Blue Ridge Cave Trail #608

Area Status: Open
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The Blue Ridge Cave Trail offers a variety of points of interest in a relatively short distance. From the trailhead on porter Mountain Road (Forest Road 45), one will experience a riparian environment along Porter Creek and Scott Reservoir before climbing to higher elevations.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Best Season: Early spring-late winter
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Lakeside Ranger District
(928) 368-2100
TTY: (928) 368-5088

General Information

Directions:

From lakeside Ranger Station, drive 0.2 miles towards McNary on State Highway 260. Turn left onto Porter Mountain Road (Forest Road 45). Drive 1 mile to the trailhead on the right, immediately before Forest Road 45 crosses Porter Creek.


General Notes:
  • Difficult for bikes
  • The cave has been fenced off and locked for protection and preservation by the Forest Service.

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Activities


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The Blue Ridge Cave Trail offers a variety of points of interest in a relatively short distance. From the trailhead on porter Mountain Road (Forest Road 45), one will experience a riparian environment along Porter Creek and Scott Reservoir before climbing to higher elevations. Wildflowers along the trail include sego lily, fleabane daisy, groundsel, yellow salsify, stinging nettle, Indian paintbrush, purple bush penstemon, and rocky mountain iris. Trees along the trail include ponderosa pine, Gambel oak, alligator juniper, Utah juniper, and rocky mountain juniper. Some other interesting plants in the area are wild parsley, prickly pear cactus, penny cress, pussy toes, wild grape, golden pea and several interesting water plants. Nature observers will find several species of birds and an occasional deer or elk.

Parts of the trail are quite rough due to the volcanic origin of the rocks and soil. Just beyond the mid-point of the trail is the Blue Ridge Cave, a lava tube which was probably discovered by sheepherders prior to 1910. The first trail to the cave was marked by a group of local Boy Scouts around 1920, and it has been visited regularly since that time. It is also know as the "ice cave", probably because of the constant flow of cool air (around 52 degrees F) leaving the cave. It is probable that the entrance to the cave, which is simply a hole in level ground, was created by a cave-in.

USGS Maps: Lakeside.

Elevation desc6,700 feet-7,200 feet
Best Season: Early spring-late winter
Difficulty Level: Moderate

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
3.5 miles

  Latitude : 
34.14596667

  Longitude : 
-109.9424417

  Elevation : 
6,700 feet - 7,200 feet

 



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