Winding Stairs-Ice Cave Loop

Total Miles
8.1

Elevation

2,832.59 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This loop consists of Forest Service roads 323 and 324 which meet on the east side of the loop; the loop is continuous, and the numbers can be confusing. The trail surface is decomposed granite which can erode easily and cause deep erosion cuts. Where the trail crosses the north-facing slopes, it can retain snow and ice and be very slick, with some exposure if you were to slide off the trail. Standing water is common after rain and snowmelt and can be deeper than it looks. There are several dead-end spurs and nice hiking in the area. A quartz rock quarry is on the left, just before FR 324.B, and can test your 4WD. Animals abound in this area, including deer, elk, turkey, and bear. The area created by the loop is a great place to explore on foot.

Photos of Winding Stairs-Ice Cave Loop

Winding Stairs-Ice Cave Loop
Winding Stairs-Ice Cave Loop

Difficulty

There are some steep and occasionally rain-washed inclines or declines. Potential for water crossing and snow in spring and fall.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Miguel S
Jul 12, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Dusty
easy trail, some areas are getting rutted, but nothing a standard 4x4 would have trouble with
Sunny Harris
Jul 04, 2024
4x4
Open
Dusty
Dillon Weigel
Jun 22, 2024
2015 Jeep Wrangler
Open
Dusty
Neat little scenic route through some dense forest. Lots of switchbacks. Steep grade and loose gravel but not hard at all when dry
Oscar J
Jun 10, 2024
2009 Lexus LX
Open
Normal

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