Eben Ice Caves, MI
While on a layover in Escanaba, one of the airport operations people told me about this ice cave about an hour north of Escanaba. Needless to say I was very intrigued! So I googled around a bit and found out its quite a popular attraction in the Upper Peninsula. The “cave” is actually a product of melting snow slowly freezing over a small dropoff. Dont worry, its not as small as it sounds. Getting there is easy, just type Eben Ice Caves in Google maps or Apple maps and it will take you right to the parking lot. The parking lot is actually on someones land, and they have been gracious in providing portable toilets in the parking area. The walk in is pretty easy, however there are some icy spots. Ice cleats are definitely advised!
When you are almost there you can either go up or down at a split in the trail. Id advise taking the lower route. You’ll walk through a much more gradual uphill path and then right up to the base of the ice formation.
The reason for the ice cleats! Without them, walking inside the ice cave would be… irresponsible. Even with them on its pretty slick.
When I went it was in between Christmas and New Years, so it was pretty crowded. However I still managed some stark images with a little patience.
The ice formations were in pretty good shape, however there were some kids going through knocking things off.
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