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2020-11-01  
A Cool Cave, AZ
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A Cool Cave, AZ 
A Cool Cave, AZ
 
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jillyonanadventure
Hiking7.69 Miles 2,266 AEG
Hiking7.69 Miles   9 Hrs   20 Mns   1.13 mph
2,266 ft AEG   2 Hrs   32 Mns Break
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Went to see about a cave I’ve been eyeing for a while. Was waiting for it to cool down, and we thought Sunday looked nice and cloudy. We realized a portion of the road was closed when we arrived, so we were already tacking on at least 4 miles onto our hike. Also, due to where we had to park, we had to take a completely new approach to reaching the cave. James had been prior, so he was familiar with the area and plotted our strategy to attack this hike. We were starting mid morning and was straight into lots of uphill. The hair went into a ponytail pretty quickly and it was HOT. The hike has so much exposure that it just felt like the sun was attacking you. We found a small cave/alcove to cool down and had a discussion on whether we should abort mission, due to the heat, realizing we forgot our lunch in the car, and the extra distance. I’m so stubborn that I refused to quit and we kept heading up. What could possibly go wrong? :sweat: We reached an area that we needed to climb / scramble up to get to the ridgeline. We took a super sketchy chute that had a huge dead tree right smack dab in the middle. James had to help me up and he almost lost his footing while doing so; it was definitely not our finest idea. After climbing for what felt like forever, we finally reached the Ridgeline. There would be a series of up and downs to get across to the approach to the cave. Along this Ridgeline, I passed a rattlesnake that was SUPER aggressive and would not stop rattling, even as we distanced ourselves. :scared: We believe it was an adolescent. There was zero trail the entire time although we did manage to follow a couple of decent game trails. We often had to walk through grass and I was very scared of more angry snakes given the temps. We finally reached the approach and man it was rough. Up, up, up leaning forward to not fall down. I was totally out of energy by the time we got to the bottom of the cave, and the scramble to get inside was a bit tricky. Once in the cave, we were able to relax, take a long break and cool down, eat snacks and pick our plan of attack to get down. After careful consideration, we decided to not go back the way we came, as we felt it would be better to have a bit more distance but finish in a wash. The descent was miserable... it was super steep and filled with tons of scree, lined with various cacti ready to stab you. It also offered lovely sounds of slight rattles in bushes more times than I’d like. Again, zero trail and just completely getting shredded by foxtails. The sun started to set as we were still descending, and we still had so far to go. After what felt like forever, we got to the wash. The going was tough through here as there were frequent downclimbs, thorny bushes and it was dark. So fun 8-[ We reached the road finally and I almost kissed the flat ground; I didn’t care that we had to walk through sand since it was flat. We saw some orange eyes in the distance on our dark walk and assumed they were javelina based on the game trails. We arrived back at the car and it was so amazing to ditch those socks— straight into the trash they went. I’m really glad I got to see this cave and it’s incredible views. I would likely never hike it again though.
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