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Old 02-15-2017, 05:03 PM   #1
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The Kunjamuk Cave

Anyone been there?
What are the origins??
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Old 02-15-2017, 05:19 PM   #2
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Jim,

I've been there several times. No real word on the origin.

Some people say it's erosion from the river, but it's pretty high up on a hill side.

Some people say it's man made, but I haven't been able to find any obvious blast marks, residue, drill holes/grooves.

I do know it's easy to get to off the Speculator Loop bike trail.


The opening isn't that large; maybe 4 feet tall?


The last time I was there, the inside was full of trash and burnt logs.


There's a hole in the top of the cave. Most likely made-made, but who knows?


Either way, it's a neat little diversion if you're in the Speculator area.
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Old 02-15-2017, 10:25 PM   #3
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every time we paddle on the Kunjamuk, i show people the cave, it's well worth the 1/4 mile hike from the river. as far as origin, seems hard to believe it was erosion, but equally hard to believe some one would go thru the trouble of digging it out. always been pretty clean, for being so accessible...
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Old 02-16-2017, 03:30 PM   #4
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I think that it's possible that it was made by gold prospectors.
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Old 02-17-2017, 09:53 AM   #5
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I think that it's possible that it was made by gold prospectors.
Jim
this is the story i had heard about it too. don't know if it is true, but it seems plausible.
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:10 AM   #6
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In an old NP guide by Bruce Wadsworth, he mention Goldmine Stream near Upper Benson. Apparently, people did look for gold in the ADKs, but never found substantial amounts.

It's been decades since I've been to Kunjamuk Cave, but the photos brought back memories. The shape of the opening is just the "wrong" shape to be natural. I would guess iron mining would be more online with its use. the color of the rock looks rusty.
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Old 02-19-2017, 03:54 PM   #7
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Trace amounts of iron ore are found throughout the ADk's.
The largest amounts further north. Lyon Mtn, etc.
The cave is obviously man made, probably looking for gold.
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