Bandera Volcano and The Ice Cave.

The Bandera Crater erupted around 10,000 years ago and after the eruption, the lava suddenly fell back down the main vent making the bottom of the cone deeper than the outside lava flow. The crater that remains is nearly 1200 feet wide at the top and roughly 750 feet deep.

The Ice Cave is located in part of a 17 mile long collapsed lava tube where the temperature never rises above 31 F. The natural layers of perpetual ice glisten blue-green in the reflected rays of sunlight. They say that the floor of the ice is approximately 20 feet thick and that the deepest ice dates back to 1100 BC
IMG 0993  The trail leads to the top of the Bandera Volcano which is 800 feet deep and 1400 feet wide. IMG 0987 IMG 0988  The trail leads to the top of the Bandera Volcano which is 800 feet deep and 1400 feet wide. IMG 1007 IMG 1014  View South of the Bandera Volcano where half a dozen Valcanos are in view. IMG 1015  A view South from the top of the Banders Valcano with other Valcano's in view.
IMG 0997  Marie Shaffner at the trail end and top of the Bandera Valcano. IMG 1024  View of a lava flow on the way to the Ice Caves. IMG 1027  Trail to the Ice Caves passing twisted Junipers, Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine. IMG 1026  Trail to the Ice Caves passing twisted Junipers, Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine. IMG 1038  Marie descending the steps into the Ice Cave. IMG 1037  Marie descending the steps into the Ice Cave.
IMG 1045  The ice at the bottom of the cave shimmers green from Algae that grows in it. IMG 1042  The ice at the bottom of the cave shimmers green from Algae that grows in it. IMG 1036 IMG 1047 IMG 1049 IMG 1055
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