We had the most amazing day here. We were lucky (super, super lucky) and able to park in the Meyers Road lot, which meant we shaved 2 miles or more off of our hike.
Wear warm, layered clothes, sturdy boots and ice cleats. Bring a drink and a snack, your camera and a tripod, too.
Plan to spend at least 4 hours to walk to and from the caves, explore and photograph the ice formations. I'd suggest walking out around 1:30. The afternoon sun gets better and better. I thought he light the day we were there really looked extraordinary around 3:30 or 4:00 but there were a few sunset shooters heading out around 5:00.
I don't suggest wearing Yaktrax Walkers, I wore those and fall (hard) when climbing on some ice. When you really want to explore/climb on the ice, you need a heavier duty cleat than the Yaks.
I'd skip the walking poles because the stretch along the shore to reach the 1st cave is flat, packed snow. You don't need your poles for it. Once you get to the caves, you have to keep putting the poles down to explore the caves, nooks and crannies.
If you can, go on a week day. I thought a Thursday would be empty but no, the people there that afternoon were the crowds I expected for a weekend day. I can't imagine how it is on a Saturday! The other hikers were very polite and friendly and there is a sense of camaraderie. It's an amazing, possibly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Who knows when they will freeze again?
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