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At Chatham, Michigan take 94 to Hwy 365 aka Eben Rd to 388 Frey Rd follow the signs. An easy day trip from Escanaba, Gladstone, Manistique or Nahma. This is another great Michigan back roads day trip.


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Eben Ice Caves

The Eben Ice caves are part of the 4,000 plus acre Rock River Wilderness area of the Hiawatha National Forest. The ice caves are high above the river.


Eben Ice Caves

This is a fairly rough hike and the last half mile can be treacherous.  The trail is steep in places and can be very icy.  Every year people are injured on this trail.  In recent years, the caves have become so well known that weekend visits involve dozens of groups making their way to the ice caves.  Still it is well worth it if you are careful.

The first part is easy going, across a field and into the forest on a gently sloping path.  Then, into the gorge on a narrow, steep and icy trail.  Spikes come in handy and falls happen all the time.  Then along the river and another very steep climb up to the ice caves.  Falls happen all the time. 

Of course, now you have to hike back out of there, mostly uphill. That field you cross from the parking area to get to the forest can have very high winds and this whole getaway is based on ice, dress accordingly.