Elevation: 2,461 ft
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Shared By: Jim Lawyer on Oct 9, 2017
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Description

Ice Cave Mountain is a long ridge with many small cliffs in a very remote location near North Lake. The most accessible cliff is on a tiny summit and is a popular day hike, as it has deep fissures that hold ice throughout the summer. The climbs here are mostly moderate, with the most important feature being high-quality, naturally clean rock. The fact that the rock here is clean is an anomaly; the entire cliff seems as if it's been power-washed.

The Fissure Face is the cliff on the most accessible summit, and faces west-ish.

Getting There

On NY 12, at the Kayuta Drive-In in Remsen (18T 482247 4805969), turn right onto Dustin Road and drive to its end. Turn right onto Woodhull Road, then left at the fork onto North Lake Road. Follow this to Atwell at the south end of North Lake. Go left here onto North Lake Extension and drive to the large, football-field-sized parking at its end (18T 509403,4825066), well beyond the north end of the North Lake. There is good car camping off this road on the west shore of the lake. It takes 30 minutes to reach this parking from NY 12.

Update 2018: There is a bridge out (18T 506698 4822317) on the North Lake Extension, about 1 mile before the parking, adding about 30 minutes of walking each way. Bring a mountain bike! Construction not scheduled until late summer 2018.

Follow the dirt logging road past the parking to a fork. Go left onto a gated logging road and walk about 30 minutes (considerable logging here) to a stream that crosses the road and a large boulder with "ICM" spray-painted (although this may be quite faded by now). Due to the logging, this road is totally bikable now. Turn left off the logging road and follow the herd path (flagging) uphill to the summit. This turnoff is 200' beyond the third large logging header.

Bring a GPS!

For the Fissure Face, from the summit crevice, follow a herd path downhill (SE) for 75', then turn southwest and walk 120' to a large triangular boulder which marks the (climber's) right end of the cliff.

For the west-facing Raven Wall, just as the trail flattens out (about 300' before the summit crevice), turn right and follow the ridge northeast to about 18T 510358 4825924, then turn northwest, and walk northwest and uphill to the cliff at 18T 510263 4826262. There is sporatic flagging along this ridge.

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