Big Four Ice Caves, Granite Falls

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  • Beautiful walk and I was rewarded by gorgeous views at the end. Unfortunately, I did come a little early in the year to see the ice caves; they were only just starting to form when I went (start of Ma...  more »
  • The trail is a little tough for a stroller but very pretty with lots of creeks & streams. Don't forget to stop and pay your parking fee at the gate. Bathrooms are basic without running water or flushi...  more »
  • Easy hike, beautiful views and historical place. Stay out of ice caves, can be dangerous! Great place for a picnic. Kid friendly Hike.  more »
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  • Easy mile and a quarter hike to awesome view of caves hallowed out of ice on the side of a mountain, with tiny waterfalls. Very cool, in more ways than one. As you approach the caves you can feel the temperature drop. Just don't go inside the ice caves--too dangerous. A young girl died there once when a block of ice fell on her.
  • Easy hike from parking lot. Very well maintained. A couple spots would be difficult for elderly or disabled but majority of people can make it no problem. Even good for small kids. Just take your time and enjoy the hike. Also, usually a good number of people about for safety.
  • Beautiful scenery and interesting ice caves well worth a stop and the short hike to them. Don't go in them! There's a plaque there dedicated to Grace Lam, a young girl who tragically died when she entered a cave and a slab of ice fell on her.
  • An amazing experience and beautiful scenery. It felt other worldly. You can stand in a spot and be cold on one side of your body and hot on the other if you go on a Summer’s day. It’s a nice hike from the car parking lot to the cave.
  • Though the ice caves aren't really open anymore since they caved a few years back, it is still a place with breaktaking views. There are small waterfalls coming from the side of the mountain and disappearing into the large buildups of ice at the base. The trail from the parking to the "caves" is about 20-30 minutes with not much incline. It's a amazing place for pictures and maybe a picnic, though if you're looking for a long/intense hike, there are more spots nearby in the national forest to check out. All-in-all, it's a beautiful spot to check out and won't be disappointed, as long you aren't expecting to enter the ice caves. Feel free to view my pictures for reference.
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