|Mt. Jefferson from inside Boca Cave|
From the top of Triangulation Peak, I dropped down onto a saddle and then up again onto a less elevated viewpoint. There, I took a steep trail from the top of a massive block of basalt to its base , where Boca Cave was created by what appears to be the erosion of cinder rock inside a large slab of basalt. From inside, one can hear water running from the back of the cave, where springs seep slowly and wear away the cinder rock.
I continued my hike back down the cave's access trail to the Triangulation Peak Trail and continued east toward Mt. Jefferson. I then took the Devils Peak Trail, which follows a ridge with interesting views of rock outcroppings and Mt. Jefferson. Rock pikas can be heard at every rock field, and flowers dominate the trail near its intersection with the Devils Peak Trail. Turning around on the trail, views of Boca Cave and the massive basalt slab that surrounds the cave exist.
|Triangulation Peak and Boca Cave|
Numerous discoveries can be made along a mountain trail right at your feet. Beyond animal tracks, small patches of deer hair; owl regurgitation, known as pellets; bird feathers and scat from various animals are some of the more common findings. If you don't think very many animals exist in a particular patch of woodland you are hiking, go back to that area when snow has covered the ground. It is guaranteed that snows not covered recently by new snow will be dotted with animal tracks going every direction. Animals in the wild are everywhere.
|Boca Cave Entrance|