Arnold Ice Cave to Lava Butte

Total Miles
32.1

Elevation

1,967.83 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Summer, Fall, Spring

Trail Overview

This route, for the most part, follows China Hat Road from the point at which it turns to gravel. Later as you head to the South and West, near Paulina Lake, the roads become narrow and more challenging (toward Lava Butte & HWY97). However - none of the trail is difficult.

Photos of Arnold Ice Cave to Lava Butte

Arnold Ice Cave to Lava Butte
Arnold Ice Cave to Lava Butte
Arnold Ice Cave to Lava Butte

Difficulty

Some parts are narrow and rutted and can become muddy with rainfall.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

Andrew Esther
May 12, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Snow/Ice
Gets snowy and wet above Lockit Butte, some sandy mud, potential traction issues. Washouts prevalent above Lockit. Below Lockit to powerline road, very good packed gravel, minimal washboarding, few very small washout spots less than 20’ long.
J R
Feb 10, 2024
4x4
Obstructed
Downed Tree
Deep Snow
Pretty easy most of the trail, some deep snow patches got stuck in the wet snow. Snow wouldn't pack or stick so vehicles sunk. Cut one tree out of the path but turned around at the second one closer to Arnold
Jacob Vandermeer
Dec 24, 2023
4x4
Open
Snow/Ice
Washboard
Light snow on the road for about half of Anderson loop. East 2wd ride.
Max Blair
Dec 18, 2023
2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Open
Muddy/Wet
Snow/Ice
Not too bad just muddy and slushy… very slushy

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