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Overview
Location

Near Providence Canyon

Sights

Providence Cave

Distance

15 Mile Drive from Logan and .71 Mile Hike

Parking Lot Elevation

8199

Summit Elevation

8471

Elevation Gain/Loss

503 Feet Total

Time Required

3+ Hours

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring 1-2 liters

Best Season

Late summer-Fall

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Lots of trees for shade

Trail Condition

Thin Dirt Path

Restrooms

No

Visitor Center

No

Camping

Camping available in the area

Food

No

Equipment

Long pants, long shirt, knee pads, gloves, helmet, 2 flashlights per person with extra batteries, water, camera.

Driving Directions:

The cave is at the top of Providence Canyon near Mount Logan in Cache County, Utah. The Cave is located on private property. They have had problems with people vandalizing the cave. To ensure that people are being safe and responsible in this cave I will not give out specific coordinates to the cave unless I have talked to someone to make sure they go prepared. If vandalism continues there is a very good chance it will be closed. Please respect this gorgeous area! The trail head is located at:

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I would be more than happy to take people up there myself and show them around or just make sure that people will be responsible so that we can all enjoy these sights for many more years.


The Trail:

There is a fairly large parking area. You will need a high clearance vehicle to get to the trailhead but in good conditions 4×4 would not be neccesary.

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From the parking area there is a small steep trail that leads to the cave. The trail climbs quickly and steadily about 400 feet before leveling out and becoming very scenic and enjoyable.

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The last half mile of the trail is very beautiful with great views of the surrounding mountains.

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The trail will descend down a trail about 100 feet to the entrance to the cave. It would be more or less impossible to find without being right on top of it. Here is the view from the entrance and the entrance itself.

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There is a rope available to get down into the entrance but it isn’t neccesary. Once inside the cave it is very muddy. make sure and wear old clothes and prepare to get wet and muddy. A helmet will be your best friend in this cave. I would have had a pretty serious concussion if I wasn’t wearing one with how many times I hit my head. Make sure and bring backup lights and backup batteries for he backup lights. Its always  better to be safe. The entrance brings you into a fairly large room leading down into a tight spot you will need to hunch to get through.

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You will then immediately come to the very technical part of the cave. There are two very tight squeezes that should not be attempted by anyone who hates tight spaces or is any larger than me. (210 lbs) Anyone much larger than that could easily get wedged and find themselves in a very scary situation. You have to climb down through a hole then immediately climb over a rock nearly wedges you against the wall.

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After the first squeeze you then have to get on your stomache and climb through a tight tunnel and make a 90 degree turn while straddling another rock.

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After this the cave really opens up and you can be on your feet the rest of the time. The squeezes are worth it because of some of the huge rooms further in. In some parts you can take a tunnel under the main path. Here is my brother about 15 feet below me.

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There are several areas you have to straddle a crevasse that is about 15-30 feet deep.

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There are two main tunnels and they both end in large rooms. Both tunnels are worth exploring. One goes up, one goes down. The downward tunnel is the crown jewel. There are a few formations to be seen in the cave.

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Here are a couple of the large caverns.

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At the end of the last tunnel there are two huge rooms. Both are large enough to drive a bus through.  The largest is call the Aggie Ballroom. I think it is about 200 feet deep and 25-30 feet high.

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After the Aggie Ballroom the cave ends in a crawl that doesn’t lead to anything else. Return back safely the same way you came in. Be extra careful going out because the squeezes are even tougher since you wont have gravity on your side. Here we are after the journey. Very exhausted.

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Personal Thoughts:

This is now the second time I have been up to this cave. It is a lot of fun! I plan on making it a yearly tradition. Its a challenge and you get to see some cool stuff under the mountain that few people have seen. I would highly recommend this to anyone who can handle tight spaces, and getting very dirty.

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Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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Randi
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This looks amazing! Wish I could handle the squeeze though

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