A hike that leads to an underground cave with ice coated walls in Maine? In August? My daughter, sister & I were intrigued.
The Debsconeag Ice Cave is a difficult hike through a forest trail strewn with large boulders. My daughter didn’t find it difficult. I on the other hand am not in shape and climbing over logs and boulders was difficult for me. Fortunately, the hike to the ice cave is only 3 miles round trip.
The trail is clearly marked. Follow the blue blazes until you reach the signpost directing the cave is down a steep descent on the left.
At the entrance to the ice cave switch on your flashlight and climb down the rungs. Depending on the time of the year you may need a sweatshirt inside. At it was August, we certainly did not bring any sweatshirts to wear over our t-shirts. Truthfully, we were a bit disappointed with the amount of ice in the cave. We expected more. Perhaps we should have gone in Spring or early Summer.
Overall, it was a fun hike on a gorgeous day and we did enjoy our adventure to the ice cave.
Photos and Models Courtesy of Cilla Daugherty, Sarah Vigue & Vicki Page