**Masshole Mommy received four complimentary tickets to visit the Adventure Center at Loon Mountain in order to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**
While we were staying at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire a few weekends ago, one of the things we did was take a gondola ride up to the summit. We’ve stayed at Loon numerous times over the years, but it wasn’t until we got a Super Adventure Pass for their Adventure Center that we actually went to the top of the mountain.
There are a few things to do up on the summit of the mountain, including the Glacial Caves. There you can crawl, squeeze and climb your way through the really old caves & boulders that date back to the ice age. Seriously.
More than 12,000 years ago, the massive Laurentide Ice Sheet covered Loon Mountain in more than a mile of ice. When the ice melted, it left behind a whole bunch of ginormous boulders just below the summit. Now-a-days you can explore the small caverns and passageways tucked into the that area because they’ve built a wooden walkway throughout it.
The kids were really excited when they saw that they could crawl through and explore caves along the wooden walkway. There are 10 “challenges” along the way and we were able to climb up and down ladders and crawl through crevices and openings in the rock formations.
If you are not the adventurous type, you can just stay on the wooden walkway that circle around the caves. Altogether there are 9 caves and I was only brave enough (or able to fit into) a couple of them. Some of the passageways are extremely narrow and I actually got stuck in one of them and had to go back.
I would suggest dressing comfortably if you want to check out the glacial caves and be sure to wear sneakers – especially if you plan on crawling though the boulders. Oh, and if you are afraid of getting dirty, stay on the walkway.
Was it worth it, though? Totally.