Big Four Ice Caves Trail

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Big Four Ice Caves Trail is a 3 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
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
410 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cave

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

snow

Please check park website for current status of trails and roads. Roads and trails may be closed through June.

hiking
2 days ago

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.

hiking
5 days ago

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

8 days ago

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.

hiking
12 days ago

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.

13 days ago

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

hiking
19 days ago

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.

hiking
21 days ago

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

24 days ago

I live this hike. The caves are beautiful

27 days ago

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
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

Super easy hike to the really cool caves!

1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

Easy hike with great views.

2 months ago

Good casual hike

2 months ago

Very easy hike with stunning views of the mountains. It’s like you’re in a little basin cove and the ice caves are beautiful! Took two dogs there and we loved all the waterfalls.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail enjoyed while I carried a two month old and my husband carried our two year old. Flat in the beginning on a gravel trail/boardwalk, several bridges over streams. Fairly easy hike up with about 200’ gain and beautiful view of the mountain, waterfall, and caves once you reach the top. The rangers at the top were very nice and available to answer questions. On the way back down stopped to let the toddler throw some rocks in the river. We will be back! Note that you need a NW Forest pass to park and the kiosk at the trailhead is not currently operational so stop at the Verlot ranger station on the way for a pass.

3 months ago

Very easy hike. Beautiful scenery once you get up to the caves. I've hiked it twice in the last 3 weeks.

3 months ago

Great for a family trip!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike for kids with an amazing view. This was my niece's first hike (3 years) and she did well, but tired by the end. The rangers at the top were great about answering questions and explaining to my kids how the caves formed and why they were dangerous. Please listen to all the signs and do not go inside!

3 months ago

We did this hike today and it's beautiful. The first cave is easily accessible however the others require little effort but worth it. There was a water curtain due to a small water fall behind the cave in the last one. It was worth taking the effort to go up till there. We actually entered and experienced the cave from inside however one of the cave, which was small and fragile collapsed right behind us, be careful and don't risk.

hiking
3 months ago

8/15/18
So cool, I really enjoyed this unique place. The hike to the ice caves is relatively short and there’s not much elevation gain, it’s one of those easy hikes to a really great payoff. I walked around to all of the caves, the one further up around the bend is shorter but has a neat waterfall that’s easily visible at the back. I would definitely come back here.

4 months ago

We did this hike on July 29th. This is an easy hike that our 3 year old can easily walk himself. Even though it’s a short hike, I still recommend bringing water. A great place to pack a picnic.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike. Well maintained "manicured" pathway that's friendly to visitors of all abilities including kids on strollers. Trail ends near the caves and many will go off the trail to get close at their own risk.

4 months ago

Neat, short trail. Decent little hike. Very public-friendly. Prone to crowds. Amazing views. Was very rainy before the holiday this year, but still well-worth the hike. LOTS of dogs

4 months ago

Great easy hike! My 6 year old had no trouble going there and back and even we spent time "exploring" the edges of the ice caves for a few hours before heading back. No T-mobile cell service shortly after getting onto mountain loop highway. Our only complaint today were the aggressive flies near the end of trail near the ice caves.

hiking
4 months ago

Lovely evening walk 30 mins. in and 30 mins. out, the trail is so easy you could push your grandma in a wheel chair, well almost. Saw 3 people do it in flip flops. Berries available for snacking. Cave made it's own fog and it was visible at 8pm, very cool to see. Waterfalls are full and many. Lot's of downed trees in avalanche zone from a windstorm years back. LOVE this walk and nice picnic tables with a mountain view near first parking lot. Go late and avoid the crowds and enjoy the bird calls.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a BEAUTIFUL hike up to the caves with an even more beautiful finish. It was fairly easy if you’re well and able to hike at a small incline.

4 months ago

Really pretty trail! Very scenic but highly populated. Make sure to go to all the caves! The last one was by far the best! Very easy trail

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