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Big Four Ice Caves Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 488 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

cave

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

muddy

snow

NOTE: As of June 02, 2020, bridge is closed so hikers may not be able to complete this hike as mapped. Great easy hike to absolutely stunning waterfalls on the upper cave! While there you may hear a lot of rumbling from ice falls or even witness the collapse of an ice bridge! Visiting the Ice Caves is definitely fun and it's a must-see in the summer time. Note: There may be avalanche danger because there is always an inherent chance of being struck by falling ice or an avalanche depending on how close you get to the ice caves. Never go in or on top of the ice caves. Always proceed with caution and never go beyond your own abilities and understand your limitations.

hiking
3 days ago

Waded through the river since the bridge was out. Cold water and slippery rocks but it wasn’t bad and was well worth it! Would suggest bringing some water shoes or something instead of trying barefoot. Was easy with shoes on. A little awkward getting back onto the trail but we just shimmy-ed across a couple trees on the right.

hiking
bridge out
6 days ago

hiking
snow
10 days ago

Incredible! Beautiful waterfall if you brave inside the ice caves. Warning it’s very dangerous. Visited September 2018.

hiking
bridge out
12 days ago

Beautiful and easy trail to get to. Like most people say, the bridge is out but you can still do about a half mile hike to the river and hang around there. It's beautiful still between the mountains.

hiking
bridge out
19 days ago

Incase anyone’s wondering the bridge to cross the river to get to the caves is still out and will be out for a long long time. I just got off the phone with the Darrington forest ranger station and they said they have no plans on fixing the bridge the end. Super disappointing. If it’s ever fixed I’ll delete my post

hiking
icy
muddy
19 days ago

Easy hiking! Breathtaking experience in the caves.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
20 days ago

This trail is perfect for kids. Bridge is closed so be prepared to just do the trail loop or enjoy playing around the river. Bring bug spray tons of bugs out there.

hiking
20 days ago

Visited in late February of 2015, was a pretty easy hike with amazing views. Definitely my favorite hike I did while living in Washington.

bridge out
1 month ago

I was there today and the bridge was out. I decided to cross the river and i was successful help of the peace of stick and with little bit of struggle. The river water was so cold and it was very slippery while passing thru the river. Don't cross the river if you have kids hiking with you, it's dangerous. Overall easy hike if you can pass the river and the view at the end of the hike is worth it. There is more then 10 waterfalls on the mountain...so beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Short and easy hike. Saw a few snakes on the way.

hiking
bridge out
closed
1 month ago

Bridge is out (like literally gone) over the River in the beginning of the trail. Bummer.

1 month ago

I go every year, absolutely love it. Sad to see how it's changed though. p.s. the bridge is gone for the foreseeable future.

hiking
1 month ago

My mom was visiting and we went to check out the caves but one of the bridges was down leading up to the caves, about a half mile from them. No sign was posted about this and was very disappointing. I have been on this trail before with my kids and was very enjoyable and the exciting caves at the end made the hike worth it but not this time. Bummer!

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is pretty beginner/kid/limited abilities friendly. It is partially paved and then mostly gravel after the first half mile, and close to no elevation. There is a bridge to cross a river as well. We brought our family visiting from out of town (who are not very hiking-inclined) and they really enjoyed it. Please please please be respectful of the danger the cave itself poses. There was a large leaning chunk of ice (easily 8 feet tall by 4 feet wide) that a lot of other people were poking and prodding, not realizing that it could have fallen on them. Just be careful and don’t put yourself in harm’s way. Take in the grandeur of the cave from a safe distance!

hiking
bridge out
1 month ago

The road closed two miles from trailhead. Bridge is still not in use. I attempted crossing river but it was not passable unless you go past waist deep freezing water. Could be passable in warmer conditions but don’t recommend doing it alone.

hiking
bridge out
closed
1 month ago

Roads closed 2 miles before the trailhead. Bridge to the ice caves is out so bring appropriate footwear for crossing the river.

hiking
blowdown
closed
icy
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

One of the family favorite. Definitely a must for tour bucket list.

mountain biking
blowdown
bridge out
icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

mountain bike to ice caves!

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