Categories: Outdoors

Spelunking Caves in the Pacific Northwest

photos by Ben Herndon


In Oregon, mountains rise into jagged peaks, lakes fill basins, rivers flow through valleys and canyons cut into cragged deserts to create a diverse topography. Photographer Ben Herndon, however, went deeper, maneuvering the nooks and crannies tucked into—and below—the terrain, hidden from view. Headlamps on and standup paddleboards in tow, Herndon found logistically challenging photographic wonders, signs of vandalism, sun beams cutting through humid chambers, deep blue waters and one angry spider in Oregon’s caves.

This cave is privately owned and getting permission is recommended. The cave's proximity to a reservoir means water levels inside the cave fluctuate throughout the year.
A group of three people stand up paddle across tropical blue waters through the 3,000 foot long Malheur Cave, a lava tube in south eastern Oregon.
James Engerbretson exploring inside the Boca Cave on Triangulation Point in central Oregon. The floor of the large, single chamber cave is covered in a beautiful red soil and is complimented by a leafy green bed outside the entrance.more
James Engerbretson admiring the picturesque framing of nearby Mount Jefferson from inside the Boca Cave on Triangulation Peak in central Oregon. The floor of the large, single chamber cave is covered in a beautiful red soil and is complimented by a leafy green bed outside the entrance.more
James Engerbretson descends the ladder into the Skylight Cave in Central Oregon. The cave features a number of natural "skylights" that on clear days produce beautiful shafts of light.

Note for the adventurous types: when exploring caves, always bring extra lights, batteries and layers. Avoid caving alone.

Share
Published by
admin

Recent Posts

Sign Up for Adventure

Subscribe get more trip, recipe, nesting ideas from us!  

1 month ago

An easy homemade upgrade to your Marinara

1859's Home Grown Chef Thor Erickson shares the secret to a gourmet alternative to marinara…

2 months ago

PNW Businesses Rush to Aid in the Battle Against COVID-19

Across the region, theater companies are making masks, distillers are bottling hand sanitizer, restaurants are…

2 months ago

Chanterelle Mushroom Compound Butter

Home Grown Chef Thor Erickson | photography by Charlotte Dupont Thud, thud, thud! The knock…

3 months ago

Don’t namaste put—get away to a rejuvenating yoga retreat

written by Cathy Carroll IN A DOME built into a hillside, a round skylight at…

3 months ago

The Magic of Mushrooms — Cream of Chanterelle Mushroom Soup & Chanterelle Mushroom, Brie + Hazelnut Toast

Cream of Chanterelle Mushroom Soup Nicoletta’s Table / LAKE OSWEGO Yields 8 cups  2 pounds…

3 months ago