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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

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« on: July 24, 2007, 08:35:43 PM »
My son and I will be heading up to E-rock in a couple of weeks for his birthday. I have heard of a cave (or more accurately, a kind of split in the granite) at E-rock. Does anyone know where it is or have the GPS coordinates for it?

Thanks,
BBH

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Offline RichardM

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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2007, 09:02:19 PM »
It's been about 15 years since I've been up there, but the cave's pretty easy to find.  Once you get to the "top" of the main rock where the geological survey marker is, just keep heading North-Northwest to a big clump of rocks with trees.  The cave runs for quite a ways.  I went through it when I was a 12-13 year old Boy Scout, but we did it on a lark, with only a single Bic lighter between the four of us.  The second scout in held the lighter, while I volunteered to be "Tail End Charlie" and went last.  That meant I could barely see anything, so I couldn't even guess how long it was.  There was a small exit at the end that I probably couldn't squeeze through at my current size. :oops:

Here's the view:


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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2007, 09:14:37 PM »
Hi RichardM!
Thanks, man!  I just printed out the thread...and have filed for the trip.

BBH

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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2007, 09:40:19 PM »
As I recall, the entrance is to the right on RichardM's pic and you work through to the exit on the left. On my first trip through, 3 of us went with 2 flashlights. Of course one gave out as soon as we were in deep enough for it to be very dark. We worked our way through, passing the remaining light back and forth. Take at least 2 good lights with fresh batteries.

As I think about it, there was a little climbing to reach the exit hole. Not bad though.
  Happy spelunking BBH!
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2007, 10:10:40 PM »
There is usually a line of people to go through.  We always used to go at night around midnight so we had it to ourselves.  We actually camped one night atop EROCK.

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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2007, 10:11:45 PM »
here are some pictures from my trip in April of 05

what you are looking for for the entrance





about as narrow as i remember. the entrance was the tightest if i recall correctly.



my camera fell out of my backpack after that point, so no more pictures :oops:

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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2007, 11:54:06 PM »
I was just up there 3 weeks ago, and have been in the "cave" many times.
There is not too much to it, really.  

I think a neater spot is to walk south of that spot for about 1/4 mile, to where a drainage runs between the main "rock" and the lessor hill.  It's a neat and different way to go down, following that neatly eroded drainage.   Exfoliation at work.

Have fun...I love that place.  A few weeks back I brought my two stunt kites up there and my brothers and I have fun flying them.  If you are into that sort of thing, then I should add that my parafoil kite (Snapshot 1.9) was quite a load in the 25+ mile gusts.  

http://prismkites.com/k_snapshot.html

Vince

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BigBendHiker

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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2007, 06:02:26 AM »
Thanks, everyone, for all the great feedback!  Looking forward to our trip!


BBH

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« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2007, 09:15:24 AM »
Viper's pics show you that it's pretty well marked.  It interesting and there are arrows along the way.  We were there in 05 as well.  If I remember correctly, you have to drop about 6 feet at the end before you climb up and out.  it takes just a bit of faith to believe the arrow is true.  only bad part is seeing some trash in spots below you can't get to clean out.
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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2007, 09:39:23 AM »
Lots of background info on this site:
Along the northwest face of Enchanted Rock, near the summit is Enchanted Rock Cave. Actually a capped crevice over 600 feet long with some 20 entrances, it is one of the largest caves formed within an inselberg mass. Although exploration of the cave is permitted it should not be done without adequate equipment. The absolute darkness and vertical drops near the lower levels of the cave make it very hazardous for amateurs. Formerly the nesting place for rock and canyon wrens, and a roosting site for cave myotis and other bats. Enchanted Rock Cave is one of the most ecologically damaged areas in the park.
« Last Edit: November 21, 2008, 04:40:53 PM by RichardM »

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« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2007, 09:56:08 AM »
I once sat through an inselberg mass. Lots of Latin, standing up, sitting down, and kneeling, as I recall.
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« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2007, 11:18:31 AM »
Quote from: "Vince T"
I was just up there 3 weeks ago, and have been in the "cave" many times.
There is not too much to it, really.  

I think a neater spot is to walk south of that spot for about 1/4 mile, to where a drainage runs between the main "rock" and the lessor hill.  It's a neat and different way to go down, following that neatly eroded drainage.   Exfoliation at work.

Have fun...I love that place.  A few weeks back I brought my two stunt kites up there and my brothers and I have fun flying them.  If you are into that sort of thing, then I should add that my parafoil kite (Snapshot 1.9) was quite a load in the 25+ mile gusts.  

http://prismkites.com/k_snapshot.html

Vince


 My little girls would love to se that in action !!!

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« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2007, 02:01:06 PM »
Yes, it can be a bit tight in there...





steep, too...
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