Big Four Ice Caves, Granite Falls

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  • It was a bit rainy the day we took the short hike to the ice caves. We didn’t hike up to the cave, but enjoyed the view from below. It was a nice outing with family including 4 month old grandchild  more »
  • We are from southern MN and there aren't any mts to hike. We don't do much walking. My son said we should try it. We took our time, stopped for lunch. We made it, great photos.  more »
  • The hike (1 mile in) was more impressive than the actual ice caves. An easy family friendly hike with lots of nature viewpoints along the way. Obey the warning signs about getting close to or going in...  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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