Lee and I hiked West Glacier Trail to check out the ice caves that are melting out into the Mendenhall Glacier. Neka of course accompanied us as the ever-faithful trail dog! I have been hearing a lot about them and needed to see them in person. The caves are ever-evolving and we have not been there in about 4 years … too long!
It was a squirrely little trail through the rocky morraine and glacial silt to get to the ice itself. The silt barely covered the ice is some places and was quite slippery if you stepped wrong and exposed the ice underneath your foot!
We went the wrong direction at first and walked towards the edge of the glacier not realizing the the caves were further up in the thicker ice. This arch at the face is not long for this world, a big fissure in the weakest point and lots of water dripping off it … will probably calve off within a day.
Neka … forever a water dog and loves water in any form … liquid or solid ice!
Retrieving ice chunks in the ice cold water: