“A short, quick, out-and-back ride from Magpie Campground with a lot of scenery and wildlife.”
— Adam Eyman
This is a nice area to ride that not a lot of people know about. It's a seldom-traveled, completely singletrack trail. It is almost guaranteed that you won't meet anyone along your way which means that it can be a good one to bring the dog along on.
Nearing the end, you'll experience some epic views as you climb your way back to the Ice Caves. Be careful of rattlesnakes in this part as they are prevalent. Also watch out for the short-horned lizards, which are also everywhere; try not to run the little guys over as they are pretty slow.
Need to Know
It depends on the time of the year, but Magpie Creek can be fairly high requiring a detour. Take a right at the creek and continue along until you come to the bend under a huge cliff. There is a crossing there that is very shallow.
This ride is a nice, little out-and-back that you can either start at the Ice Caves Trailhead or from Magpie Campground.
From Grassy Butte, head north on Main St. or US-85, until you hit Beicegel Creek Road (Hwy 50). Turn left on Hwy 50, which is the only paved road around. Take that west, until you get to Scairt Woman Rd., turn left and go south eight and a quarter miles.
The road goes into a "Y" about seven miles in, stay to the right on Road 806. Take a right at these coordinates 47.323536, -103.387676 and this road goes to the trailhead with a sign. There are no signs at all for the Ice Caves until you are at the trailhead.
The dog and I did this trail 3/30/2016 and it was in very good shape. A good amount of ascent and descent with some technical spots, but nothing too bad. This is a perfect ride for a beginner, with a little over 10.5 miles for the out-and-back.
History & Background
Ice Caves were popular back in the early 1900's as a spot to take a break from traveling. This was a popular spot for travelers to make ice cream.