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Ice Cave Trail #608, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance One Way 3.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,703 feet
Elevation Gain 504 feet
Accumulated Gain 613 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 5.54
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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Ice Cave Trail #608
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    cloudy and occasional light rain made for a wonderfully refreshing hike in the woods with Sierra, Michelle, Grandma and Grandpa!

    ice cave is pretty neat. you can feel cool air coming out. Scott reservoir had a decent amount of water and was surrounded by a zillion yellow flowers. :) nice little spot with flowers along Porter Creek too.

    very pleasant hike
    Ice Cave Trail #608
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    Much warmer day, this trail has a very easy grade but is frustrating in that it isn't very straight. The trail is very well maintained but the views are disappointing. That said the forest is very nice.

    Also took the Ice Cave trail to check out the cave. A bit disappointing, not nearly as good as the lava tube in Flagstaff.

    Mapped a couple of access trails for future hikers.

    Saw clear pools in Billy Thompson Creek, but the creek was not flowing.
    Ice Cave Trail #608
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    Nice day out, enjoyed the nice wooded views. Not really any panoramic views on these hikes, although both trails go around Scott Reservoir which is nice.

    Took a look into the Ice Cave, nice cold air blasting out of there. Not much to see, though IMO inside.

    Took the Osprey out to the Ice Cave Trail, then hiked from end to end of the Ice Cave and back to the Ice Cave-Osprey Junction to take the Osprey back out. So in other words we did an out and back on both trails, end to end.

    Much of the route on the Ice Cave is used by the stables at the west TH, bringing groups along the trial on horseback. After all the recent snowmelt and the trail being muddy, it dried and the trail is rutted to pieces. It's chocked full of horse hoof holes, some of them 3-4 inches deep.

    The Osprey was named for this bird, having a nesting area near Scott Reservoir when the trail was cut recently as a connector trail. I didn't see an osprey, but I played an osprey call distress sound and a redtail hawk started flying toward me and above me before taking off.
    Ice Cave Trail #608
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    Did this hike the day after skiing at Sunrise Mtn. Slightly muddy conditions made for some cross country hiking, runoff from snow in the meadows produced lovely streams. According to a description (from another website) we should have found the ice cave shortly after passing by Scott Reservoir but it eluded us. Still a fun hike through the Sitgreaves NF.

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