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I live this hike. The caves are beautiful

So pretty!

hiking
3 days ago

Just did this trail today. It was my sister and my 2 children ages 11 and 8 and they loved it! We did Ape Trail that was above ground and once we got done we walked back and then went underground. I’m not sure which one we did I’m seeing a lot of posts where people say they did the Upper Cave area but crawled and we didn’t crawl at all. It was an open area cave but pitch black. I used a head flash light and my cell light and my kids had their own lights as well. We didn’t finish the cave trail due to my son sprang his ankle . The terrain is very unsteady so watch your step. Other than that it was really fun and awesome. I’m definitely coming back but more in the spring or summer time. Happy Hiking!

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.

hiking
4 days ago

Fun little walk with great views of the lake! Good for all experience levels and ages. There are many areas to pop off the trail and go for a swim if the weather is nice. Some of the trail is poorly marked as well.

One of my favorite hikes. Pretty views of the lake. Tourist season can get a little trashy. We bring bags and pick up trash.

Did the upper caves (the challenging ones) and absolutely adored it. It gets a bit challenging in some parts but I wouldn’t consider it very hard. I enjoyed all the way.
I would recommend wearing a nice coat since the temperature is Lower downt there and definitely two sources of light (head lamp and flashlight will do) some light gloves might be helpful as well and I wouldn’t take kids younger than 8 or 9 (not only for the physical part but the fact that it’s completely dark and might find it scary)

By the way, you will need a permit in dashboard of the car to park in the lot.

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.

My dog and I went for a short hike today. Trail was clean with plenty of parking. Great easy hike. We only went 1.7 miles out. Highly recommend for novices like me.

hiking
9 days ago

Did both caves. Did this hike without hiking baby. And I would never do this with hiking baby. Helmet is a good idea for upper trail. Recommend 2 sources of light. 1 for use 1 for backup. You do not want to be in the upper cave without light. Rope is installed for 8ft climb. Was completely alone on upper cave. Honestly not smart to do upper cave alone. Learned my lesson on that one. I am a big guy and there is a lot of tight spaces. But I did it with a camera bag and backpack. Was alone for most of the lower cave.

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.

such a beautiful trail. can't wait to go back

It was beautiful trail inside and out. We had our 1 year old son on my husband's back and were able to do about 95% of the cave until it was just too small to crawl through with a child on your back. the terrain is a but rough for a child under 4 to walk. We loved it.

Super easy hike to the really cool caves!

Super easy hike. The lower cave is very roomy and it’s a clear path back and out. It was a surreal experience as a first time cave-goer. My only complaint is that a duo near us had clearly been disregarding the signs not to smoke cigarettes in the cave. Without the side of fresh air, it felt like we were walking through an ashtray most of the way.

We went to the side of the upper cave. We reached a point where it seemed like it ended, so we turned around. When we were finished and left the caves and referred to the maps...we realized we hadn’t pushed on far enough and there was more to the upper cave. Will definitely go back to try it out.

Good lights- yes...I went cheap on a headlamp and it wasn’t quite bright enough for my liking

It was quite wet and drippy in there...a raincoat was nice to have.

Good, sturdy shoes. The ground is quite uneven.

hiking
23 days ago

Fun hike, went backwards starting from the upper caves. Completed 10-14-18

25 days ago

Great walk nice views of the lake.

hiking
26 days ago

I ran through the cave basically... really wired if you know what I mean.

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.

Beautiful hike with fall leaves. Trail is closed near the end so can’t get to the tunnel. Still worth the hike. We are new hikers and this was perfect. It’s down hill first then quite flat.

hiking
1 month ago

didn’t expect to do this underground cave today because we didn’t have proper lights. we were just going to hang out by the entrance to take pictures, but got so excited and amused by the scenes that we decided to carry on the upper (more difficult) trail using our iphones as lights. highly suggest using head lamps as you want your hands free. it’s flat rock at time, but there are a lot of boulders you need to climb.

i liked entering through the main cave entrance and taking the ground trail back to the parking lot. if i did it vice versa i would’ve probably been more uneasy taking the cave back.

it was my first cave experience / hike, but overall, i highly recommend.

1 month ago

Amazing view.

1 month ago

nice and easy trail for an afternoon hike

nice little hike through the woods and by a beautiful river. stopped when we got to a bunch of trees that were down, but now realizing we could have climbed over and gone further, will go back to check it out. probably wouldn't drive a long distance to do this hike.

great hike! sooo much to see. did the hike clockwise, which i recommend especially with kids. the lower loop has so much history and the upper loop has great views.

Fun little outing! We did this after Steamboat Rock. Interesting rock formations and history. Would be good for family's.

Serene and perfect for a weekend afternoon

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic double waterfall a little over one mile in over easy terrain. A little past that it gets a little tougher with a few switchbacks up to another waterfall. At this point the trail continues on meandering through the woods before finally ending at the river. A nice 9 miles in and out with enough elevation gain to make it a workout. No bugs this time of year. Not too crowded; easy parking 11am on a sunny Sunday.

1 month ago

An easy going hike for some exercise

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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