Big Four Ice Caves
Jul 11, 2010
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Big Four Ice Caves
- Region: North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
- Agency: Darrington Ranger District
- Trails: Big Four Ice Caves (#723)
- Avg Rating: 3.88
- Hiking Companions
- Hiked with kids
I was under the impression that this was a flat hike so that took me by surprise. While the hike was easy enough, I am a beginner and the switchbacks and incline in the heat were a little tough and required me to stop a couple times just to catch my breath. I felt a little embarrassed as kids passed me by with no problem but everyone has to start somewhere, right :)
When we reached the ice caves I was blown away and it made the incline there worth every single step. Nothing is more refreshing than standing at the caves' entrance and feeling the gush of cold air whoosh across your entire body. Of course we took tons of pics and I'm still beaming with joy.
The hike down was awesome, isn't it always?! We made sure to hike down to the river for a little snack and water before hiking back to the car. My only downfall of the day was wiping my hand across a bunch of nettles within the first 5 minutes of our hike :)
This is a great hike, especially for beginners! I hope you have as much fun as I did!!