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The hike (1 mile in) was more impressive than the actual ice caves. An easy family friendly hike... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2017
Athan S
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Granite Falls, Washington
Interesting place

There is an easy 1 mile walk on a boardwalk and path to a good view point. There were people close... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
marj23
,
Amesbury, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

The hike (1 mile in) was more impressive than the actual ice caves. An easy family friendly hike with lots of nature viewpoints along the way. Obey the warning signs about getting close to or going in the ice cave formations, they are dangerous and...More

2  Thank Athan S
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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

There is an easy 1 mile walk on a boardwalk and path to a good view point. There were people close to the entrance and 1 person climbing outside the cave but there have been deaths so this is not a good idea. The caves...More

2  Thank marj23
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Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

Large but much of it gone in September. Beautiful area and great walk. All board walk or gravel/dirt path. Not strenuous to the average person.

1  Thank Dale M
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

Great place to hike but better not go with limited crowd. We went hiking with 2 cars parked (one is ours) in the parking lot. Came back with our window glass broken and all stuffs in the car gone, even charging wires and apartment parking...More

1  Thank Seven D
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

about 30 min hike from the parking lot, and enjoy the ice caves and vertical rock cliff. required Northwest Forest Pass ($5/day for a car) - can purchase at the station in high season, but would be better to get it online in advance.

1  Thank k_sarah
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

Although it was August and around the 80's ,we got cooled off at the ice caves, take a raincoat jacket if you plan to enter the caves, but be carefull as they are not stable. The hike is easy and beautiful.

1  Thank Dannyshula
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

It is only slightly more than a mile to walk from the Big Four picnic area to the Ice Caves, located in a cirque at the base of Big Four Mountain. Snow avalanches into this cirque all Winter and Spring, leaving a massive ramp of...More

1  Thank ALFriedman
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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Boardwalk to the first cave. Harder hike/rock climb to the last three but it's so worth it! If you have a filter bottle or Sawyer on your camel bak stop by cave three for the best refill ever! Be careful around the caves. Don't go...More

1  Thank rusty_fwg
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

As part of our drive in the North Cascades we stopped for the 1 mile hike to the snow fields. While the trail was busy, it did not take away from the beauty.

1  Thank Lloyd W
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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

We planned to hike to the Ice Caves during our five day stay in Washington. It was well worth the drive. So happy the ice caves were still in tact. We were able to walk close to the caves and feel the power of nature's...More

1  Thank DivingGurl
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Grace S
1 April 2018|
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Response from Athan S | Reviewed this property |
No. The highway (Mountain Loop) to Big Four is closed approximately 11 mi from Granite Falls. There are other hiking trails (Lake 22 trailhead) that is open.
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Fernandez F
15 March 2018|
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Response from Athan S | Reviewed this property |
The trail to the ice caves won't be accessible until late May early June.
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