Down Below: An Adventure Through the Caves of WA

Photo by Ben Herndon

Photo by Ben Herndon

My best friend, adventure photographer Ben Herndon, and I recently set out on an expedition to explore and document the caves of Washington state. What began as a simple enough journey soon turned into a quest for a hidden relic that would change they way we saw our home state forever.

We set out to chart (with photo, video, and audio) six major caves in the state, The Ape Caves, The Cheese Caves, Gardner Cave, Boulder Cave, Lake Lenore Caverns, and a mysterious cave in northern Spokane. The reality of this expedition was vastly different from our expectations. Not only did we vastly underestimate the number of caves in WA we were unprepared for what we found in the forgotten steppeland of Washington.

Join us as we explore caves, camaraderie, and folklore.



Photo by Ben Herndon

More of the Ape Cave lava tube near Mt. St Helens – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Sneak peak of my cave expedition with @Ben_Herndon. At the Ape Caves in WA #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Post from RICOH THETA. – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA


Photo by Ben Herndon

Have you explored any of Washington’s Caves?

Let us know below.

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  1. Damian
    March 29, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I’m a little claustrophobic so not overly keen on caves, but I have to admit that some of these look very cool and interesting to explore.

  2. Osiris Tours
    April 15, 2016 at 6:14 am - Reply

    That is such an amazing experience to go down all those caves. It look a little scary but of course worth it.
    Thanks for sharing the interesting experience.
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  3. Larry
    July 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    That cave looks like great fun to explore … need to find one locally and discover it!
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  4. Mai Nomura
    August 2, 2016 at 12:44 am - Reply

    What an amazing experience! The photos were beautifully done!

  5. Mark
    September 4, 2016 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Some cool info! I’ve been to a few of Washington’s caves like Lake Lenore Caves near Grand Coulee Dam and Ape Cave near Mt. St. Helens. Wonderful photos!

  6. Lake Lenore Caves
    September 4, 2016 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    As you can tell, we’re pretty partial to cave explorers. Your photography really makes those destinations come alive.
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  7. Chuck
    September 13, 2016 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Think caves are really cool. Only done caves here in the states and would love to do other countries to see the difference. Am a scuba diver had have do some cavern diving which is really exciting to go into the ball rooms and watch your air bubbles dance all over the place.

  8. Trails Unblazed
    December 2, 2016 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    That looks unbelievable. Great photos!
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  9. Mark H
    December 8, 2016 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Great photos! Those caves remind me of a horror movie called The Descent (very claustrophobic setting).

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