Ice Cave Road

Monument, Colorado (ElPaso County)

Last Updated: 12/15/2019
4.7 / 5 ( 11 reviews )
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Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 10.3 miles
Highest Elevation: 9265 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Loop
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Monument
Nearest Town w/ Services: Monument
Official Road Name: 323/324
Management Agency: Pike National Forest
District: Pikes Peak Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Ice Cave Road
Ice Cave Road is another fun off-road trail that's close to Colorado Springs and easily accessible to those in Denver and other points along the front range. Comparable trails within the Rampart Range can provide a challenge to vehicles that are a little more than stock, but still offer fun routes for the more built rigs.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead at FSR 323 (0 mi)
The trailhead is on the east side of Rampart Range Road, and is marked with a brown US Forest Service sign. Merely 20 yards from the trailhead is a parking area on the right, atop a small knoll. This is a good place to take a break or have lunch during a day of trail riding.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.096960, -105.021230

Starting Point: Castle Rock

There are numerous ways to access the trailhead to Ice Cave Road. From the north (Sedalia/Castle Rock), take either Highway 67 to Rampart Range Road, or Dakan Road from Highway 105 near Perry Park. From Monument, take Mount Herman Road to Rampart Range Road, and turn north for approximately three miles. From Woodland Park, take Highway 67 north to Hotel Gulch. Where you emerge on Rampart Range Road, turn right (south) for approximately one-half mile to the trailhead marker (323).

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Land Use Issues

Ice Cave Road is situated within the Pike-San Isabel National Forest, which is part of the 2011 Lawsuit where a coalition of conservation and recreation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they say is the illegal addition of 500 miles of motorized roads and trails. A settlement was reached in late 2015 which requires the U.S. Forest Service to re-evaluate the roads and create a new travel management plan. Over the next year, 30 roads will be partially or completely closed while this evaluation proceeds over the next 5 years. It is imperative that the OHV community voices their interests on this issue. If we do nothing, those 500 miles may be permanently closed. Contact the Pikes Peak Ranger District and let them know why the area is important to you.

Trail Reviews (15)

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Status: Open
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Fun trail, completed the loop counter clock wise which seemed a little easier on some of the obstacles as they were downhill rather than up. Overall everything was passable in stock Rubicon without much effort. Some areas got a little more fun from a technical but nothing crazy. Would need some clearance though for the last half. There is a Fun little gravel quarry to the right about half way around. Good place to get some short inclines and play around a bit. Would be accessible to lower clearance vehicles if not trying to do the full loop. Overall traffic was pretty low and we had a good time tooling through the trail. Completed stock 2019 JLU Rubicon, 33" tires.

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Status: Open
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Easy trail that still keeps your attention. So many great campsites along the loop. The trail is narrow with a few switch backs on fs323 while fs323 is on top of the foothill and offers great views.

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Status: Open
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This was my first time running this trail, as well as any other trail in the area. It's not technical, but offers great views in spots, and some pretty awesome camping areas as well. Beware the washboard sections of Rampart Range Road, though...nearly rattled the teeth out of my head. :-)

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Status: Open
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Fun little loop off Rampart and back... beautiful scenery and not technical although narrow at points. Awesome camping just off the road.

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Status: Open
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Ran it today, 5/23. Trail was packed (camping wise) but only saw one other vehicle on our loop. Was tight in some spots but my Raptor cleared just fine. Fun loop, great views and nice forested trails. Not very technical but rated at a moderate trail. Ruts present through out. Easily done in stock truck/ jeep.

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Status: Open
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This past Saturday my wife and I spent the day Jeeping and hiking off the Winding Stairs / Ice Cave Creek loop in Rampart Range. After pulling a sedan out of a ditch along Rampart Range Road with my winch, we hiked a lesser known trail to the Sidney Harrison plane crash site from the 1950s, where a military pilot got lost in a snowstorm and crashed. Most people hike up from Palmer Lake, but we hiked down the much shorter route from FR 324.B (5 miles round trip vs. 10). We only saw a couple people at the crash site, and none on the trail. We then explored the cool rock formations and overlooks at the ends of FR 323 and FR 324.B. The roads were completely clear of snow, the views were spectacular, and we found quite a few people camping on FR 323. It is such a shame that the Forest Service plans to close both of these amazing roads in the proposed travel management plan for the Pike National Forest, cutting off access to all these amazing locations.

