|Mount Hood from Bald Mountain. The ice caves are the two dark spots near the center of the picture.|
|Our campsite, just above the shelter.|
The next morning we ditched our packs and headed out to the Sandy Glacier ice caves. Getting out there was a little sketchy. The elevation is just a few hundred feet above McNeil Point, but it requires traversing some large scopes of scree. It's definately an area to take slow and carefully. One wrong step on the sliding gravel could send you tumbling down hundreds and hundreds of feet. But with the danger on the exposed slope came a great reward - incredible views of the valley the entire time.
|Crossing a small section of scree.|
|The other ice cave|
|The ridge we climbed down.|
We finally made it back to the trail and hurried down, arriving only 45 minutes late. All in all, it was one of the best hiking experiences I have ever had.
You can see a map of our route here: http://caltopo.com/map?id=3553