Participants: Ken Bailey, Kathy McGrath, Jeanie Baliey, Wes Tutt, Lore Berglund, Adam Sampson
Report by: Adam Sampson
Little Spring Cave
The structure out front is relatively modern. It has a concrete floor and sawed lumber that uses tongue and groove joints. The nails used are wire nails and the roof and door (no longer attached) are made with corrugated tin. There is a stairway leading down to the trail from the shed, but the concretes steps are mostly covered by dirt and the distance between the shed and trail are completely overgrown with no sign of any trail (other than the partially buried steps).
The cave itself is a fracture formed cave that we would estimate at approximately 40 feet long (eyeballed). The opening is about 5.5 feet tall and 5.5 feet wide. It has a small stream coming out of it and was flowing at between 10 and 15 gpm (eyeballed) on the date of our trip. This cave is clearly a raccoon den and has dig marks and significant amounts of scat. The cave was remarkably free from graffiti or damage. There was one brown crayfish inside the cave about 10 feet upstream.
Leven Jones Cave
Kathy McGrath and Adam Sampson made their way into the cave up until the first junction (eyeballed at about 30 feet). At the junction of the cave there are a lot of signatures carved deeply into the wall. Kathy took some photographs and then we turned around (this is a very tight cave). On the way out she inspected some rocks and other things, but the primary sign of humans was the signatures and the broken beer bottles.
Springhouse Cave (unknown name)
The beginning of the cave was a shallow creek bed about 4 feet wide and 5 feet high with smooth floors. As you progress into the cave it becomes quickly smaller and the creek bed is full of cobbles and fossils. At the first major turn in the cave there is a rimstone dam with flowstone below it. There are also a number of old (dry) formations. Just another dozen feet in you start getting into wet formations including flowstone, mini dams, soda straws, and small popcorn. This cave also had at least 4 cave salamanders that we saw. The cave was pristine inside which is surprising given its location in the city. We turned around when it became a belly crawl and it appeared to end about 15 feet after we turned around.