Fissure

Ice Cave Mountain

Here is a mountain that appears to be falling apart. A chasm runs along it's southwest end. Huge boulders are standing precariously on cliff edges. More fractures can be seen walking along the top of the mountian. Inside the large fissure small caves can be seen. The camera dosen't do justice on how deep this really is. In the second picture I try to show the bottom, but there are more openings that lead further down. It's kind of frightening really. It's supposed to have ice, but I reached it too late in the summer. A bushwhacking trail continues further along the edge. Supposedly there are cliffs. Canachagala Mountain could be seen. So much to explore There. And people say they're board living in the valley.

Everywhere I go, people my age say there board. They don't know how to adapt and have fun. Just Herkimer County alone has it's many hidden places to see. It even has a couple fire towers deep in the wilderness and I don't mean Bald and Kane. I take my friends to some of these places and there shocked they exist. Don't worry I'm not a partier. I don't go out leaving broken bottles and grafiety all over. That's why we lost the Dairy Hill Tower. I actually respect these places.

The mountain is located in northern Herkimer County. On a map look between the Fulton Chain and were the West Canada crosses the county. The West Canada crosses from Hinckley to Fort Noble Mountain along Route 8. A cluster of lakes exist to the north. Examples: Woodhull Lake, South Lake, Bisby Lakes, Honnedaga Lake. Ice Cave Mountain is on the northeast end of North Lake. Look for the lonely hamlet Atwell. The Black River comes together there.

There is a lot of detail involved on how to get there. This hike is deep in the bonnies. If you go, get a good topo map with trails, be responsible, don't fall in, and tell someone where your going. In general get to the Buffalo Head Restaurant near Forestport. Take North Lake Rd. for atleast 15 miles to North Lake. Turn left for an extremely rough road on the west shore of North Lake. My youtube video "Herkimer County-Atwell" will show where it is. Its just before the first dam. Drive up five miles through a couple gates to the end. At the end a trail continues. Walk up the trail for a mile to a large stream. A pile of rocks will spell Ice on the ground. They point to the mountain trail if there still there.

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Mark LaVere says ... on Monday, Aug 13 at 10:19 AM

We nvr fnd the Ice Caves. We prkd at the end of North Lake Rd. We wlkd up the newly built logging rd. At end of the logging rd was a trail into the woods marked by red ribbons. We followed that trail until we ran out of trail and markers. Help?

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Mark LaVere says ... on Monday, Aug 13 at 10:20 AM

When coming back out of the woods and onto the logging road, we found a trail to the left marked by orange ribbons. Should we have followed that trail?

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Anon says ... on Tuesday, Aug 14 at 2:36 PM

Good god man. Work on your spelling and grammar.

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Michele says ... on Thursday, Sep 13 at 3:41 AM

My sister and I also took many trails marked with ribbons off the new logging road that led to woods. The ice cave trail is no longer spelled out in stones. At the end of logging road, approx. 1 mile, take trail on the left along small stream.

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msteere says ... on Sunday, Sep 23 at 6:31 PM

It's been two years since I explored the area. I will do my best to remember. The logging road follows the west shore of the lake then turns east to north east at the northern end. There are many deceptive branches of logging roads.

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msteere says ... on Sunday, Sep 23 at 6:37 PM

At the northern end were the road turns east a logging road proceeds straight. Do not go up that! Turn right which is east along the northern end of the lake. you will proceed up and down some hills while crossing ice cave creek. Keep going.

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msteere says ... on Sunday, Sep 23 at 6:41 PM

You will know you reached the trail head. The road ends at two gates with a huge open clearing on the right. There is a register. You must take the left gate. Walk about one mile up the trail to a stream. The herd path will be on the left at stream

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msteere says ... on Sunday, Sep 23 at 6:47 PM

The herd path climbs the mountain in steps which are steep. This hike is brief though. Once the ridge is gained, follow a herd path over the top and toward the left, you should come across the fissures this way.

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brandon says ... on Thursday, Mar 27 at 9:32 PM

could you possibly take a screen shot of a topo map and mark the approximate location of where the caves/fissures are? I was up there once a few years back and we did some serious bushwacking trying to find this place, but we never did.

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brandon says ... on Thursday, Mar 27 at 9:33 PM

we followed icy cave creek upstream for about 2 miles but i felt like we had a another mile to go before we got to any steep/mountain terrain

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