The Malheur Cave is easily the creepiest cave in Oregon

In 1938 two members of the lodge, Ulysses S. Hackney and Charles W. Loggan, came up with the idea of holding an outdoor stated meeting in the Malheur Cave 52 miles east of Burns. They devised a plan to use the Malheur Cave for an outdoor meeting of Masons in Oregon. Their idea was well received, and the first official outdoor meeting of Masons in the Western United States was held at the Malheur Cave at a stated meeting, under Special Dispensation, at 8:00 pm, October 1st, 1938.


On our recent road trip which we traveled almost 1000 miles deep into southeast Oregon in May of 2016, there was one particular cave a local had told us about that definitely piqued our interest. After Danielle and I heard about the Malheur cave, which was visibly owned by the Freemasons, well… There was no way we could pass up exploring this place.

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The cave itself is a large lava tube cave, and you will find this mysterious place 17 miles east of Crane Hot Springs, 52 miles east of Burns, Oregon. The 3,000 foot long cave is owned by Robert Burns Masonic Lodge No. 97, and sits on the private property of Tree Top Ranches, off an unmarked gravel road. I had no idea while visiting this cave an underground lake fills the lower end of the cave, with water sometime rising within 1,000 feet of the entrance.

Unfortunately, we weren’t too prepared as we had only one flashlight with weak batteries, resulting in a very dim light which didn’t allow us to venture too deep into the cave.



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This video which apparently is the first of a series of videos, you can watch this guy go in and explore himself. Around 2:09 the cave gets wide briefly, almost like it has a side tube. At 4:07 you will notice the bleachers, about 500 feet into the cave are fisible. The one part that really tripped me out the most in this cave was the fact that it had electricity readily available, as you will see the electrical conduit on the ceiling around 4:50.

You will also notice the concrete slab on the floor, past the bleachers around 5:33 into the video. What the hell are they doing with that? I have no idea, but some will speculate they are doing some sort of weird sacrifice when they gather here. Mason rituals have always been shrouded in secrecy, but over the decades many have written these rituals include the worship of Lucifer, and are actually satanic ceremonies. Here’s a video published in 2010, apparently in Turkey which shows initiations of new members and vows of secrecy where they drink blood, and sacrifice an animal while worshiping the devil.

The same person who uploaded this video later released it again in 2012, but with subtitles in English for those of us who don’t understand Turkish.


The Malheur Cave Event according to sources say is held at least once a year, and Masons from the many states that are represented, as well as countries gather here.

Here’s where it gets really weird. Go to Google and search Malheur Cave, you will find dozens of links and videos throughout YouTube suggesting all sorts of conspiracies tying the cave to the situation in Burns, Oregon where armed men took over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in protest of federal over-reach. In one article I read at, the author suggested the day before Robert LaVoy Finicum was killed the masons were gathered in this cave the day before:

Interestingly the Robert Burns ritual took place on January 25, just a day before the group had a run in with the feds and suffered the death of Finicum. This lodge would have most definitely held a ritual on that night as their lodge named in tribute to the Scottish Masonic poet.

The article goes on to read a satanic ritual was going on, known as the Grand Climax, which starts January 21st and ends January 27th:

This ritual requires initiates of these diabolical societies to offer a blood sacrifice. It is no coincidence that Finicum got murdered on January 26th, one day before the end of the Grand Climax and the day after the Robert Burns ritual. Both of these Satanic holidays can be seen in this 2016 calendar.

Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, who died in the shootout.

Were Freemasons really here the day before? I honestly have no idea, nor do I have the time to research more into this, although nonetheless it makes for an interesting read. The following photos we took show the bleachers which could easily hold 200 people or more:

Bleachers line the walls inside Malheur cave
Bleachers line the walls about 500 feet inside Malheur cave


No one truly knows when this cave was discovered, but evidence suggests it was used by local indians, early settlers and many others. We saw for ourselves obsidian chippings, campfire soot stains on the walls which were abundant here.

