Ice Caves and Towering Bluffs. North Dakota?
Ice Caves and towering bluffs. North Dakota? This can’t be North Dakota. It’s flat! Oh, but it’s not! Get off the main roads, explore US Forest Service trails and campground areas. You might be surprised at what you find!
No other trails in North Dakota have brought us to such towering and rugged bluffs! The scene which unfolds is a definite, WOW!
An Icy Cave!
The US Forest Service Ice Caves Trailhead provides a parking area and a well labeled, easy hike to the only ice cave in North Dakota. Some call it the O’Brien Cave, for it’s location on land which has been ranched by the O’Brien family for generations.
A Beautiful Area of Cliffs and Trees
A spring hike reveals small touches of green beginning to appear, and Pasque Flowers (wild prairie crocus) pop up in unexpected places along the trail. Aspen trees already provide shade, and inspire a vision of brilliant gold and yellows which accent this area in the fall.
Where Is It?
Ice Caves Trailhead is located southwest of Grassy Butte, North Dakota. To get there, travel on rough and rugged Scairt Woman Road (also US Forest Service Road 809 for the first several miles) . It begins west of Grassy Butte, south off of McKenzie County Road 50, which is also known as Beicegel Creek Road, and goes through open range cattle country. It’s literally someone’s back yard, and respect of the surroundings is important. Several miles south, 809 branches to the west, but Scairt Woman Road continues south. Remain on Sciart Woman Road, do not follow 809 to the west. Still heading south, do not turn onto 806, which forks to the east. Continuing south and passing into Billings County, a brown sign will be found on the west side of the road. It points to the Ice Caves Trailhead parking area.
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