Big Four Ice Caves Trail

Silverton, Washington 98358

Big Four Ice Caves Trail

Big Four Ice Caves Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Big Four Ice Caves Trail Reviews

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7/19/2009
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. =)
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6/27/2009
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Trail Information

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

Activity Feed

Jul 2018