Hiking and exploring backcountry locations of the Western United States.

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“Sapphire Tunnel” Cave

We’ve known about this cave for some time but it wasn’t until recently we were finally able to put together a trip to see if we could find it. And after a few hours of climbing ladders and walking miles into the center of a mountain, we reached it.

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Mojave Lava Tube

Out in the volcanic cinder cones, a few miles east of Baker in the Mojave National Preserve, and hidden among fields of broken basalt and cinder, is the Mojave Lava Tube.  Over the course of the last seven million years (during the Pleistocene and Pliocene epochs) and perhaps as recently as 10,000 years ago, basalt lava flowed in multiple eruptive events from cinder cones here.

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Crystal Stanislaus Cave

Alysia and I met up with Brian and his daughter Alisha for a little cave exploring around the Stanislaus River.  This wild cave is accessible by a hundred foot climb up a steep limestone cliff. The cave is small and only has only a few rooms to explore. And although some of the stalactites in the cave have suffered vandalism over the past one hundred years since its discovery, it is still a pretty awesome place.

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