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Status: Partially Open
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I ran portions of 325, 324, and 324.B with CORE on Feb 16. No one except a couple snowmobiles had been back there in quite a while, and we were breaking trail through deep snow the whole way. It was a blast, and some of the best snow bashing anyone in our group had done this winter. We successfully made it to the end of 324.B, but turned around on 324 and decided not to run the full loop, as we were worried we would not be able to make it back out of the valley in the middle of the loop. This trail should currently be considered impassable except for the most well-equipped groups prepared for serious snow wheeling. Chains likely required. Don't go alone!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Drove 323/324 loop as part of our club's support to the Pikes Peak Ranger District (USFS) and their annual Christmas tree cutting program. The road is open and snowy; on the "back side" near Waypoints 7 and 8, there are spots with 16" to 18" of snow. This is a great snow-run, but don't go alone....go with a buddy rig or several rigs, and be prepared for the possibility of slipping off the road and getting stuck. Last weekend (Sunday, December 8th) a driver went in there alone and got stuck.

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Status: Open
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Fun little loop off of Rampart Range. Decided to take a little drive from the Springs to Monument the long way:). Took this little loop. Any vehicle with 4wd would do fine on this trail. Some ruts. I’d call it a 2, not a 3

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Status: Impassable
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Started out simple enough, but don't be fooled. Maybe too early to ride this trail. 4" lift, 32" tires, locking rear differential, still got stuck in fresh untracked snow several times. Found myself having to winch myself down a long hill just to find a place to turn around, only to winch myself right back up. 4-star review based on the fact that, if it had been driveable, it would have been a beautiful drive.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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I was on the Rampart Range with my local Toyota club to support the USFS/Pikes Peak Ranger District during the annual Christmas tree cutting weekend (two weekends actually, first two weekends of December each year). Two of my club member buddies drove the 323/324 loop and said it was snowy but open and easy to drive. They both drive FJ40 Land Cruisers, both on 33x10.5 tires.

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Status: Open
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Something easy and fun for anyone with a 4x4. First section is open with some views and occasional pul out for camping. As you work you way in you encounter some ruts from water runoff... when the trail splits the right spur gets alittle tighter and the pay off is some amazing views, the left spur works its way down into a nice valley and back out.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Ran Ice Cave Road (FS Road 323/324) Loop as part of a patrol on roads for the Forest Service's annual Christmas tree cutting event. Conditions are relatively dry, give the last snow was on November 17-18, 2017. The only place where there was significant snow remaining was in vicinity of Waypoint 8. This area remains in shadow this time of year, so the snow hasn't melted like elsewhere along the trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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We ran numerous trails on the Rampart Range in support of the U.S. Forest Service and the annual Christmas Tree cutting activity. Our club patrols the Forest Service Roads and provides assistance to the occasional motorist who gets stuck. Weather was good, though windy, so it was slightly colder than expected. Trail conditions were good on most trails--snow covered but no issues with traction.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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We were out on 324 looking for a tree for the annual Pike National Forest tree cutting. The snow pack was good and the area well traveled. 4WD is needed to get through here now though, the snow has taken. (Pike National Forest Christmas Tree Permits Are Required!! Click Here For Information.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Has anyone been out within the last week?
– (02/10/2020)
–Ryan Boudreau (02/24/2020)

Writer Information

Tracy Barker

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tracy is an outdoor enthusiast originally from north Alabama. His family moved to central Utah when Tracy was a child, and subsequently to southern Utah, where he fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. His favorite activities are family trail rides and camping with small groups. He started many years ago in his dad's F-150 pickup truck, and subsequently his own 4x4 acquisition, a 1975 Ford Bronco (in 1991).
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