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 Ice Caves - Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area, Maine 
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 Ice Caves - Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area, Maine
The second adventure that we headed out on while on our Maine vacation was a quick hike to a cool place…an ice cave. If you are going to be in the area for any reason and are looking for a hike that won’t take long, then consider the ice cave in the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area, located to the south of Baxter State Park. It is easy to get to off Hurd Pond Road and has parking for quite a few vehicles.
There are 3 points of interest on the hike the Look Out, the 1st Desconeag Lake and the ice caves themselves. The hike itself is interesting too as you walk through the large granite boulders left behind from the last ice age. The trail is blazed in blue and is easy to moderate depending on the age of your family members. A short 1.1 mile hike brings you to the Lookout with a nice view of Mount Katahdin and a view of the lake and surrounding area.
Next we walked to the lake. It is possible to get to the ice caves from the lake too. They even have a sign on the tree showing where to get out. There is no dock so you would need rope to tie off the boat. On our way back from the lake was a large slanted boulder that loosely resembled a whale when we first saw it. It became our protection from a quick hitting rain storm that was passing through.
Finally we got to the main event, the ice caves, and they were a welcome relief as all the rain storm did after passing was make it more humid. There are a lot of caves in this area, but most are taped off for the protection of the vegetation. There is one that welcomes visitors though. Complete with hand rails and metal rungs to assist you in getting in to the cave. The rungs were full of condensation, so they did require care to descend. Once down inside the cave, everything was wet and yes there was still ice in it during mid-August. The nice thing was it had to be at least 25 degrees cooler in the cave than outside. When we left the cave, it took forever for my glasses to clear up. Historians believe that hunters used to keep their fish and meat in the cave while they were out on their hunts. I can see why they would. The other great thing about being down there was there weren’t any bugs!
We explored all the areas of the cave and squeezed in to a few of the smaller areas just because that is what we do. LOL Overall it was a great way to explore, but if you go be sure to bring a headlamp or flashlight, because it gets very dark the further in you go. You might want to consider stabilizers for your feet if you plan a trip any early than mid-summer. I imagine that it can get pretty slick down there before the ice starts to melt.

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That really looks like flurries in there! Your Katadhin climb would have been your last video had an earthquake or tremor started :shock: :shock: :shock: .

The figures on the slab made me think of shepherds or wise men in a Nativity scene.

How long would it take to get to this place from the Merrimack valley?

Oh yeah, good choice of music, too (Spencer, did you recommend this?).


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Beckie and Prema wrote:
That really looks like flurries in there! Your Katadhin climb would have been your last video had an earthquake or tremor started :shock: :shock: :shock: .

The figures on the slab made me think of shepherds or wise men in a Nativity scene.

How long would it take to get to this place from the Merrimack valley?

Oh yeah, good choice of music, too (Spencer, did you recommend this?).


It would have depended on when the quake hit. LOL

We like your thoughts as to who the figures might be.

It's about 4hours and 45 minutes from you. When you stayed at the Abol Campground, the caves were maybe 4 miles from there.

The music just seemed to fit. Spencer and I use the same website for music enhancement. :)

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