Washington has a great deal of amazing caves that you can explore, but few of them are accessible in the winter. Don’t despair though because Washington also has ice caves. Seriously, what doesn’t our state have? Here are two stunning ice caves that you can explore in Washington this winter.

Big Four Ice Caves


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Big Four Ice Caves are probably Washingtons most well known ice caves and are popular year round. The caves are 3,168 feet long and located at the base of Big Four Mountain. You can use the Big Four Ice Trail to access them year round.

The caves are best admired from the outside and the WTA states to “never go into or climb on top of the Ice Caves.”

Where: Granite Falls, WA

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Guler Ice Cave


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The Guler Ice Cave is 650 feet long and located within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Visitors can find ice stalactites and ice stalagmites. Be sure to bring a flashlight/headlamp plus a back-up and a warm jacket when exploring the cave.

During winter visitors will need to park at Atkisson Sno-Park and walk in one mile to the cave where a Washington Sno-Park permit is required for vehicles Dec. 1 – March 31.

Where: Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Remember to use caution when exploring anything in nature, especially in winter. It’s important to be prepared, bring the right gear and know when it’s time to turn back. With that, enjoy the beautiful ice caves of Washington.