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blue Ice Cave Creek Trail


0.9 mile 1.4 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 26' 8 m
Descent: -240' -73 m
High: 7,844' 2,391 m
Low: 7,630' 2,326 m


Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)


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Nice new trail in the Palmer Lake area that follows a boulder-strewn canyon.

J Erik Hartel

Features River/Creek

Family Friendly Easy grades, great views, and some boulders for scrambling make this accessible and fun for kids of all ages.


The actual trailhead for this trail is located in Palmer Lake. The Ice Cave Creek Trail is a new trail that splits off the Palmer Lake to Limbaugh Canyon (715 Trail) trail to the north. There are reputedly ice caves in the area (hence, the name), but I haven't located these yet.

This trail is fairly easy to find. After reaching the first of the two Palmer Lake reservoirs, follow the dirt road around the north edge; after reaching a boulder-strewn canyon on your left begin looking for an unmarked, but well traveled, singletrack trail on your right - approximately 25 yards beyond the boulders. This is the actual entrance to the Ice Creek Trail network. Do not commit to the earlier game trails that start immediately adjacent to the boulders; although passable, these are far less enjoyable than the actual trail.

After the initial switchbacked section, the trail drops slightly into Ice Cave Creek Canyon, which follows the track of Ice Cave Creek through pumpkin - to cottage-sized boulders. The view of the opposite rock slope is very nice, especially when the light is right. Eventually, the trail comes to creek crossing before continuing a short distance further up the canyon.

In May, when the snow melt is ongoing, this is a fast moving and deep stream. The crossing requires either a bit of boulder-hopping or the will to make a perilous crossing on a pair of rickety logs. Be careful!


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May 4, 2019
Candi Segouin
No dogs allowed. The town of Palmer Lake has banned dogs, even on leash, from the Reservoir trail, which is used to access Ice Cave Creek trail.
Jun 5, 2018
Dorjee Tashi
Very awesome hike with lots of spectacular views. Very solitude n peaceful. Not much traffic 2.4mi
Jul 18, 2017
Brennen Garland
Jul 5, 2017
Bart McDonough
Mar 10, 2017
Cody Rickwalt
Absolutely beautiful
Oct 20, 2016
Jake Grau
Aug 1, 2016
Sarah Mensch

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