Big Four Ice Caves Trail

Silverton, Washington

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Hikers have been marveling at these frozen spectacles of nature for over a century. Reached by one of the most manicured trails in the Cascades, Big Four’s famed ice caves can be enjoyed by hikers of all walks. Formed from cascading water and warm winds hollowing out heaps of avalanche-deposited snow, the caves usually appear by midsummer. Instead of immediately heading for the caves, take a short diversion right, following a paved path 0.25 mile to the Big Four Picnic Area. This trail was once a rail line and was responsible for delivering thousands of tourists to a grand hotel where the picnic area now sits.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Hikers have been marveling at these frozen spectacles of nature for over a century. Reached by one of the most manicured trails in the Cascades, Big Four’s famed ice caves can be enjoyed by hikers of all walks. Formed from cascading water and warm winds hollowing out heaps of avalanche-deposited snow, the caves usually appear by midsummer.

Instead of immediately heading for the caves, take a short diversion right, following a paved path 0.25 mile to the Big Four Picnic Area. This trail was once a rail line and was responsible for delivering thousands of tourists to a grand hotel where the picnic area now sits.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Silverton
Distance: 2.2
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: May–Nov
Trailhead Elevation: 1,700 feet
Top Elevation: 1,900 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District, or Verlot Public Service Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Silverton No. 110
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Four Ice Caves Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/19/2009
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Yes the hike is easy, but for me this place holds special memories of when I was a kid camping with my family. This was my first time back in over 15 years. It was crowded, but I didn't mind. I was reliving my childhood, except this time there were no parents to tell me I couldn't go into the caves. =)


6/27/2009
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