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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-17-2011, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Are the caves still accesible? I had heard they were going to block them off after an accident a few years ago. Can you still make it down the road to the parking lot just below them?
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That road has been gated ~ 500 meters? from hwy 66 for years. Anytime I've checked that gate has always been locked. Heard of people biking to the area below the ice caves and then hiking up.
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They have been taken off the Gem Trek maps and I think the 'powers that be' would rather they be forgotten about. The area that used to have a parking area, toilets etc was decomisioned and last time I was out there that general area was a drilling site. But the road was in good shape, just gated and controlled by the Shell or whoever is drilling in there.
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Haven't been there in around 5 years. The road was gated at the time but it was a 40 minute bicycle ride to the base of the trail which led you to the mouth of the cave.

Never heard about the accident. Any details?
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i went there last march, the road was in good shape for a bike. The trail is still marked.
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They didn't close them or anything - just made them more difficult to access to weed out a little of the drunken idiot crowd. The gate has been there for a good while now.
It's 6km up the access road - a short bike ride, or 1-1.5 hours on foot, then the usual scramble up to the caves.
You're too late for this year though. Best time to see is in February-April, year depending (if you want to see the ice). The plug is there all year. The big column is there all spring and melts over the summer. The ice stalagmites and such are gone by May/June.
So if you really want to see it looking good, get there early in the year.

BTW - nice photo in the new KCTG, Sodbuster!
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BTW - nice photo in the new KCTG, Sodbuster!
Thanks, I haven't seen the book yet and it was so long ago I forgot what photos I sent them.
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I managed to nab a copy a couple weeks ago, and was having a read when I noticed a very familiar photo.
It's this photo on page 68.
It jumped out at me as recognisable from the trip (as well as containing my husband..) - I didn't happen to notice if there might be others of your scattered through as well.
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I managed to nab a copy a couple weeks ago, and was having a read when I noticed a very familiar photo.
It's this photo on page 68.
It jumped out at me as recognisable from the trip (as well as containing my husband..) - I didn't happen to notice if there might be others of your scattered through as well.
Husband?! Congrats Rachel!
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