That’s not all, these stories on the Internet get pretty wild. Many speculate this map supposedly produced in 1978, author unknown, connect the Malheur Cave to complete tunnel systems throughout the U.S. These “inner-earth” entrances coincide with not only the Malheur lava tube cave at the center of the militia standoff, but with other caves owned by Freemasons and antional parks throughout the United States.



It’s said the Native Americans believed these caves were passageways to the underworld. The Nazis had what they believed was evidence to an entrance to “Hollow Earth”. This article titled ” “The Hollow Earth maps of the Third Reich: There is an entrance to the Hollow Earth,” points out the following:

The Babylonian hero Gilgamesh visited his ancestor Utnapishtim in the bowels of the earth; in Greek mythology, Orpheus tries to rescue Eurydice from the underground hell; it was said that the Pharaohs of Egypt communicated with the underworld, which could be accessed via secret tunnels hidden in the pyramids; and Buddhists believed (and still believe) that millions of people live in Agharta, an underground paradise ruled by the king of the world.

The Masonic Grand Lodge of Arizona meeting in the cave in the mine of the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Co. at Bisbee, Arizona, Nov. 12th 1897 / A. Miller.

Another cave in Kentucky called the “Mammoth Cave,” is considered to be the largest cave system in the world, and is associated with… You guessed it, Masonic lodges. “The Mammoth Cave MM degree, was performed frequently by the lodge in Edmonson county KY, back in the 1970’s. There were some problems with the National Park Service, which administers the cave, and the degree has not been performed there for some years.”

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16 years ago, In 2000 a special team made a total of five trips to Malheur Cave, with the objectives of exploring the underwater portion of the cave and making a documentary film about that exploration. Each trip consisted of 3 to 4 days of actually living in the cave while the project was underway. You can see many more photos here at

Upon Googling The Malheur Lava Project it seems I really can’t find a lot of information on their dive, other than the article at, and this PDF highlighting their trip to the cave. The article points out another interesting fact, that they had discovered a new species that exists nowhere else in the world but in this cave – an amphipod, distant relative of crabs and shrimp. The article ends with Please check back – the actual details of this project are currently CLASSIFIED. 

Poking around more on the Internet, I came across this photo, which I found interesting for the fact the masonic symbol on the front of the cave has obviously been upgraded since this much older photo:

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Are Freemasons obsessed with caves? Maybe a bit. Is it just a good ol’ boy club for a bunch of old farts to sit around, barbecue ribs and enjoy themselves? Probably. Or maybe they really are worshiping the devil, sacrificing animals and they totally are behind the killing of LaVoy, and this was an elaborate plan by the Illuminati to make an example of anyone who resists the federal government.

According to the Internet, that’s exactly what happened here. Personally I have no idea, but I can say this cave was pretty damn creepy.

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To read more about the cave and the gathering, you can follow up at Robert Burns Masonic Lodge No. 97 homepage, where you will find the Indian Legend of Malheur Cave. Also a huge thanks to Danielle, thePDXphotographer for contributing such amazing photos along this trip! Check out her Facebook here.

From Burns, drive east/southeast on HW78 for about 65 miles. On the left will be Malheur Cave Road. Take this road north for about 5 miles, the cave will be on the left side of the road.

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  • Steve mclaughlin

    Totally headed there this weekend! Will post pics, thanks Tyler for the trip and the articles/ pics. Interesting. Do you need permission from the landowner to visit cave?

  • scoute4

    if it’s on private property, don’t you need permission to go in

  • Justin Fleming

    I really could have done without the fallacy of linking satanism, and blood sacrifice to the Freemasons, since its completely unfounded without proof.

  • Steven Marcarelli

    Let me make something perfectly clear. The Malheur Cave is the private property of the Robert Burns Masonic Lodge of Burns Oregon. If you are not a Freemason and a member of that Lodge you will be committing the crime of Trespassing if you go on that property and in that cave without their express permission. Furthermore to access the property of the cave you must cross over the property line of the Treetop Ranch and again committing the crime of Trespass on the Ranch property. As for all the wild ideas about sacrifices and so forth; that is the wild imagination of those who do not know any better.

    • Andi Harmon

      Agreed — private property. The only ones who have unlimited access to the cave besides the lodge are the local Paiute tribe.