Blue Ridge Cave Trail No.608 is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lakeside, AZ that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and horses and is accessible from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
The Ice Cave trail Connects to Blue Ridge trail in the TRACKS White Mtn trail system http://www.tracks-pinetop-lakeside.org/trails/trails.htm
great trail to go back packing and hiking
to do this whole Blue Ridge Cave Trail AZ it supposed to be, is longer than 6.7 miles. Also, the trail hasn't moved in several places you can't follow the trail that you have to follow the horse path. This path is very miserable to walk on Due to the rocks, horse road apples, and uneven ground all over the place... without a break. There is nothing you can look at because of the constant need to look at the ground. There is not much to look at here. You will pass a little lake and a little cave, But other than that, it's just a trail through the forest.
A pretty trail ,dogs love it walked around the lake as much as was possible. Easy trail !
Easy, walked around the lake, poop shit everywhere from horses.
This is a fun easy trail. We had from ages 13-68 easy enough for all.Cave was cool.
Was a lot of fun. Missed the cave initially but found it on the way back down. When headed up you will see a wooden sign labeled Ice Cave. Go to the left of that sign. The trail kind of y's at that point. The cave is surrounded by a large chain link fence, the local horse rental place does that loop for their rides. Significantly cooler inside the cave, a little sketchy getting into it, need some sort of light. Head lamp or flash light would be the best. My phone light was sufficient.
We enjoyed this trail. It was rocky, muddy and wet on a warm February day. We hiked past runoff from Scott's Reservoir, skirted round the reservoir, and climbed through thick pines. Our turn around was the ice cave, which we didn't descend due to lots of slick ice.
A nice walk. Rocky at points, but it IS in the mountains. Well marked due to being a popular horse trail. Not difficult.
It was a good hike. My mini dachshund loved it too. We went past the cave to the next trail intersection at about 7248 ft. We did not turn left at the intersection (1.5 miles more to Blue Ridge Mt) as we were running out of daylight. Coming back, you will need to veer right on the trail in order to go past the cave again. Probably 7 miles total. I'll bring a flashlight for the cave next time.
Challenging trail with lots of small boulders. It was a lot of work to get to marker 20 but was rewarded with some fun downhill for a short time. Hiked a bike through some of the more challenging areas.
Nice trail, lots of other hikers as well as horse riders. The trail is well marked except the actual ice cave, which is not marked but is surrounded by a chain link fence so as long as you are looking for that you can't miss it. The opening to the cave is small and you will have to crawl through but once you are inside it opens up quite a bit. As others have said, be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp, I used my cell phone flashlight and it was ok. The trail is rocky, but pretty flat and is suitable for kids. I brought my 6 and 8 year old and they completed all 4 miles fairly easily. The first 1/2 mile or so is ugly, as you are walking past houses and properties on one side, but once you cross the small stream and head out into the woods it is nice. You walk past Scott's reservoir, which was fun for my kids to take a break and skip a couple rocks and there is some decent tree cover for shade for the second half of it as you go towards the cave. Overall, it's a great family hike.
Nice hike with horses/cows, streams, large reservoir, and ending with ice cave. Stay on the blue diamond trail and around miles ice cave is on the right. Didn't get a chance to explore the cave but might be possible with a headlight, if you continue past cave the hike goes 1.2 miles further, which would bring the total to around 6.5 miles. We turned around at the cave.
Some interesting landscape, some areas are scarce because of fire. Rocky going in, gotta watch your footing. Bring flashlight to explore cave.
The trail is disappointing for the first half mile, but is nice once it enters the woods. Fairly level to the reservoir then gradually uphill for the second mile to the ice cave (really a collapsed lava tube. )
Nice hike that takes you past Scott Reservoir and then a steady climb up the mountain.
Several side trails are visible and the Ice Cave is not marked, so we nearly pasted by without seeing it. There is a chain-link fence around the cave opening, but the gate was open. All in all, a nice climb of about 4 miles round trip.