& Mallory Cave Downloads
CAVE CLOSURES IN EFFECT... The USFS and other
government entities have announced a 12 month closure
for Colorado caves. This closure starts on July 26th
2010 and will last until July 25th 2011 (unless modified).
From our website... Spring Cave, Fulford Cave, Mallory
Cave, and Hubbard Cave are currently closed. There
is a possibility that Cave of the Clouds will also
be closed. For more details, please visit this link
NCAR and Mallory Cave areas are located in Boulder,
Colorado near the National Center for Atmospheric
Research (NCAR). These two areas are part of the
vast network of trails along the Mesa Trail. These
2 areas contain over 3.58 miles of trail. Please
note that there
are a lot of little network trails to be on the
lookout for... so be sure to reference the map
to stay on course. Aside from the Mallory Cave,
these 2 areas offer astounding views of Boulder
and great picnic areas.
Mallory Cave is a small single room cave
which is subject to SEASONAL
CLOSURE (April 1st to October 1st) to
protect the "Big Eared Bats" and the
"Fringed Myotis Bats". Since the cave
is small, there is no chance of getting lost in
it... and thus we did not make an inside-the-cave-map.
In order to access the cave, visitors have to
ascend an easy climbing pitch. There is no need
for special equipment but please take note of
the weather. If it rains/snows, the rock on that
climbing pitch can get a little slippery. Avid
cavers probably won't find this cave to be exciting
but the hike to it is great and a visit to this
area is an excellent family/date activity.
For more information, please see our downloads
of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks
in these 2 areas tend to be very steep and crumbly.
Care should be taken when descending these trails.
For the most part, the trails are singletrack
in nature with the exception of the "Mesa
Trail" and parts of the "Bear Canyon-NCAR
For more information,
please download the "Waypoints &
Tracks" GPS file & Elevation Profiles
Ratings (up to 5.5):
= Physical Rating/Technical
Biking = Physical Rating/Technical
Rating... Not Allowed
Trail Running = Physical
Rating/Technical Rating... 3.6/3.4
Lions, Deer, Albert's Squirrel, Bears, and Rattlesnakes.
Hazards include weather, terrain, wildlife,
and other unexpected conditions associated with
the great outdoors.
For an up-to-date report on avalanche conditions...
visit the Colorado Avalanche Information Center
Because of the vast network where these areas
reside, we recommend downloading all
Maps, Area Information, Driving Directions,
Elevation Profiles, and GPS Downloads (below).
units do not work in caves or underground.
Facts and History: