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The Bear Gulch Cave is home to a colony of Townsend's big-eared bats which are listed as a "sensitive species" by the state of California. This natural talus cave is where the bats raise their young in the late spring and summer and rest in winter. The colony in the Bear Gulch Cave is the largest maternity colony between San Francisco and Mexico.

The lower half of the Bear Gulch Cave is usually open from mid-July through mid-May each year, depending on the presence of the colony of bats. The entire cave is closed from mid-May to mid-July while the bats are raising their young. Be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp which is required to enter the caves. The hike through the caves follows a well-marked trail with man-made stairs and the occasional handrail.

Short Hike: The cave is a short hike from the upper parking lot of the Bear Gulch Day Use area. From the Bear Gulch Trail you can connect to the Moses Spring Trail and the Bear Gulch Cave Trail for a short hike to the cave.

Family Friendly: This cave offers the opportunity to learn about nature and geology while exploring a talus cave.

Gem Type: Cave

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Kristen Arendt

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Jun 13, 2018
Samantha Sekula
May 16, 2018
Dave Manchester
May 11, 2018
Stella Winston
Hiked from the nature center to the cave via Moses spring trail.
Mar 27, 2018
Dan Dias
Hike from campground to caves with kiddos.
Feb 14, 2018
Emily Atmore
Nov 3, 2017
Austin Iannitti
Oct 16, 2017
Aaron D
Cave was fully open
Oct 7, 2017
Meagan Kadish
Solo trip. Caves are so cool!

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