Big Four Ice Caves Trail

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Big Four Ice Caves Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, WA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.4 miles 374 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

snow

From Granite Falls follow the Mountain Loop Highway east for 26 miles to the trailhead, on the right (elev. 1750 ft). Privy available. You can also hike from the Big Four Picnic Area, which is 0.5 mile before (west of) the caves trailhead off of the Mountain Loop Highway.

5 hours ago

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.

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1 month ago

2 months ago

not much of a challenge. nice trail. super easy. better in the winter when u can see caves. summer isn't much to see for caves

2 months ago

Great view! The hike is pretty easy nice walk. The ice caves were a sight to see.

2 months ago

very easy hike for kids.

2 months ago

it was awesome

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3 months ago

this was a great one I get a while back with my daughter and it gave us a work out :)

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3 months ago

Easy hike for all levels.

3 months ago

Easy, fun, lovely trail, quite packed which is not my thing at all but one you get up to the caves there is plenty of space to spread out. Went in later fall and got to walk pretty deep in to the caves without feeling nervous about any collapsing! All my pics from up there were perfect! I had both my dogs with me, lil and big and they very much enjoyed themselves as well! :)

3 months ago

Leisure trail for almost anyone to hike. Great for beginner hikers. Well maintained with amazing views. Ice caves are a spectacular sight to see. Looking forward to hiking this in the spring when the snow is melting & waterfalls are raging.

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4 months ago

sunny, fun little hike. ice caves were like standing in front of a freezer. good times

4 months ago

Always a solid choice for a quick getaway.

4 months ago

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5 months ago

Amazing views of the surrounding mountains... But this is certainly not something that will fill an entire day

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5 months ago

It was a beautiful very photogenic hike. Easily handled the climb. Just sad to see that they are so deminished. I was there 30 years ago.

5 months ago

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5 months ago

Great hike for the whole family. The waterfalls around the ice caves make for great photo ops.

6 months ago

loved the hike, awesome view.. would go again..

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6 months ago

Day started out overcast and drizzly. Had previously completed the Lime Kiln Trail and decided to tack this short hike on. Two parking lots, picnic area and main parking lot. We parked in the main parking lot and there were maybe 6 cars in the whole lot. Great day for hiking with so little foot traffic. Couldn't see the top of the mountains, but still very impressive. Trail is very clearly marked and very easy. Trail is paved, wooden walkways and gravel. Lots of signage regarding the dance of the ice caves. Once you come out of the trees, trail is lined with rocks and ends in a large circlular area with a few boulders to sit on in the middle. Plaque for the young girl that died in the caves. Not so great, no actual "caves" to see, very early in the year and not enough time for the snow to melt and create the caves. There is snow, just no caves. Did not venture further out to see the other snow piles and waterfalls. Trying to keep it safe.