Exploring Sequoia's Crystal Cave
Crystal Cave offers five different tours during the summer season - the Daily Tour, Historic Candlelight Tour, Discovery Tour, Wild Cave Tour, and Junior Caver Tour.
Not every Sequoia National Park vista point is “under the sun.” There’s another Sequoia, just below the surface. Crystal Cave is a treasure-cavern of ornate marble polished by subterranean streams and decorated with curtains of icicle-like stalactites and mounds of stalagmites.
Located about a 40 minute drive south of Wuksachi Lodge, Crystal Cave at Sequoia is available for exploration during the summer months only. Sequoia Natural History Association offers 45-minute guided tours daily in the peak season (weather permitting).
Special Candlelight Tours and the belly-crawling “Wild Cave” Tour are visitor favorites. Cave temperature is a constant 48 degrees so a jacket or sweater is recommended. For more detailed information visit www.sequoiahistory.org/crystalcave.
Crystal Cave is located off the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park, between the Ash Mountain entrance and Giant Forest. There’s a half-mile hike required to get to the cave entrance – the reward is well-worth the scenic stroll. Purchase tickets at the Foothills or Lodgepole Visitor Centers.
Tours are typically available from mid-May through the end of November. Crystal Cave is currently closed.
Traveler Tip: Book a stay at Wuksachi Lodge the night before your tour so you can be close to both the Lodgepole Visitor Center and Crystal Cave when you wake up in the morning!