Baker Cave Trip
(March. 21, 2005) Elise St. John (BGG)
On Saturday, March 19, 2005,
husband, Gary and
I explored Hardin Baker cave near the Great Salt Peter property. The cave should really be named something like
Through the Looking Glass cave. You begin
your trip in the cave by dropping into about a 10-foot hole in the
ground, complete with roots. We were told
it had plenty of hand and toeholds, but it still proved to be
challenging going down.
Once we got
to the bottom of the hole,
we then had to traverse an approximately 60- degree angle mudslide. The mud also had hand and toeholds throughout,
but it was very tricky going. Once we got
past the mudslide, the going was much easier; and the cave was well
We saw many different types of
formations. I am not versed in cave-ese,
but I will give a general description of the formations.
First, we saw what looked like pimples.
were dotted all over the walls and formations.
were also formations that you could tell were formed by many drops of
water hanging from the ceiling. These sort
of reminded me of a Dr. Seuss characteristic. We
also saw the mushroom type formations. We
wanted to take pictures, but when seeing the amount of mud we had to go
through, we opted to leave the camera topside.
were lots of bats hanging
around, as well as many cave crickets. The
cavern split in two directions. The left
split took us, after some belly crawling, to a large room in which,
surprisingly, there was no mud. It was
We could have done more belly
crawling, but it looked as though the ceiling would not get any higher
as far as we could see.
The right side did not go far, but by
belly crawling a short distance, we came to a part where the water
dripped in. Inside
this part was a wide
variety of formations. It was cramped in
there, and did not go very far, but it is worth looking in.
The overall exploration took
about 45 minutes. Coming out the way we
went in was not as
tricky as I thought it would be. I guess
this was because I knew what lay ahead. The
climb was also easier than I thought; thank goodness for that root at
I would not recommend this cave for
the weak or squeamish, but I would rate it as a “must see” for the
adventurous. One thing for sure-you will
the D4 entrance to the Woodard-Dunbar Cave System (Spring, 2005)
Ben Currens and Peggy
Dunbar entrance (click
image to enlarge)