|Posted on February 11, 2018 at 6:25 AM|
Ice Cave via Blue Ridge Cave Trail 608 | Hiking Arizona | Mountain Matron
The “Ice Cave” a primitive three chamber lava tube serving an eternal flow of cold air (50°F/10°C), but shows no signs of actual ice. Approaching the Ice Cave via Blue Ridge Cave Trail enters the forest along fenced private property, including equestrian stables; crosses Porter Creek, wraps along the southern portion of Scott Reservoir to twist and turn through the well-marked Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. The White Mountain Trail System provide white diamond trail markers notched to the trees ¼ mile apart along every trail, keeping the entire system as easy to follow, self-guided routes through the more than two million acre Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.
The Osprey Connector Trail junction is located 1 mile from the trailhead, the Ice Cave junction is near 2.2 miles. The main trail continues towards Blue Ridge Trail #107 for a 9-mile round trip hike reaching higher elevations. The spur trail veers towards the Ice Cave leading approximately ¼ mile before reaching the fenced cave. The fence is in place by the U.S. Forest Service and should not be entered. Reverse the route to return to the trailhead.
Highway 260 (White Mountain Road) at Porter Mountain Road
3103 Porter Mountain Rd, Lakeside, AZ 85929
- Trail Elevation: 6,800ft
- Level: Easy- Moderate
- Length: 4+ miles
- Type: Out and Back
- Open: Year around
- Permit: No
- Conditions: Well Maintained
- Vehicle Requirements: None
- Services: None
- Drive Time from Phoenix: 3 hrs 30 min
- Features: Riparian Bird Activity , Panoramic Views, Ponderosa Pine, Arizona Woodlands
- Trail Time: 2+ Hour
- No Parking Fee
- Lakeside Ranger District, 928-368-2100
The parking at Porter Mountain Rd. can fill fast during the busy season, an alternate connection is to start at the Osprey Connector Trail via Timber Mesa Trail. Timber Mesa is located at the Porter Mountain Rd. and Penrod Rd. junction; follow signs. The White Mountain Trail System offers more than 20 connecting trails in the region.
*The Ice Cave is fenced off and no visitor should cross the fenced area nor enter the cave. Maps available at select trails; visit the Lakeside Ranger Station for additional resources, including maps.
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