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!
What are the Eben Ice Caves?
The Eben Ice caves are one of Michigan’s majestic winter attractions and a must see for locals and tourists alike. When the temperatures start to drop the, caves begin their transformation and start shaping into dramatic formations.
Where are the Eben Ice Caves?
The Eben Ice Caves are located in Eben about 30 minutes outside of Marquette. The ice caves are apart of the Hiawatha National Forest
Where is the trailhead for the Eben Ice Caves?
Luckily, the trail head is very easy to find for the ice caves. Upon arrival to the parking lot there is a giant sign that directs you exactly where to go to ensure you won’t get lost.
How difficult is it too hike to these caves?
The hike to the caves isn’t too strenuous. This isn’t park your car and walk 20 seconds to the viewpoint easy, but as a whole, easy. The majority of the trail is flat and eventually starts to slope down and then a short moderate incline to the base of the cave. The hike will take about 25 minutes both ways depending on your pace and is about 2 miles round trip.
Is the trail marked and easy to follow?
Depending on time of day and snowfall, you can easily get lost. We went late in the day and had the advantage of others peoples tracks and guidance but still missed the “correct” path to the caves. Luckily the paths are all pretty close and if you do miss them you won’t be drastically lost. When you hit the river just know that you need to be looking for the trail up just a few minutes after.
How much does it cost to get in?
Admission and parking is free!
What do I need to bring with me?
You definitely should bring some type of ice cleats for your boots. We saw countless folks who were just using boots with no type of clamps and they were struggling to stay on their feet. If you’re going to go inside the caves (as EVERYONE SHOULD) these clamps are worth their weight in gold.
Are there bathrooms or food available here?
YES! There are a plethora of porta potties at your disposal. There is also a camper that sells food and drinks right in the parking lot. If you don’t want those, there is a popular watering hole just down the road called, The New Moon Bar, that caters to visitors.
The Eben Ice Caves are now of my favorite destinations in Michigan during the winter. The formations, proximity to home, surrounding scenery and ease of access makes this a must stop spot. If you haven’t been yet, make sure to go this winter or at your earliest convenience.
Looking for more winter activities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula? Here are some Marquette Winter Events that you don’t want to miss this 2020. Do you have a favorite winter destination or event that I haven’t touched on? Drop a comment so i know that i’m not letting a gem slip through the cracks!
Need accommodation when visiting the area? Check out one of these spots to make sure you have a home base when exploring the beauty of the region. If you haven’t booked for some of these major weekends yet, you need to get the ball rolling as hotels sell out quick.
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