Sunday, January 29, 2012

Hell’s Hole chicken adventure

One of the most fun things to do during my high school years was to order some pizza, wrap it in a towel, and take it down Hell’s Hole (a rubble heap / lava tube cave in White Rock Canyon) to eat. Ben, I, and several of his friends set out yesterday to do this.

One complication: The pizza joint in White Rock did not open until an hour after the designated meeting time. So, Ben got a rotisserie chicken instead, which he presents proudly in the photo above.  

Hell’s Hole is filled with remarkably sophisticated and classy graffiti. The colored tape is a technique I’m not familiar with.

One of our band emerging into the big room with a chicken.

Laying out the chicken and other lunch items. It was a pretty good lunch, but not quite as good as cave pizza.


  1. Hi,

    Im interested in finding this cave- could you outline a few directions, if possible?


  2. Hi Owen,

    Sorry, it's generally considered poor form to post the locations of caves publically.

    Good luck,


  3. Why is it poor form?

  4. Two reasons.

    1. Protecting the cave from people. In this case, that's likely less of an issue since it's so graffiti heavy and well-known already, but e.g. I did see a bat down there that shouldn't be disturbed. However, I don't want to get into deciding whether this cave or that cave should be on the internet, and I'll just not share any.

    2. Protecting people from the cave. In this case, that remains highly relevant. The cave has a number of drops, and a few unstable areas, and it's real easy to get hurt if you're not careful.

    A little googling will find you much more on the topic, I'm sure.

  5. I went into Hell's Hole a few times as a high schooler in the early 90s, then moved away from the area and didn't get back down there until about 10 years later in 2004. I was disappointed that I couldn't remember how to get to the entrance! One of these days I need to get back down there and do a little more hunting around just to see if I can still find it!