Visit Apostle Islands National Lakeshore


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Activities: Cross-country SkiingCross-country Skiing HikeHike

Amenities: Child Friendly Child Friendly Parking Parking


First hint: get there early so you can park on Meyers Road ($3 fee but worth not having to walk further). It was cold (about 7 degrees) with the wind blowing. Just bundle up like you are going skiing in a blizzard and you'll be fine. We found having those heating packets you stick in your gloves and boots to be really helpful. Be sure to have a good set (my cheap ones didn't even make it out of the parking lot) of strap-on crampons/cleats for your boots. They really help when walking on the ice or on the packed down snow. They are more a safety factor ( I can attest to this) than you might think. Also, ski or trekking poles are also helpful.

We also had ski goggles that were really helpful when we had to walk back with the wind in our face. Full face masks helped as well. The hike is about a mile to the first ice caves but if you are up for it keep going for about another half mile at least to see the full range of ice formations. We didn't make it to the furthest ones (which would have been more than a mile further). Bring a camera but keep it on an inside pocket to keep it from getting to cold (batteries seem to not like the cold). If you are lucky, the sun will be out (not for us) and you'll probably see even more spectacular colors. Don't worry if the sun isn't out, we got more color in our photos than we expected. We saw people pulling their children in everything from sleds and toboggans to wheeling them in a runner's stroller (hint: wheels don't work as well as skis or sled bottoms for pulling kids). It took us about one hour to hike back from as far as we had gone.

Today Weather Forecast:
TempratureCurrent Temprature: 8.81 C

TempratureMaximum Temprature: 10.56 C

wind Wind: 3.6

Humidity Humidity: 66

Pressure Pressure: 1016(mb)

Clouds Clouds: broken clouds

sunrise sunrise: 2019-10-17 12:23:53

sunset sunset: 2019-10-17 23:13:40