Sunday, May 19, 2024

The Usmi shelter cave in Hyvinkää

I was inspired to go here by Antti Huttunen's article in Retkipaikka. There's a forgotten, hard-to-access rocky hill and cliff area in Hyvinkää: Usminkalliot. With a cave!

Usminkalliot seems like a forgotten place, not very widely known. I did not know about it, for instance, despite visiting Hyvinkää frequently. It natural protection areas also a bit hard to reach, no easy parking nearby that I could find, and while there are some roads, the road sides have houses block access to the forests and hills beyond in some places. But you will find a way :-)

Once you get to Usminkalliot, it is a wonder of nature! It is a high hill, nice views from the top. And at the bottom there's a deep valley and a stream/rapids running at the valley bottom. The caves are reachable by walking on the east bank of the stream (there is a place for crossing though). At first I went to the top of the cliff, and getting down seemed difficult, but in the end as I continued north there was a path down towards the streams. The map and coordinates are not super helpful for finding the cave, as ar some point I was just ten meters from the cave horizontally, but thirty meters too high :-)

At the bottom of the valley one finds also some large chunks of ice, shielded by the deep shadowy walls:

Usminkallion lippaluola (the main shelter cave) is roughly 25 meters wide and up to 5 meters deep towards the cliff. The coordinates are N 60.65167928 E 24.78369635. I scanned the cave using my iPhone, and then used my "Cave Outliner" software to draw a map of it. See below for a picture of the map and a 3D model:

But a full PDF version of the map is here, and an on-screen rotatable version of the 3D model is here.

Pictures of the cave:

Here are pictures of the stream:

Here's a view from the top of the Usminkallio hill:

Antti reported that there's a possible old quarry. Maybe. Here's what I saw:

There was also a couple of tiny mini-cavelets:

Usminkallion lippakolo (tiny shelter, 1x1m): N 60.65200429 E 24.78317339. See below:

Usminkallion lipparako (shelter crack, 5x1m): N 60.65143561 E 24.78403741. See below:

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