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We were excited that U.S. Interior Sec. Ken Salazar announced that Ice Mountain was designated a national natural landmark. http://sundaygazettemail.com/News/201205180166
If interested, you can stay connected with Ice Mt. Ice Mountain has a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/115297998480542/?fref=ts.
Also, you might let us know if you might be interested in helping on work days at the preserve. There is usually one or more days a year when volunteers pull invasives and do trail maintenance. Also let us know if you might consider becoming a docent (a guide). Docent training is a one day thing, then you are welcome to visit the preserve whenever you like.
Ice Mt. has had ice through the middle of June. (The old timers used the ice to make ice cream and lemonade for Sunday School picnics on the 4th of July!) Ice Mountain is a Nature Conservancy preserve ( www.nature.org ). Ice Mountain has been featured in AAA and National Geographic Travel magazines.
Terry Lynn and Dr. Steve Kite joined Emily Corio on Ice Mt for a WV PBS segment on “Outlook.” You can hear the radio verson at:
Or check out a 10 min. video version on Youtube, Ice Mt. PBS
There is no charge for the hike.
We usually need a couple weeks notice so we can coordinate with a couple other docents that might like to lead the hike.
You can call if you prefer:304-496-7359.
No dogs please. Rare plants border the narrow trail.
Restrooms: You are welcome to use the outhouse behind the Old Inn. If you prefer the flush variety, you might want to stop at the store in Capon Bridge or Slanesville. (Maybe pick up a cold drink or candy bar.)
Hike description: A short trail takes you across 3 private properties to the Preserve’s trail. Here you are halfway up Ice Mt. You can take a mile roundtrip hike down to the cold vents, and/or you can hike a mile roundtrip to the scenic overlook. The trail is moderately difficult. The roughest of guess-timates might be 2 hours to see both. It’s always good to wear comfortable shoes and bring drinking water.
Number in your group:? Groups usually are 15 or less.
When: Usually we arrange hikes 10 AM on a Saturday. You would probably meet your docent at the Old Inn, North River Mills.
We don’t live at Ice Mt., and docents must travel to get there, so please let your docent know if you are delayed.
Old Inn number: 496-9836. No one lives there, but the docent might be there near tour time.
Historic Hampshire has photos posted:
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