Gifford Pinchot National Forest. WA.
May 24, 2015
The Trout Lake Ice Cave is really a lava tube formed from a pahoehoe basaltic lava flow dating possibly as far back as to the late Pleistocene era. Originally known to pioneers as the Guler Ice Cave, it supplied ice for the towns of Hood River and The Dalles. Mostly for the taverns I am sure. A sign declares it has been known about for almost a hundred years but I am a pretty sure the local indigenous tribes knew about it way longer than a hundred years ago as they were the ones who originally showed the pioneers the cave along with how to find and access it. Today, for better or worse, you can drive right up to the entrance.
|View out from inside the main cave. There are other smaller caves which a few of them can actually be accessed from each other if you climb through the right spots.|
|Back home in Portland.|
Despite there not being much ice it was really just a pit stop on a loop drive on dirt roads. On an extremely pothole ridden dirt road around the Big Lava Flow a young barred owl almost flew into the car through the driver's side window. Although I quickly got out and visually followed it to its new perch deeper in the woods, it did not sit long enough to take a crappy cellphone picture through binoculars.