Harrison Crash Site via Ice Cave
ElevationAscent: 2,066' 630 m
Descent: -2,065' -630 m
High: 8,540' 2,603 m
Low: 7,231' 2,204 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 43% (23°)
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“A truly beautiful hike following Ice Cave Creek and Levi Creek, then following a ridge to the Harrison plane crash.”— Scott Todd
After crossing the creek, things level out into a small valley. At 1.6 miles go right onto the Swank Trail at the 3-way intersection. About 1000 feet from the intersection, you step over a small seasonal stream, called Levi Creek, and the trail turns left (northward).
At two miles, you'll see the Sundance Mountain Trail splitting to the right (eastward); go straight, following Levi Creek to a small ridge at mile 2.7 where there is a 4-way intersection. Left on Ice Cave Cliffs goes up to a ridge about 1.5 miles to massive boulders just north of Devil's Thumb (a dead end). Right (east) may lead to private property (not sure). Go straight, descending a slope of Ponderosas into another small valley and parallel to another intermittent stream. This area rarely has hikers.
At mile 3.8, you'll cross the stream, ducking through brush, and immediately to your left is Sydney Harrison Connector Trail. The trail is not hard to follow but is a bit overgrown in places. This trail follows a stream for about 1/2 mile and then turns right to climb to a ridge. At about mile 4.7 there is a 3-way T intersection with the Sydney Harrison Trail; going right goes to Elk Park Road; left goes to the Sydney Harrison crash site. Note this intersection because it is easy to miss on your return.
Following the ridge southward, it will curl west and then northwest, through a very old aspen grove and then arriving at the aircraft at mile 5.5 from the reservoir trailhead. Sidney Harrison was killed when the aircraft went down during a snowstorm in 1952. Please respect this site! Sadly some have desecrated the wreck by carving their names and using the aircraft for target practice. Leave the wreckage as you find is so that others may be reminded of the sacrifice made by those who serve.
Once you are done exploring the site, you can return via the same trails.
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