September 2009 - 37 photos
On the 1st of September, Bill Joy and I hiked to Wind Cave in Logan Canyon. I had thought about hiking to Wind Cave many times over the years, but based on a few poor photos seen in the newspaper, I always decided that hiking up that south facing slope in the hot sun was not worth it. Recently My friend Judy did the hike and sent me some photos she took. Her photos were so good that I called Bill about it and he said he received the same photos. He agreed that we ought to climb up and have a look for ourselves. So we did. It took us 1 hour and 40 minutes to hike up there, but we did stop a lot to take photos. We stayed up there about an hour taking more photos of the caves, then came down in 1 hour and 10 minutes. It was a nice walk, except for most of it being in the sun. Glad we started early before it did get too hot. We saw a few people going up, some at the caves, and passed a few more as we were coming down. If you go, I recommend a good hat and plenty of water. Was it worth it? I thought so, maybe my photos will help you decide.
My GPS showed the round trip at 3.5 miles, and we climbed 1,127 feet.
Telephoto picture of Wind Cave from a great viewpoint on top of cliffs to the southeast
The Wind Cave Trailhead is located in Logan Canyon, about 5.3 miles into the canyon, across from the Malibu Campgrounds. When we first spotted the cave from the highway, it was at the entrance to the Dewitt Picnic area. We parked there thinking that was where the trailhead would be, but looking around we couldn't find any trail, so we drove farther up the canyon until we found it across from the Malibu Campgrounds. The caves can't be seen from that area, but there is a parking lot with trailhead signs. The trail is fairly steep and climbs high fast, going above the cliffs, then comes down into the caves from above. If taking children along on this hike, you will want to watch them closely, as there are many dangerous vertical drops all around these caves.
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Inside of Wind Cave, looking towards the back, or north
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According the sign at the Trailhead, The formation of Wind Cave began far underground as water seeped through cracks deep within layers of limestone rock. Over long periods of time, the water slowly dissolved the limestone creating large, below ground caverns. More recently, the downward cutting Logan River exposed the caves, The arches we see today were created as water continues to erode the limestone formation from both ends of the cavern.
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My photos were taken with a Canon EOS 40D, 10.1 Megapixel SLR Camera and the Canon EFs 17-85mm IS wide angle to 5x zoom lens. I carried a Canon EF 70-300mm IS Telephoto for close ups. Some of these photos were taken by Bill Joy with his Olympus E620 SLR and additional lenses.
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