14 miles
Distance
1,758 ft
Climb
-302 ft
Descent
01:25:35
Avg time
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Arnold Ice Cave Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Horse Butte
    Bend, Oregon
  • Ref Number
    #3963
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #69768 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    20 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 50 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback

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.

More Stats for Arnold Ice Cave mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,455 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,929 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,495 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,985 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,440 ft
  • Grade
    1.9%
  • Grade max
    -8.5%
  • Grade min
    34.2%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
  • Avg time
    01:25:35
  • Avg reverse time
    01:54:55
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Status:
on May 31, 2020
Dry
Avg: 3 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
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  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
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  • Camping Camping
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  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
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  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Arnold Ice Cave Trail Reports

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      May 31, 2020 @ 8:39pm
      May 31, 2020
      The north end is a bit loose in the really sandy parts. Some two-wheel drifting can occur.
      Apr 29, 2020 @ 9:08pm
      Apr 29, 2020
      Dry and sunny, watch some of the downhill corners on the swampy wells side, slick due to heavy moon dust and skid outs.
      Jun 12, 2019 @ 9:57am
      Jun 12, 2019
      No trees on the bottom half so it can get warm. No moisture, so some sections are sandy.
      Apr 6, 2018 @ 6:52pm
      Apr 6, 2018
      Dry down low, excellent at the middle, muddy with some snow for the last couple miles by horse camp.
      Mar 28, 2018 @ 12:00pm
      Mar 28, 2018
      Riding well. No mud or dust.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 19 rides
      • 23 miles avg distance
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      • 17 rides
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      Apr 28, 2020
      97 |
      Jun 4, 2018 @ 9:44am
      Jun 4, 2018

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Horse Butte Loop
      10 miles
      Swamp Wells/ Coyote Loop
      26 miles

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