Peak(s):  Spring Cave
Date Posted:  06/19/2018
Date Climbed:   06/18/2018
Author:  mikefromcraig
 Spring Cave   

Not exactly a mountain but there is some climbing involved.

Spring Cave is located southeast of Meeker, CO. The website says you have to make reservations and get approval before you go but there are registration forms at the trailhead as well. It's just a 0.6 mile class 1 hike to the cave from the trailhead.

Inside the cave there are a couple of metal ladders welded to the rock. There's also multiple fixed ropes to help you ascend and descend. I was a little timid just because I'm sure that damp cave is not the ideal conditions to maintain rope integrity. Plus, they are soggy and it's about 55 degrees down there so your hands get numb using them.

I was told that the water levels are real low right now. Apparently some times you can't get into the cave too far without needing a wetsuit. We were able to explore the cave for about 4 hours and we didn't see the whole thing. You can contact the BLM at 970-878-6000 to get current conditions. Also, there's a gate at the entrance which would block you from entering if closed so you might want to make sure the cave is open before making the long trip.

It was a lot bigger than I thought watching a couple of videos on it. There was one place where you could have had a 50 foot pole from floor to ceiling. Obviously a lot of awkward crawling around if you really want to explore. Knee pads would have been nice.

The last picture in the video is of the hike in. It's a nice short hike with some gradual elevation gain.

Comments or Questions

06/19/2018 18:32
I wonder if my claustrophobia would kick in with that running water in a tight spot.

Loads of fun!
06/20/2018 12:23
I haven't been caving in a long time, but this is a fun cave. There are some fun repels in that cave. If you have dive gear you can get pretty far back. Scientists put dye in the water to see where it was coming out, but it never came out in the river.

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