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
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
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.
entrance to the cave.
entrance and background.
entering the opening.
towards the tubes.
how close the cave is to the road.
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.
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.
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Looking down one of the openings in the cave.
Looks like a tight fit.
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