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NMU Rock & Mineral Club Trek to Eben Ice Caves
Story and Photos by Rebecca Simmons, NMU Rock and Mineral Club
Friday, April 4, 2008

Eben, Michigan--The NMU Rock & Mineral Club made their annual trip to the “Eben Ice Caves” on Friday, March 28, 2008.  They were greeted with a gorgeous day full of blue skies, sunshine, and big fluffy clouds.  With temperatures in the thirties, conditions were perfect for viewing the ice caves, and Mother Nature did not disappoint.


The start of the walk to Eben Ice Caves


Most of the walk is on flat ground,
but a few spots are a little tricky!

After walking for about twenty minutes on a hard-packed snow trail, the club members crested a small unsuspecting hill on the trail only to be stunned by the beautiful gem before them.  The ice is very dense this year, with huge towering columns of shining ice crystals spanning across the entire cliff face.  It is a truly magnificent sight and well worth the hike.


Looking up at one of the ice columns


The view behind the ice

If you plan to make a trip to the “Eben Ice Caves” this year, go soon!  As the weather warms, the ice will slowly disappear and be only a lasting memory, until next year when nature allows us another unique display of splendor!

Take U.S. 41 South through Skandia, then head East on M-94 towards Chatham.  Turn left (North) at the Blue Moon Bar in Eben.  Follow the road, until the dead end.  Park there and follow the footpath across the field and into the woods.  Suggestions: snowshoes are not needed, unless there is fresh snow; shoe studs are very helpful for this walk; don’t forget the camera!

 


Walking back across the field after a great hike!

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