Field Trip and Hike at Ice Mountain Preserve

  • Saturday, August 01, 2015
  • 10:00 AM
  • Near Slanesville, in Hampshire County WV
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What: Field Trip and Hike at Ice Mountain Preserve

Where: Ice Mountain Preserve near Slanesville in Hampshire County, WV

When: Saturday, August 1, 2015

Time: Hike begins at 10:00 AM to approx. 1:00 PM

Cost: Free

Hiking Guides: Docent lead

PVAS Host: Debbie Maiorano

PVMN Re-Cert Eligible 

Registration closes on July 17 to accommodate our docents.

Join PVAS for a special trip to the Ice Mountain Preserve in Hampshire County, WV, on Saturday, August 1.

Anyone with an interest is welcome to join the trip, including families with children. However, space will be limited to only 30 people so pre-registration is required. Directions will be provided when you receive your registration confirmation email.

Because parking at the preserve is limited, participants are encouraged to meet at the Food Lion parking lot on Route 51 off I-81 in Inwood at 8:30 a.m. and carpool from there to the preserve.

Hike Description: A short trail takes you across 3 private properties to the Preserve's trail. Here you are halfway up Ice Mt. We will take a mile roundtrip hike down to the cold vents, and then hike a mile roundtrip to the scenic overlook.  You can stop mid-point if desired.  The trail is moderately difficult.  The group will lead the pace.  Approximate time for the full hike is 3 hours.

We will meet our docents at the Old Inn, North River Mills.  Detailed directions will be emailed to all attendees.

Address for  GPS: 8152 Cold Stream Rd, Capon Bridge, WV 26711 (This is the N. River Mills Methodist Church which is a couple hundred yards east of our destination).

Wear comfortable shoes and bring water and bug spring.  Feel free to pack a lunch to eat afterwards.

If there are heavy rains the hike will be rescheduled at a later date.

No dogs please, rare plants border the narrow trail.

The Ice Mountain Preserve is a 149-acre property that contains an unusual geologic site: a high rocky slope that traps winter ice and retains it year round, like a kind of natural refrigerator.

The ice itself is mostly hidden from view deep within the rocks but cold air flows continually from a series of vents at the bottom of the slope.

The mountain also has high sandstone cliffs that offer impressive views and rock chimneys that are home to large ravens. One may also see eagles there.

Because of its unique characteristics, the preserve was designated a U.S. National Natural Landmark in the spring of 2011.The property is owned by the Nature Conservancy.

Check out a 10 min. video version of Ice Mountain on Youtube, Ice Mt. PBS

Please contact Debbie Maiorano at 540-535-5145 or with any questions you may have. 

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