Mallory Cave, Boulder, CO

Today I led a big crowd up to Mallory Cave from NCAR in Boulder.   

It’s not a particularly difficult hike, but at the top to get to the cave you need to scramble up a rock face that has only a few hand and foot holds.

scramble to top with few hand holds
scramble to top with few hand holds

Once you come through a small gap in the boulders,

we called this the birth canal
we called this the birth canal

you climb just a few more feet up to the cave.  The cave itself is home to Townsend’s big-eared bat, but because of an outbreak of a fungal infection in the bat population, it was gated off by Boulder in 2011.  

Mallory Cave
Mallory Cave

It’s a shallow cave, and I didn’t see any bats or robins.

where's the Batmobile?
where’s the Batmobile?

Turn around that this point and you have beautiful views of NCAR and Boulder beyond.

beautiful views
beautiful views

Thanks to the whole Hiking with Geeks crowd!

the whole Hiking with Geeks crowd
the whole Hiking with Geeks crowd

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