Chicken 2 Cave

Inside the Chicken Cave, Vancouver Island, BC
Inside the Chicken Cave, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

The Chicken 2 Cave is one of the many Memekay River caves, it’s a great cave for beginners and for those who do not like crawls (a crawl is where you are crawling on your belly). It’s right off the side of the road with a fairly easy trail, this trail does drop to the entrance quite steeply though.

Cave Cricket, Chicken 2 Cave, Vancouver Island, BC
Cave Cricket, Chicken 2 Cave, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan
There are many cave crickets and cave spiders on the ceiling and walls in this cave, so many that you can feel them dropping on you from above, you have to wonder just what they eat, maybe lost cavers.

The entrance to this cave is pretty awesome, it’s a big entrance that makes one think of a King Kong movie set, quite impressive. I have gone into this cave many times and always enjoy it like the first time. There are no real hazards here and the cave is awesome.

Entrance to the Chicken 2 Cave, Vancouver Island, BC
Entrance to the Chicken 2 Cave, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

Please do not ask for directions, it’s more fun to search them out by yourself and I figure those who take the time to find them will respect them, at least I hope so.

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3 thoughts on “Chicken 2 Cave”

  1. Chicken II also has evidence of recent geological action. I’m familiar with the cave since 1975. It is evident that:
    1 The floor looks like it was once a streambed- probably the same stream that now runs by and through a big culvert under the road. No water has run into the cave entrance since 1975. The rocks get muddier every year from human traffic.
    2 Said stream once flowed hard against the ceiling. Look at the ceiling on your way in. See the carving action! Water carried on at ceiling height to the bottom of the cave, I presume on top of the glacial gravel, before it washed away. That ceiling is at about 15 feet. That’s a lot of glacial gravel from there back to the entrance. My guess is hundreds, if not a few thousand, of dumptruck loads, of Basalt boulders and glacial gravel. Where did all that gravel go?
    3 I found what appeared to be fresh Hemlock branches there at the ceiling, in the old streamway on top of what’s left of the glacial gravel infill. The gravel infill carries on for at least 60 more feet in what must be the main cave passage. The sticks are firm as if they are fresh wash-ins. They were buried in silt, in the now dry streamway, 15 feet above the big empty room at the bottom of the cave, where everybody turns around to head back out. Where did all the gravel and rock from there back to the cave entrance go? Probably into the side passage where the little side stream now goes. That is a low but wide crawlway, and I suspect there was once a HUGE room under there.
    4 Further evidence of it being a cave once filled with glacial gravel is the numerous gravel covered ledges. A few places have gravel and stones plastered on the wall. Huge boulders on the floor are indicative of violent water action that must have slammed this cave and others with glacial gravel. “Percussion” marked stones abound. That’s mostly Basalt boulders and gravel. I doubt that the nearby creek washed multi-ton boulders into the cave. Geologists have a Greek name for them, something like “Allochthnous”, which means these rocks didn’t originate here.
    5 There are a few bits of wood on the floor that, if they are dated according to conventional geological theory, should not exist. They should be powder by now! When did the water quit entering into the entrance?
    6 There must be other caves that are full of glacial gravel, that can’t be entered ’cause they are plugged! I think of Stone Sled Cave, a belly crawl in what looks like the top of an huge tunnel. But then there’s Emilia Creek Cave which has a large stream entering it. Long ago it was clean washed out! Now we have a great time exploring it. Bill W-S

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