Caving / Spelunking in California Cavern, Angels Camp, California USA

Tour duration trail of lights:
60-80 minutes
Tour duration trail of lakes:
50-60 minutes
Bear Valley is a ski area located near Angels Camp, on highway 4, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, approximately 3 hours southeast of Sacramento, California, USA.

Near Bear Valley lies Ebbetts Pass, which has one of the best known caverns, California Cavern. The cavern is located 11 mi/11.7 km east of San Andreas Mountain, on Mountain Ranch Road, 9565 Cave City Road, Mountain Ranch. Inside the cave you can enjoy the magnificent crystalline formations and the networked labyrinth of rooms.

The tours offered by experienced guides will teach you about the cavern formation and geology and also the rich history of  the cavern and the surrounding countryside. The trail of lights walk tour, a 60-80 minute tour with a guide on well lighted paths is perfect for the whole family. The trail of lakes walk tour, a 50-60 minutes tour that replaces The trail of light walk tour during wet season is also suitable for the whole family.

The mammoth cave expedition, a 2-3 hours tour gives you a sample of real spelunking by crawling and squirming  through some natural paths that connect via 13 chambers. The middle earth expedition, a 2 ½ -4 hours tour offers the opportunity to  explore almost 80% of the cave through the historic mammoth cave area and into the newly discovered middle earth area.

How to Get to Destination

164 miles/263.93 km, 3 hours 5 minutes
Follow I-880S to San Jose. Take the exit 31 for I-238 to I-580/Stockton/Fresno. Follow the signs for I-238/I-880/Castro Valley/Stockton Fresno and enter I-238 S. Enter I-580E. Go straight for I-205E. Enter I-5N. Take the exit California 4E to Downtown Stockton. Enter CA-4 E. Enter CA-4 E/CA-99 S. Take the exit 252B to enter CA-4 E to Farmington Rd. Turn right to CA-4 E/Farmington Rd. Go to CA-4 Bypass E/Angels Camp Bypass. Head straight for CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
BY CAR FROM Central Valley
89.6 miles/144.2 km, 2 hours 4 minutes
Follow CA-108 E/E F St. Continue to follow CA-108E. Enter CA-49 N/W Stockton St. Turn left on CA-49 N/Golden Chain Highway N/S Washington St. Make an open right turn to Parrots Ferry Rd. Head straight to Parrots Ferry Rd. Turn right to CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
125 miles/201.17km, 2 hours 41 minutes
Follow CA-99S. Take exit 273 to Liberty Rd. Turn left on Liberty Rd. Turn right to CA-88W. Turn left to CA-12E. Continue to CA-49 S/Golden Chain Highway S/W St Charles St. Turn left to CA-4 Bypass E/Angels Camp Bypass. Continue straight to CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
Columbia Airport,
50.6 miles/81.433 km

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