This is a water-filled ride down into the mid-winter lush green of ferns and mosses in the Green River Gorge. Icy Creek is so name for its cold year round temperature on this steep side of the gorge that gets little sun. The torrent is captured by a small dam, complete with catwalk over the spillway and a giant pipe to feed the salmon rearing ponds. The fish are then fed through a sluice back into Icy Creek as it flows into the Green River. Side trails lead to the sluice outlet, the confluence, and other sections of the shoreline. A longer trail takes you to the abandoned trout rearing ponds.
Another unique feature here are a series of ten waterfalls that emerge from the cliff with no apparent source. The ground water in the surrounding plateau is squeezed out here like a sponge.
Like the Hanging Gardens Trail (vimeo.com/87368272) and the O'Grady-Green River Natural Area trail (vimeo.com/86746316), the Icy Creek ride is a difficult climb coming out. Very low gears and a good knobby tire on the back are necessary, and even with them, I had to hand roll a front tire a few times. But as with the other ventures into the Green River Gorge, it was well worth the effort.