Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a dream during the summer and when winter comes through, a winter wonderland. With so many activities to choose from, you might suffer from decision fatigue on deciding what activity to pursue. If you’re lucky enough to be in the UP during the winter, make sure to include the Eben Ice Caves on your must stop spots!
Eben Ice Caves Overview:
- What are the Eben Ice Caves
- Where are they?
- Where is the trailhead?
- How difficult is the hike?
- What to Bring
What are the Eben Ice Caves?
The Eben Ice caves are one of Michigan’s top winter attractions that should be experienced by all Winter visitors. When the temperatures start to drop the, the formation of majestic ice caves begin.
Where are the Eben Ice Caves?
The Eben Ice Caves are located in Eben, Michigan, about 30 minutes south east of Marquette. The ice caves are apart of the Hiawatha National Forest and are a must visit spot during winter. Here are the Directions from Marquette to the Ice Caves:
- Follow Highway 41 S out of town until you hit M-94 E to Skandia
- Follow M-94 E for 12 miles and make a left onto Eben Rd
- Follow Eben Rd for 1.5 miles and turn right onto Frey Rd
Where is the trailhead for the Eben Ice Caves?
The Eben Ice Caves trailhead starts adjacent to the parking lot. There is a giant sign that you can’t miss that will lead you right onto the trail.
The Hike – Length, Time , Difficulty
The hike to the caves is moderate. The beginning part of the trail is flat through open farm fields and eventually slopes down as you meander through a gorgeous forest of sprawling trees. You will eventually find your way to a river that isn’t clearly marked but stay right. Once you see a trail shortly after follow it up to the caves. The climb is somewhat steep but nothing drastic.
The hardest part of the hike is finding the right path up to the caves. Although it’s not very challenging, you can easily get of track if there’s snowfall or no prior footprints up the path. Luckily the paths are all pretty close and if you do miss them you won’t be lost long.
The hike should take you about 25 minutes each way and is around 2 miles roundtrip.
What do I need to bring with me?
You definitely should bring some type of winter traction device for your boots. Whether it be yaktrax, crampons, or micro spikes, you will be glad you brought them. If you’re going to go inside the caves (as EVERYONE SHOULD) you will need them to enjoy and not slip on your face.
Eben Ice Caves Area Info
- Bathrooms are available at the Eben Ice Caves! They consist of a line of Porta Potties in the parking lot.
- Food is available in a camper that sells food and drinks to those who are in need of a winter warmup.
- The parking lot will get busy and has overflow parking on the road you came in on.
- The New Moon Bar is just down the road and is a popular watering hole for visitors to the area.
Upper Peninsula Winter Attractions
The Eben Ice Caves are now on of my favorite destinations in Michigan during the winter. Only being 30 minutes from Marquette, make this Upper Peninsula tourist destination an easy Michigan Day trip. Need some other ideas for winter activities in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan?
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