On the way to Lava Beds we stopped off at Dunsmuir for Breakfast at the Cornerstone bakery then did the quick little hike to Hedge Creek Falls
These falls are right next to highway 5 but not visible from the freeway.
Hedge Creek Falls
After arriving in lava beds we took a quick walk from the campground to a nearby backcountry ice cave
Lava talus - lots of scrambling through this stuff. Wheee.
Greg above the cave entrance
Heading down the hole
Ice formation in the cave
More ice in the cave
Green laser light on an ice formation
Ice floor in the cave
Inside the ice cave - floor is ice
Patterns and dirt on the ice floor.
Outside the ice cave
Out of the cave
Saturday: We hiked the Lyons trail for a couple of miles and then headed on an off-trail loop to visit a backcountry series of wild lava tube caves
Scrambling through the collapse
Walls of the collapse area of the tube
Arch inside one of the caves
Looking back towards the light
The perils of exploration
The terrain here is amazing - you'll be walking through flat scrubbrush land and suddenly these enormous collapse trenches appear leading into lava tubes.
Above a collapse
Paige and Greg
Into a backcountry cave
This cave (it shall remain anonymous) is one of the best I've found in Lava Beds
Some bones down here...
This cave is a deep hole where you have to climb down a steep slope of talus. Lights don't reach the bottom. Fun!
Back on the lyons trail - the terrain looks featureless but there are tons of collapses and caves out there.
Back at the campground in my favorite site - A6