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The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is one of the most visited forests in the country. Located on the west side of the Cascades between the Canadian border and Mt. Rainier National Park, you will find glacier-covered peaks, spectacular mountain meadows and old-growth forests rich in history and outdoor opportunities.
Just finished this trail, It was stunningly beautiful sadly there was to much snow and it completely covered the entrance to the cave. Because of the snow the road was also closed so we had to walk almost 3 miles just to get to the start of the trail in quite a bit of snow. With out a few feet of snow I bet this trail would be easier, in the conditions we went in I would say moderate or even hard. Still worth it and will be coming back!
Trail had 3-4ft of snow and we also had to walk 2 miles to the trail because they closed the road due to how much snow there was. But the 2miles of walking was on compacted snow. So we parked at the turnaround and walked the 2 miles. Theres so much snow on the ice caves you cannot even see where they are located. So for someone first time there you'll just end up at a mountain side covered in snow pretty much. Still was a good walk/hike. (You don't climb much elevation)
Did this one during the summer, it was alright but during the winter it was a different ballgame while snowshoeing.
The winter scenery of the forest and many frozen waterfalls gave this a little more appeal than during the summer. We camped out over night and the sunrise over mt shuksan was awesome. It was a fairly difficult snowshoe in deep powder the entire way. We had to snowshoe from the fork in the hannegan pass road at nooksack cirque road, which added some length to our trip. Would not recommend it as a day snowshoe trip, took a very long time through difficult terrain.
Very quick and easy hike, the whole trail and road leading to the trail was snowy and we had to hike 2.5 miles from our car to get to the trailhead. The caves were snowed in but there was a nice lake that was frozen over at the top. Great view, especially in the winter.
Beautiful trail, can be very busy. It's a very easy trail surrounded by views and the ice caves at the end of the trail are a must see. Please do go into the caves, its reckless and not worth your life. People have died going into the caves or even to close to the caves can be deadly. There are signs posted warning of the dangers and they mark where you should stop due to it no longer being safe past the marker. I do recommend the trail for the sights, as long as you head the warnings it is a very safe hike great for the little ones.