Arnold Ice Cave Trail Mountain Biking

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Length
13.9 miles
Elevation
1975'
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Trails are riding well right now. They may not be perfect.

Trail Reports

  • Brian Frankle April 15, 2017 at 12:34 pmRode Arnold Ice Cave - North Swamp Wells Loop this morning. Patchy snow prior to Swamp Wells Butte (riding from Arnold), but nothing too inconvenient. Zero blow down, trails were in fine shape.
  • Patrecia Hedges April 8, 2017 at 3:42 pmGood at least until the intersection of 1820 and Swamp Wells Rd, at the cattle guard. Had to turn around, but was clear to that point.
  • Kellie Jacobson April 5, 2017 at 9:09 am4/2/17: Rode the 10 mile loop from Arnold Ice Cave to Boyd to Coyote Loop. Trails were fantastic - fast and fun.
  • Josh L March 12, 2017 at 9:11 pmRiding great south from Horse Butte, until a couple miles south of China Hat, where snow patches start appearing. Definitely the best riding south of China Hat I've seen.
  • Zach Blickman February 26, 2017 at 6:16 pmSmall patches of snow and a several muddy spots, but good riding up to China Hat rd. I'll take what I can get.
  • Brian Frankle November 26, 2016 at 1:19 pmArnold Ice Cave trail is in great shape. A bit of snow/ice near the Horse Camp, but the lower section is in great shape. Very minimal mud. Smooth as fast.
  • Bruce Bradshaw November 11, 2016 at 3:17 pmGood all the way to the horse camp.
 

Trail Description

Arnold Ice Cave Trail runs from Horse Butte trailhead all the way out to Swamp Wells Horse Camp.

Bunch grass, sagebrush and hidden rocks make for a narrow tread — with the trail getting more remote as you get farther from Horse Butte. The trail starts in the tree cover, and ends in tree cover — but the vast majority of the trail has open views all around. There are some rocky bits along the way with the most challenging portion being a short switchback climb up a ridge just before mile 3.

The first intersection on this trail is with Boyd Cave Trail around mile 4. Many people ride a 10 mile loop connecting Arnold Ice Cave, Boyd Cave, Coyote Loop Trail, and Swamp Wells.

The second intersection is with Horse to Horse which will take you out to the Horse Ridge riding area. From this intersection the trail has no other intersections until you reach the Horse Camp. From the camp you have the option of heading back to Horse Butte by way of Coyote Loop, or Swamp Wells.

For a special treat – Arnold Ice Cave and Hidden Forest Cave are very close to the where Arnold Ice Cave trail crosses China Hat Road.

This is primarily a winter riding area due to the sandy soils. Winter rain and snow doesn’t hit this area as hard, and trails are often prime in the winter months.

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Trail Reports » Arnold Ice Cave

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  1. Brian Frankle says:

    Rode Arnold Ice Cave – North Swamp Wells Loop this morning. Patchy snow prior to Swamp Wells Butte (riding from Arnold), but nothing too inconvenient. Zero blow down, trails were in fine shape.

  2. Patrecia Hedges says:

    Good at least until the intersection of 1820 and Swamp Wells Rd, at the cattle guard. Had to turn around, but was clear to that point.

  3. Kellie Jacobson says:

    4/2/17: Rode the 10 mile loop from Arnold Ice Cave to Boyd to Coyote Loop. Trails were fantastic – fast and fun.

  4. Josh L says:

    Riding great south from Horse Butte, until a couple miles south of China Hat, where snow patches start appearing. Definitely the best riding south of China Hat I’ve seen.

  5. Zach Blickman says:

    Small patches of snow and a several muddy spots, but good riding up to China Hat rd. I’ll take what I can get.

  6. Brian Frankle says:

    Arnold Ice Cave trail is in great shape. A bit of snow/ice near the Horse Camp, but the lower section is in great shape. Very minimal mud. Smooth as fast.

  7. Patrecia Hedges says:

    Really really good! Moist & packed. At least up to cattle guard at Rd. 1820.

    1. Bruce Bradshaw says:

      Good all the way to the horse camp.

  8. Joe Myers says:

    I agree it’s most likely cows. They trash those trails.

  9. Eric Kutter says:

    Did the loop from Horse Butte to Swamp Wells. Out on Swamp Wells, back on Arnold’s. Swamp Wells was in surprisingly great shape. The outer 2/3 rds of Arnold’s was pretty rough. Seems like it gets a lot more horse traffic than bike.

    1. Natalie Herse says:

      Those were probably cow tracks unfortunately. Lots of them out there :(

  10. Natalie Herse says:

    Rode up Upper Coyote and down Arnold Ice Cave trail. Moist, tacky trail. Some cows/tracks on middle Arnold but since I was going downhill it didn’t really bother me as it was firm enough. The rain caught me on lower Arnold. Go get it while it’s moist!

  11. Marc Fortier says:

    Who let the cows out ? Some sections with significant cow traffic and droppings, but mostly firm and nice

  12. Marc Fortier says:

    Primo : sand is hard-packed and everything is firm and fast

  13. Natalie Herse says:

    Perfection. No trees down. No snow. Actually sandy in a few spots. Go get it before the horses do.

  14. Mike Johnson says:

    The trail is super fast and completely clear of snow all the way to the horse camp. I wonder how long it will be before we can go all the way to Paulina?

    1. Joe Myers says:

      thanks! how many down trees?

      1. Bruce Bradshaw says:

        No deadfall across trail.

  15. Tim Foster says:

    It was hike a bike due to snow the last 1/2 mile into Horse Camp. Made the turn onto Coyote Loop with a bit more of snow patches. What a great day!

  16. Bryant Vette says:

    Nice and dry out to the side trail to the cave then patchy snow started. Turned back after that.

  17. Nathan Weisz says:

    Rode it 3/5/16
    Hit some snow around mile 11 from TH
    Turned back about mile 13
    Couldn’t make junction
    Otherwise rode great!!

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