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“Neat but overused”
Review of Big Four Ice Caves

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Reviewed 21 August 2014

This is a neat land formation to see. You can not deny that. But my god, it is more touristy then Disney World. I'm surprised they don't sell T-shirts at the Trailhead. It's completely packed with noisy folks, and you just can't fully enjoy it. I'd save your steps and go somewhere you can really experience nature.

Thank MrsAJG1111
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

One of a kind place!! You may have seen snow or Ice or mountains or all, but this place is unique. (or to my knowledge and if you happen to know any thing similar to this, let me know and I will explore them!)
Its a beautiful hike (shaded with a bit of incline, couldn't be more than 100-200 ft) and a few picture points on the way. The ice caves itself were visible from a distance and I visited end of July!!! No rush friends. Caves were about 10-12 foot high with a very cool breeze coming in at the caves opening (take a jacket if visiting earlier in the months). All along the area, you would find beautiful meadows with flowers blooming (at least in summer) everywhere.
For parking, this place offers plenty of parking spots, but make sure you stop ahead and get a day pass ($5) from a visitor center which is about 10-14 miles from the location. If you miss this, you could get to the spot and fill in a form, but I don't think you would get a receipt or decal to place in the car (chances are you may get a ticket or fine)!
Worth visiting this place, must go!!!! Hope you guys enjoy this as much as we did!

2  Thank Sandesh K
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Worth going to! Beautiful drive from Granite Falls thru scenic woodsy Mountain Loop Highway. Spectacular views of jagged peaks of the North Cascades and waterfalls along the well-maintained 2.5RT trail to the ice caves viewpoint.

Thank Rudisnews
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Amazing hike and easy walk for families with kids. Only slight grade to trail and the pay off is worth it. Views are beautiful and the cool, crisp air pouring out from the caves is so refreshing on a hot summer day.

Thank jenchi4
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

It's about a 90 minute drive from downtown Seattle, but worth it in every way. Just head up I-5 to Everett and take a right through Lake Stevens and Granite Falls. You can stop at Omega Pizza & Pasta in Granite Falls for some great pizza & Greek food on the way in or out.

There is a $5.00 use fee for the park and there are restroom facilities to use before or after your hike to the ice caves.

The trails are meticulously maintained. It's a gentle uphill grade winding through ferns & pines, shade and sunshine (on my day). When you get to the ice caves, you will enjoy air conditioned breezes to cool you off. The waterfalls help hollow out the ice caves made of snow drifts.

Never enter an ice cave. We watched one collapse while we were there.

4  Thank The_Traveler_2013
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