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10 by photographer avatarSunDevil3
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Peppersauce CaveTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking1.00 Miles
Hiking1.00 Miles   2 Hrs      0.50 mph
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1st trip
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Made the trip down from Scottsdale with my brother. This was a first spelunking experience for either of us and it did not disappoint. The entrance is not the one directly behind the sign (this "entrance" is marked with a lot of grafitti and looked to be too small to fit thru) but rather the one about 10 yards further up the trail and slightly higher up the grade of the hill. It seemed silly after coming out of the cave but we did actually walk by it on the way in.

The cave was incredible and not nearly as littered/vandalized as I had expected it to be. Apparently some guys took some sand-blasters in there a couple years back and eliminated some of the spray paint.

Paths through the cave are fairly well marked with arrows on the walls and virtually every path we took of the main shaft seemed to loop back into it again eventually.There were a couple spots where we could have climbed down into a lower cavity (one actually had a rather spurious piece of rope dangling from the top) but without any trustworthy rope of our own we decided that these spots might be better left for another day (preferably with more people as well.)

We explored four around two hours (I assume anyway; I didn't check my watch on the way in and it's almost as hard to guess the time in a cave as it is in Vegas.) There was only one other group in the cave while were there and they faded in and out of the darkness most of the time.

The main lake seems like it may have receded somewhat in recent years judging by photos I had seen. The water was cool and also full of bacteria (as I learned from reading the sign outside AFTER having rinsed my hands in the lake.)

We spotted several small formations of young stalactites just forming as well as the majority of an old, large one with a good sized stalagmite base forming below. All in all, it was an incredible first caving adventure
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