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Big Four Ice Caves Snowshoe

North Cascades

While this is a popular location to snowshoe in wintertime, there is high risk in winter from avalanches off the mountain that feeds these caves. Keep to the main trail, and do not venture onto the snowfields at the end of the route. Continue reading

Location

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
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Length

7.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 1800 ft.

Rating

3.90 out of 5

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  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

Trail closed: The bridge over the Stillaguamish River has been removed for repairs rendering the Big Four Ice Caves inaccessible

Never go into or climb on top of the Ice Caves

While this is a popular location to snowshoe in wintertime, there is high risk in winter from avalanches off the mountain that feeds these caves. Once off the road and on the true trail, keep to the main trail, and do not venture onto the snowfields at the end of the route. 

Big Four Ice Caves Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.0651, -121.5068 Open in Google Maps

Trailhead

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

Big Four Ice Caves (#723)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

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Getting There

From I-5 in Everett, take exit 194 for Snohomish/Wenatchee, then take exit 204 for Lake Stevens. Follow this road for 2 miles, then turn left onto Hwy 9/9N Granite Falls. Proceed for 1.5 miles, turn right onto E 92/Granite Falls. In 6 miles, come to a roundabout that has a log sign for Granite Falls. Take the following roundabout to Quarry Road and stay on it through two more roundabouts.

Come to a stop sign and turn left onto the Mountain Loop Highway. Drive to the Deer Creek Pass gate, which closes in the winter. Park considerately, so other folks can enjoy this area, and walk down the road to begin your hike.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

Trail closed: The bridge over the Stillaguamish River has been removed for repairs rendering the Big Four Ice Caves inaccessible

Never go into or climb on top of the Ice Caves

 

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