Spring has sprung—it’s time to dust off those hiking shoes for the 1st hike of 2015 at the Big Four Ice Caves!
About the trail:
This is a fairly easy hike. 2.2 round trip with an elevation gain of 220ft.
Option for non-hikers:
If you opt out of the hike there is a walking trail around the picnic area. You can enjoy the scenery till the hikers climb down and we can all eat together.
April 4th 11:00 am till 3:00 pm at the trailhead. (If you are carpooling please leave by 9:00 am for on time arrival)
Please pack a picnic for after the hike – you are also welcome to bring something to share!
Dress in layers in the event you get hot/cold, wear hiking boots as some spots are bound to be slippery with loose gravel and ice. For those with a sense of adventure you can scramble once we reach the caves (although it is not advisable).
Please let us know if you would like to volunteer to carpool or if you need a ride. Please bring $5 for gas money if you need a ride. Email us at email@example.com.
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. In 10 miles, pass the Verlot Ranger Station on the left. A mile after the ranger station, cross a blue and grey bridge. 13 miles from the bridge are two signs for the Ice Caves on the right hand side of the road. The first one will be for the picnic area. A quarter-mile beyond that is a sign marked Ice Caves Trailhead; turn in here. There is a paved parking lot with plenty of parking, vault toilets and a self-serve pay station for a one day Northwest Forest Pass, which is required for the trail.