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These ice caves are a true hidden gem because, at the time of publishing this, there are no mentions of this wonderfully cool attraction besides a brief mention on the U.S. Forest Service Fishlake National Forest page about Jimmy Reed Trail. And if you call the local Ranger to ask for more information, you might be met with genuine surprise.
We’re giving you the inside scoop (after visiting the creamery, perhaps?!), and are disclosing insider information about this secret spot. That said, everyone likes a good adventure, so we’re going to leave this one as a bit of a challenge.
The Jimmy Reed Trailhead (Paiute Side Trail, PST-05) is located 15 miles east of Beaver, Utah on paved UT-153. The Trailhead is on the left (north) side of the road. You will be able to travel most of the way in a rugged 4WD or UTV, but the last bit you’ll have to do on foot. Travel west then northwest past junctions with FS 752 and 753. Once the road turns northward and before you intersect with FS 987, this is the sweet spot—your target is up and on that West Face of Baker’s Peak. Now, if you were hoping for a nice big sign with a red arrow, alas, no such thing. You are looking for a tree near the trail carved with markings “Ice Caves.” The Ranger estimates it could be a 10-mile trek from the highway, but you didn’t hear that here.
What are you going to find after following these cryptic directions? Literally, the coolest spot in Utah! This lava flow system is reported to have crevasses, so bring your safety (climbing!) gear, headlamps, and extra flashlights if you decide to venture inside. Even on the hottest days of summer, the drop in temperature is delightful, and it’s rumored to hold ice year-round. Imagine that!