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Pluto’s Cave

Pluto’s Cave

Pluto’s Cave is a lava tube that was formed by an eruption of basaltic lava which originated from a vent about 8 miles to the northeast, between Deer Mountain and The Whaleback.Visitors can safely hike approx 1200 feet into the cave.

Permits are not required to enter the cave. Be prepared with warm clothing, sturdy, non-skid shoes and extra flashlights.

Water and garbage service are not provided. Camping is not permitted at Pluto’s cave. No food or drink inside the cave. Pets are not allowed inside the cave. No fires, torches or smoking in the cave. Pack out all trash and litter. Human waste is not permitted in the cave. Plan ahead!

Category: Easy

Distance: 1 mile

Elevation Gain: 0 ft.

Route Type: Out & Back

Directions:From I-5 in Weed, CA travel northwest on US Hwy 97 approx 7 miles to County Road A-12. Turn left and go approx 3.3 miles to Forest Road 43N30. Turn left go approx .2 mile to the parking area.

Highlights: Great cave views; Interesting, volcanic, high desert terrain

Photo Credit: USDA – Pluto’s Cave Website

Address

Forest Road 43N30, Montague, CA

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Pluto’s Cave

Pluto’s Cave is a lava tube that was formed by an eruption of basaltic lava which originated from a vent about 8 miles to the northeast, between Deer Mountain and The Whaleback.Visitors can safely hike approx 1200 feet into the cave.

Permits are not required to enter the cave. Be prepared with warm clothing, sturdy, non-skid shoes and extra flashlights.

Water and garbage service are not provided. Camping is not permitted at Pluto’s cave. No food or drink inside the cave. Pets are not allowed inside the cave. No fires, torches or smoking in the cave. Pack out all trash and litter. Human waste is not permitted in the cave. Plan ahead!

Category: Easy

Distance: 1 mile

Elevation Gain: 0 ft.

Route Type: Out & Back

Directions:From I-5 in Weed, CA travel northwest on US Hwy 97 approx 7 miles to County Road A-12. Turn left and go approx 3.3 miles to Forest Road 43N30. Turn left go approx .2 mile to the parking area.

Highlights: Great cave views; Interesting, volcanic, high desert terrain

Photo Credit: USDA – Pluto’s Cave Website