Yesterday was the Clear Creek Metro Park Metro Five-0 hike to the ice cave. It is a really popular hike: 51 people tried to sign up for 30 slots.
The only thing missing was the ice (mostly).
At the end of December and early January, we’d accumulated a foot of snow, but then a warm and rainy spell melted it all. However, the past week we’ve had really cold nights, and the location of the ice cave doesn’t get much sun, so we had hopes of at least some ice.
There was a bit, but not like there was two years ago, as in this picture I took then.
But it was still a great hike, with the temperature starting just above freezing.
Here’s most of the group at Starner House before the hike.
It started with a climb up what used to be an old township road, now just a fairly narrow path.
Once we got to the top, we more or less headed back down, all the way to Clear Creek. Just before the ice cave, here we are looking up at some of the rocks.
Then we went in to the ice cave. Fortunately, my footwear (none) was completely waterproof.
I climbed up and took this shot down into the cave.
And here is Marcey, the Clear Creek Naturalist who led the hike.
There was a fair bit of water heading over the falls. Here’s one portion of it.
And here’s the upper falls.
Once I got up high, I took a few shots looking down and downstream. Here’s the overhang of the ice cave. The people give you a feel for the size of it.
And looking even farther out, where it opens up right onto Clear Creek.
As always, a fun hike. Also, as always, I got a few questions about how long it took to be able to hike barefoot like this (while I’ve been doing this for about 16 years, it takes about 6 months of working on it to be able to handle most stuff). I also had a fair bit of interest in my maps of the area, which can be seen here.
[You can click on most of the pictures for larger versions.]