With narrow walkways, low ceilings and an ocassional tight squeeze requiring successful limbo-type moves, a visit to Oregon Caves National Monument is not for the claustrophobic or for those unable to manage a strenuous climb. There’s stairs – A LOT of stairs (500+) – and though the underground jaunt is a mere 1/2 mile or so, tours are a good 90 minutes in length. Come prepared with a jacket, as the temperature in the cave hovers around 44 degrees year-round, and leave your flashlights behind as the caves are lit. Guides will also encourage you to leave your backpack and bags behind as space is seriously tight and they are sticklers about not touching the cave wall. Also know that tours are seasonal, so if you haven’t been yet this year, make plans to hit it before Thanksgiving.
- Oregon Adventurist: BE