Big Four Ice Caves Viewpoint

Granite Falls, Washington

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Want a walk through a gorgeous winter wonderland without a sweaty climb up a steep trail? This route offers all the beauty and majesty found in the wintry mountains without the strenuous workout usually required to see such splendor. It is perfect for taking the family on a gentle snowshoe stroll or for introducing newbies to the joys of snowshoeing. The trail is wide--actually, most of the "trail" is on a section of the unplowed Mountain Loop Highway--and flat, so first-timers can get the feel for walking on snowshoes without having to worry about climbing, crossing, or descending steep slopes. But despite its mild nature, this trail accesses some truly wild country.
Snowshoe Routes: Washington

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Snowshoe Routes: Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Want a walk through a gorgeous winter wonderland without a sweaty climb up a steep trail? This route offers all the beauty and majesty found in the wintry mountains without the strenuous workout usually required to see such splendor. It is perfect for taking the family on a gentle snowshoe stroll or for introducing newbies to the joys of snowshoeing.

The trail is wide--actually, most of the "trail" is on a section of the unplowed Mountain Loop Highway--and flat, so first-timers can get the feel for walking on snowshoes without having to worry about climbing, crossing, or descending steep slopes. But despite its mild nature, this trail accesses some truly wild country.

© 2015 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Granite Falls
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: January through March
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails: Silverton No. 110
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Four Ice Caves Viewpoint

Recent Trail Reviews

1/29/2007
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Although you are walking on the road most of the way, the scenery is wonderful. Don't expect to get to the Ice Caves this winter; the bridge is damaged and is pointing downstream. You can cross the frigid water but getting to that point can be hard.


12/30/2006
0

Snow level good however bridge has been washed out...disappointment after 2 mile hike into area. The compact snow more ideal for cross country ski than snow shoe.



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