AKA the Father's Day 2012 run up to Argentine
So my dad and I went back up there yesterday on the orange bikes to try and cover more ground and check out some of the stuff we didn't have time to last weekend. Even though we averaged about 15 mph for the 2h20m of riding time, and hit a little more than 30 mph on the lower portion of the railroad grade
, we still ran out of time to see everything.
We did see the ice caves (or what was left of them). Pretty cool to imagine the walkways that were in place back in the day
1: Ice caves are between the last two runs of railroad, right at the top of McClellan Mtn. You can see the big lump in between the two runs.
2: Here is what's left of the upper one. It's all caved in.
3: Climbing up closer to the opening, this is all you see.
4: You can see the faint path of where people would walk down from the summit of McClellan to see the ice caves. The train would be backing down the next switchback as people checked out the summit and the ice caves.
5: They would then continue down this path to where the train would pick them up down below.
6: This must have been the loading platform for getting back onto the train.