Hike to the Big Four Ice Caves

2.2 Miles Round Trip - 200 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Big Four Ice Caves - Search Nearby - Added by Michael Matti

Explore unique ice caves on this easy hike that the whole family can enjoy. Remember, the inside of the cave is very dangerous, with potential for falling ice.

Disclaimer: Hiking into the caves is extremely dangerous as there is potential for the ice to fall. We do not recommend hiking inside of them and if you choose to do so, you're doing it at your own risk.

This is a short hike at just 2.2 miles roundtrip with little elevation change. The hike takes you through the forest to the side of Big Four Mountain where the Big Four Ice Caves are. The official trail ends at the viewpoint of the first cave entrance but you can walk further or even go inside the cave if you choose. There are plenty of warning signs and people have died inside these caves so please be careful, use your best judgement, and enter at your own risk. It is really wet inside the cave and almost feels like a light rain if the ice is melting and dripping. At the back of the cave is the waterfall that carved the cave.

For the location of the hike Google these coordinates: 48.067916, -121.514354

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Photography
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic

Details

2.2 Miles
200 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Great to look at but be super careful before venturing inside. 1 person died and 4 were injured in a collapse just yesterday. Don't go inside if there is fresh snow on the mountain because of avy danger or when it is warm and/or direct sunlight because the cave is susceptible to collapse.

Theres a waterfall on the right of the ice cave. It's a short hike up.

The cave was unreal. There are signs warning that it is dangerous to enter, but the temptation is hard to resist and the sights were worth it.