This hike involves a 5.9 hike down a closed off paved road,then a short scramble like approach,about 1km. up a steep section to the ice cave.There is 494M of passageways, and the inside temp is a constant -5C year around.I have hiked to the cave 2 times this year already the most recent last weekend.
REQUIRED MANDATORY EQUIPMENT;
Rockclimbing helmet(no type of any other helmet including bike helmets)
Micro Spikes Only (no icers,they are for city parks and sidewalks)
Winter hiking boots with gaiters,or a high top Sorrel type boot.
Warm winter layered outer wear,including head gear and gloves or mitts.
Head lamp with spare batteries or some other backup light.you should have hiking poles,and bring your lunch,snacks water,in your backpack.Bring your runners or another type of shoe to change into after the hike along with a plastic bag.The reason for the rock helmet is because of loose rock which can break free from people ahead of you and also ice pieces falling from the cave roof and near the entrance.If thats not enough to convince you,about 15 years ago a man was killed by falling rock near the cave entrance because of no helmet.Micro spikes will come in handy decending the steep section if its packed ice.We don't need snowshoes for this hike.The trail head is at the Ings mine parking lot about 16km.past the Bragg Creek turnoff on Hiway #66.We will carpool from the LRT lot or you can drive directly to the trailhead. MEMBERS ONLY NO DOGS