Been there many times. It is quite an interesting place to visit. Easy to find.
Charlott on 1st July 2015 @ 7:01am
I think Hood River used to export ice from this cave for commercial purposes.
There are also history markers in this area describing George McClellan's railroad survey trip in 1852, searching for an east/west route through the Cascades.
And the Natural Bridges, which is a collapsed lava tube are close by.
L.E. on 1st July 2015 @ 8:16am
Numerous caves show on the topo map SW of Trout lake, I did not know there were so many. Looks like this summer will be busy for me IF the weather cools down.
Kenn on 1st July 2015 @ 3:06pm
LE or Arthur, is the RR survey mentioned above the extension of the present RR from Vancouver to Amboy that planned to get to Yakima?
Kenn on 1st July 2015 @ 3:42pm
Yes, there is more than one cave, and I'm not sure this is the actual ice cave that visitors to Gifford Pinchot can visit.
Scott Cook might be able to identify it.
Today's trees are much bigger.
As for cooling down in this hot weather, the ice cave is great.
Trout Lake has some caves for storing cheese.
Kenn, here is a link for reading about the search for a railroad route.
Congress allotted money for six expeditions to find a railroad route from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.
As a kid, I spent time camping in the Lewis River country and I always thought it was a bit spooky. McClellan left Fort Vancouver, traveled northeast through the Plains, to the Lewis River country, where he immediately ran out of feed for his horses. He wasn't fond of the country either.
Notice in the article, the mention of the air full of smoke from numerous forest fires.
L.E. on 1st July 2015 @ 5:41pm
LE, thx for the shout. I think this is probably one of the Natural Bridges near the actual Ice Cave, as it seems to me you can see trees growing behind and "under" the arch.
Kenn: let's go!
Scott Cook on 3rd July 2015 @ 11:07am