Lava Tubes


    We noticed the map indicator for a "cave" on the topo map and decided to go see if we could find the cave. It is about 5 miles past the entrance to Hack Canyon. This is along the Toroweep/Mount Trumbull road (County Rd 109). There is a road (kind of) going north that you will need to take to get to the cave. The coordinates for the turn to the north are 36° 31.315' N & 112° 55.788' W. From this turn it is almost 3 miles. There is 1 gate you will need to pass through. Look closely at the latch to see the small link you need to lift to get the gate to open easily. The Coordinates for the cave are 36° 32.968' N & 112° 56.309' W. Be sure to have high-clearance and having 4-wheel drive will definitely help smooth out the ride for this one. We think this is a lava tube, but do not know for sure, since we did not enter the cave very far. We believe it is probably a lava tube since the hills near by are lava and there are outcrops near the northern cave that are lava.   

    There is another cave to the north that is probably another lava tube, that we did not visit at this time. We will try to get there in the near future and get accurate coordinates, directions and pictures.

    We did make it to the northern cave and was a bit disappointed in the fact that the opening was buried under a heavy layer of tumbleweeds! We might have tried using a lighter to clear the tumbleweeds, but that would have been risky considering how many were in the pit and how hot and fast they can burn and there was a light breeze!

    If you wish to visit this area and see the pit where the map indicates the opening should be you will need to travel south on the Mt Trumbell road to these coordinates - N36° 24.240' & W112° 52.848'. Head west on this road to N36° 34.946' &W112° 53.836' and go left to Earls Reservoir. From here, head south at coordinates N36° 35.448' & W11254.980'. This road will take you to a gate with the same type of link that needs to be lifted up to open the gate, as the gate has on the way to the south cave. The cave opening pit is just past the gate at coordinates N36° 34.230' & W112° 56.223'. The next 2 pictures show the pit and how full of tumbleweeds it was.

cave

cave
Got a Match?
 

    The following pictures show the cave entrance and a little of the surrounding terrain. If you decide to go, be sure to take along all the appropriate equipment and extra supplies since it is nearly 30 miles back to the highway. It might be a good idea to let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back, since a 30 mile walk will take close to 10 hours to get back to the highway.

lava tube, cave, Mohave Co
The entrance to the cave.


lava tube, cave, Mohave Co
The entrance and background.



lava tube, cave, Mohave Co
The entrance


lava tube, cave, Mohave Co
Me entering the opening.


lava tube, cave, Mohave Co
Looking towards the tubes.


lava tube, cave, Mohave Co
Leaving the cave.


lava tube, cave, Mohave Co
Leaving the cave.


lava tube, cave, Mohave Co
Notice how close the cave is to the road.

cave
Looking down one of the openings in the cave.

cave
Looks like a tight fit.



Back to Sinkholes

Home


Click on the blue link and then add your  comments or concerns to us   to send an E-mail to us.

© 2017 John & Shirley Bloomfield, for individual non commercial use only.