Big Four Ice Caves

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Trail Name Big Four Ice Caves
Trail No. 723
Nearest City Verlot
State/Region Washington
Country United States
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Type Out-and-Back
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Season July-October
Difficulty Rating
Distance 2.2 Miles Round Trip
Elevation Gain 200 Feet
Low Point 1700 Feet
High Point 1900 Feet
Latitude 48.067612
Longitude -121.514325
Trip Reports Big Four Ice Caves
User Rating
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Trail Overview

This is a very easy family hike that will take you to a spectacular ice cave. The cave is amazing, about 25 feet wide 20 feet tall and 100 feet deep. The cave is formed by snow sliding off the mountain from avalanches and piling up at the base of a rock cliff. As the snow melts a waterfall bores a way through the back of the snow mound and hollows out a tunnel all the way through the snow pile.

How to get there

Follow State route 92 to Granite Falls and continue East on Mountain Loop Highway. Travel for approximately 25 Miles to the Big Four Ice Caves Trail Head parking lot.

Route Description

The trail meanders South out of the parking lot and crosses a very impressive 100+ foot aluminum bridge. The trail then follows a very well graveled trail complete with boardwalks through sections. At 0.75 miles there is a bridge that is washed out that has a path that drops to the left to cross the stream. At 1.1 miles you reach the open avalanche field where you have a great view of the ice caves.

Typical Conditions

Trail is very well maintained and is graveled for most the way with boardwalks. A view boardwalks are broken with 1 bridge that's out. The bridge has a short detour to the right to cross the stream.

Fees, Permits, etc.

  • Northwest Forest Pass required to park at this trail head. The pass is available at National Forest offices and visitor centers, via private vendors or online. Note that WTA and some other vendors listed do not carry day passes.

After the Hike

Lake Stevens has some great food.

Miscellaneous Information

Entering the Ice Caves is very dangerous and they should not be entered.


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