Ice Cave and Natural Bridges Trail

Trout Lake, Washington 98650

Ice Cave and Natural Bridges Trail

Ice Cave and Natural Bridges Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Two lava tubes formed by long-ago Mount Adams lava flows resulted in fascinating play areas for kids. The first, an ice cave within a collapsed lava tube, contains ice stalactites and drip ice masses that last all summer long. Kids climb around on the ice in semidarkness, calling out to one another, “This place is awesome.” The second is a pair of nearby natural bridges the family can walk over. The arched bridges are all that remain of more lava caves, whose tops have collapsed inward into a basalt basin.

The ice cave has been known and used for almost a century. At one time, before freezers, the towns of Hood River and The Dalles were supplied ice from the caves, transported on barges up and across the Columbia River. One end of the cave traps and holds moist, cold air, which settles during winter, forming into ice columns, stalactites, and pools."

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Trail Information

Trout Lake
Nearby City
0.5
Distance
Minimal
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Day hike
Duration
Year round
Season
2,900 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,900 feet
Top Elevation
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 388 Willard; USFS Gifford Pinchot
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018