Big Four Ice Caves Family Photographer
Tanya, Lily, and I have been getting out of the city as much as possible lately and the website Tmber has been a great resource. I came across their video review of the Big Four Ice Caves and knew it would be a ton of fun for everyone. The next morning we packed up the toddler backpack and drove up into the Cascades for a day of fun.
Hiking to the caves is really quite easy and is only around 2.5 miles round trip. The path is really well maintained and you only gain a small amount of elevation throughout the entire trip. I even saw other parents wheeling their kids around on off-road strollers. Lily got the backpack treatment and she seemed to enjoy herself!
Seeing this amount of snow in June was really crazy. It was actually Lily's first time playing in snow and she didn't like it at first. There were a ton of rocks however, so she was happy as can be running around and collecting them. There were also mini waterfalls all over the place which were absolutely gorgeous.
Once she realized she could kick snow and it was hilarious, we were good to go. The Ice Caves were a big highlight thus far in our hiking expeditions!
More about the Big Four Ice Caves:
Big Four Mountain is a mountain in the Cascade Range of Washington, located 20.8 mi east of Granite Falls. The mountain is about 6,135 ft high and on its north flank, debris piles form from avalanches and are able to remain there year round because of the continuous shade provided by the mountain. During the summer, snow-melt streams flow beneath the debris piles and cause caves to be formed in the ice.
The Big Four Ice Caves trail #723 is one of the most popular hikes in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest attracting over 50,000 visitors per year. Frequently exceeding several hundred hikers per day, the trailhead's two separate parking areas are often filled beyond capacity occasionally forcing hikers to park along neighboring Mountain Loop Road.