My husband and I had the opportunity to hike to a popular cave system in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. The caves are amazing. I'm not a big fan of dark, cramped and closed-in places but these caves and their history were incredible. The Timpanogos Cave is the most famous of this system. The hiking part was fun. It is 1.5 miles up with a vertical rise of 1092 feet. You then shimmy through a cave system and then hike your way back down. The caves were actually discovered starting in 1887 by Martin Hansen. I don't know how he ever scaled the cliffs to find the small opening of the first cave but he did. His son and grandson later found other caves. Here are a few pics. I want you to try and enjoy the beauty that I did. Too bad I can't let you enjoy the fitness aspect of the hike as well.
|Ready to begin our weekend hike.|
|Saw my first rattlesnake. My zoom hasn't worked since I dropped it in the sand and I wasn't about to lean in closer to get a better shot. Yikes. I hate snakes.|
|Ceiling of one of the caves.|
|This was called the Heart of the cave|
|This was the original hole used to access the caves.|