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Such stunning views this time of the year, I was "wowing" the entire time. The recent snow makes everything look even more beautiful. Went at 7:30 am today. Didn't find any other hikers even after I was about to leave.

stunning and well maintained trail. more of a walk than a hike, but the ice caves and waterfall are gorgeous!

as of 5 dec the road is still open. this a very pretty and easy hike. the frost is making it a bit slick but nothing to worry about. national forest pass is required or a national park pass as well.

Fun short hike for a family or group looking for something easy. Old growth trees are spectacular and there's a fun suspension bridge that crosses over a stream. The old NPS interpretation signs from the 70s are a bit over the top and probably due for removal, but otherwise this is a fun, easy trail if you have a group looking for a relaxed adventure.

I didn't get to record my hike, make sure you download the map before you leave home. Really easy hike, bring layers.
went 11/30 - rainy and at times muddy.
we only went up to the ice cave, did not go into the cave. beautiful views all around.
bathrooms at ice caves TH are closed.

Amazing trees.

Great mile hike in. Ice caves were enormous! Can’t wait to check it out in the summer.

Couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. Trail was snow covered but easy to maneuver on. Cave was absolutely stunning. Got to see a small avalanche happen while there.

Made for a great snow hike. Nice easy 2 miles.

I live this hike. The caves are beautiful

Short 2mi. round trip hike. The bridges are a little slick during the Winter months. Beautiful hike and the cave is breathtaking! A child friendly hike.

Our gps said there was a road closure but that was false. Got there with no issues. At some point the cave has collapsed a large portion. see pics. There is also a huge crack on the left side of cave. Also a crack in the upper center piece of the cave. Hiking baby did not go inside the cave. I went in and walked towards the back and there is an amazing waterfall in the back of the cave. After leaving the cave went further down the trail and if you stand next to the small opening you can feel a draft like a fan. Pretty neat. Further down there is another waterfall.

Easy trail. The ice caves are very cool. If you go inside of them there is a waterfall at the end. Because the caves are melting the ice drips from the roof, so prepare to get wet. Bring a flashlight.

Did this with two kids ages 4 & 8, they loved it. Definitely stop at bench lake first. Lots of bear tracks/scat so be aware.

Super easy hike to the really cool caves!

Great hike! Do this before driving to the view point so that the view is worth it☺️

Nice trail relaxing walk through the wood. You can safely walk closer to the ice then in june/july.
Great place for a short one-day ecapade from Seattle.

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1 month ago

wonderful walk. caught 2 deers eating leaves, and cute little birds flapping around. (some ate seeds out of my hand..not sure if allowed...they didnt mind)

Such a great little trail. I definitely recommend veering off and visiting bench lake. We were able to see a perfect reflection of Mount Rainier in the lake. We also saw 2 black bears and a lot of moose tracks around snow lake. Would definitely recommend.

Super easy trail, you can shorten the trip by leaving from the picnic area. Plenty of exploring options once you reach the caves and leave the trail, but apparently that's frowned upon due to all of the injuries. In early October you can safely walk up pretty far from the trail and still be well enough away from the caves. Many people were going inside the cave but it really is a bad idea. This trail is well worth the effort. I want to go back in winter. Be aware that the lack of difficulty also means MANY people in troves. Id suggest off season or weekday.

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2 months ago

Great hike though an ancient forest, we seen some very cool Red Cedar and Hemlocks. Great pic spot ant the suspension bridge.

Easy hike with great views.

Loved this so much. Great for young kids. Tip: bring a flashlight for kids so they can explore inside the logs.

Super easy trail, I love the bouncy bridge.
Absolutely beautiful location, was a bit crowded.

Hiked this trail to Bench Lake At the end of September. Absolutely stunning!! We had a beautiful day so the fall colors just popped. There are some decent climbs along the way but the trail is well maintained with built in steps. Our four year old loved it as it was interesting and challenging enough to keep him moving but not so over the top that he gave up. Highly recommend taking the spur trail down to the shore of bench lake-it is a bit of a “scramble” but again, the four year old did it and I had a baby in a frame carrier and made it just fine. About half way down the spur trail it forks-the trail to the right is a bit easier but both do end up on the shore.

Good casual hike

Beautiful fall colors and lots of opportunities for pictures. There are a lot of stair-like steps from 12-24+ inches both up and both directions. We were glad we brought our hiking poles. No bugs and light traffic in a Friday.

Gorgeous! This really is a great stroll through old growth forest. Very easy to navigate for all ages. Suspension bridge is fun and very doable by families. Paths through forest are planked to prevent tromping through old growth area. No dogs allowed. Also, you do enter into the national Park here so be sure you are prepared to buy the day pass for $30 or $55 for a year. (Cash and credit accepted). A great place to go after or during morning coffee walk. It’s just up hill from Packwood toward Sunrise. I say this since description says its outside Randle and when we first left I was thinking we were headed out to Randle area and it’s more Packwood/White Pass. A definite return spot for a morning walk just to get out if you don’t have a full day to be out. Facilities at trail start.

Nice walk with info signs.

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