgepole Visitor Center, checked out Tunnel Rock and the Native American pictographs and mortars at Hospital Rock, enjoyed majestic views of the Kaweah River, hiked the General Sherman Tree Trail, marveled at giant sequoia trees, snapped photos with the Four Guardsmen in Giant Forest, and went on an underground adventure in Crystal Cave. Cell service is not available in most areas. Copyright © 2020 Bourn Creative, LLC. We watched people return from cave tours sweaty and out of breath, as the half mile return hike is very steep and all uphill. Know that vehicles longer than 22 feet, trailers and buses are not allowed on the Crystal Cave road. About Crystal Cave: Crystal Cave is located near Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park.
Crystal Cave is a marble karst cave within Sequoia National Park, in the western Sierra Nevada of California.It is one of at least 240 known caves in Sequoia National Park. The combined area of these two parks is 865,952 acres. We took the Discovery Tour of Crystal Cave. Crystal Cave is a marble karst cave within Sequoia National Park, in the western Sierra Nevada of California. No food, drinks, backpacks, bags, purses, hiking sticks, or baby carriers are allowed in the Cave. Sequoia Parks Conservancy will provide flashlights and necessary equipment. During your tour, you can not leave food in your vehicle. Also know that poison oak grows near the trail (don’t touch the plant!). Tours range anywhere from forty-five minutes to six hours as a guide takes people through the intricate cave system and explains the cave … • 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.
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