Ice Cave of Mt. Hood
Witness the grandeur of an ice cave up close and personal. This cave, spanning some 50 ft in diameter at some locations, exposes itself in summer on Mt. Hood. It’s at the headwater of the Sandy. Once past Mc Neil Point, we head off trail for another 1.5 miles to the opening of the cave. Those with helmet, headlamp and courage are welcome to explore this unique treasure of Mt Hood’s Sandy Glacier, traveling up to a half mile inside this ice cave.
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DIFFICULTY RATING: (Strenuous=1000 ft climbed/hour) Rated very difficult-this hike is for experienced off trail hikers only.
TOTAL MILES: 10 miles
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 8 hours hiking, 4 hours car travel
Start time: 7:30 Am
ELEVATION GAIN: 3800 ft
APPROXIMATE RETURN TIME: 7:30 pm
PERMITS: Northwest Forest Pass,
$$$: Bring money if you want to join us for food/libations afterward
Suggested donation for outing: $2.00 for members, $3.00 for non members.
CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 160; we suggest a mileage donation of 25 cents/mile/vehicle (split by the number of people in the vehicle.) Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. –
Note-this is a carbon neutral outing, $.25/person from outings donation is used to offset carbon released for the trip
This event fills up quickly.
Suggested donation: $2 for Sierra, Trails Club, or Mazama members, $ 4 for non-members--a portion of which goes to offset carbon emissions from drive.
Leader: David Burdick
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
• Two forms of lights (headlamp and flashlight)
• Hiking poles (mandatory-needed for off trail and snow fields)
• Rain pants and jacket
• Water (min 2 quarts/person)
• Lunch and snacks
• Water resistant hiking boots/shoes
• Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary
• $$ for gas and food afterward