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Kept hearing people talk or ask about this trail but no one I knew had done it so I went to find it. Required a little offroading to get to the trailhead. Definitely not meant for cars. You can park and walk back to the trailhead though. The hike itself is short and I'd probably say moderate. But the cave was awesome. It was about 15ft down and then you had to crawl roughly 100ft to get to one of the bigger rooms. Then there's a hole in the back that leads to an even bigger room. I had so much fun exploring it. I recommend it for anyone.
We did this trail on June 2015. We started at the trail to the Antony Cave near the Ohara Rd. We went down the mountain close to the cave and took the arroyo to the left until we reached the Hitt Canyon Loop. We hiked all the loop but instead to completed at the arroyo, we returned by the Northern Pass. The Hitt Canyon Loop is an easy trail that does not take you to much time to complete it. That is why we included it in the total of 9.6 miles trail we did. Hiking by the arroyo is a very pleasurable experience, more sand than rocks, not difficult to hike, nice view of the canyon and the mountains. The Northern Pass is a well maintained trail that we like to hike. This area at the north end of the mountain range, is beautiful, we have been here several times. These arroyos, canyons and mountains are very enjoyable places we love to visit.
Short but challenging hike to a hidden cave that at times was difficult to track path. Going on a weekday will almost ensure you're the only one there if you like solitude. Be wary of the gun range on the other side of the ridge.
Very short hike although it is somewhat steep. The cave is pretty extensive, the opening can be entered and exited by most without climbing gear although I would not recommend it for anyone without at least a small amount of bouldering experience. Be prepared to get extremely dirty and extremely hot and sweaty. To get past the first hundred feet of the cave you will need to crawl on your belly. Once you pass the first crawling section the cave becomes extremely humid and hot(note I did this in winter). Also be aware that some belly crawl passages will not have space to turn around and will dead end, so be prepared to crawl out backwards. Definitely not for the claustrophobic.
great hike and cool cave. We only dared to go in about 20 feet - and we did bring a rope just for safety. Flashlights too. Four stars only because it was rather short, I prefer a little longer hikes. Definitely worth checking out. Saw a horned toad on the way back down.
Started this hike in the early evening and while it doesn't take long to get to the cave, the change in elevation is constant and could be challenging for those not accustomed to steep climbs at high altitudes. The trail splits near the Gap, stay to the left and up the south of the mountain. The cave itself is actually more like a vertical hole in the mountain face (as opposed to the other caves in the Franklin Mountains which are easily seen from a distance) Entrance is steep and you will need a headlight inside. It is also recommended to bring someone along with you if you plan on exploring.
Significant elevation gain for those of us who don't do this kind of thing regularly. Bring water. No shade on this hike mid day. Be careful of shooters at "the range". No backstop and they will be shooting towards the trail. I had to rough it back to stay out of their line of fire. Good hiking boots a must. Bring a rope and a friend to enter cave. Could prob scale it with some experience. From the saddle between the two highest peaks, hike up the left peak. Trail is obvious until you get to the ridgeline. Just past there look for small stacked rocks. Follow them almost straight up towards the peak to the cave. Entrance is higher up than you would think. Awesome views.