Hike of the Week - Big 4 Ice Caves Snowshoe

If you have never snowshoed before you may want to leave the dog at home for this one.  Dogs may need to stay on leash if it is busy, so that will make it more difficult.

  I am planning a weekly hike for those able to join me. They will be within an hour or so of Edmonds, run 6-8 miles with 1000 - 2000 feet elevation gain.  I may throw in an easy snowshoe in as well. These are intended to keep us in reasonable hiking condition so come spring and summer we aren't starting from scratch.  Do not be intimidated but come with the attitude that this is to improve your hiking.

In the event that my work schedule changes I will  notify attendees as soon as possible and may reschedule day and time. Always check this site for changes or cancellations due to weather or road conditions or any other life happenings that may affect this event.

GROUP HIKING
Hiking with a group is very different from hiking as an individual. Each hiker has a responsibility to the group, as the group has a responsibility to each hiker. Participants  should plan to stay with the group for the duration of the hike.


CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
Dress for the Pacific Northwest out-of-doors: expect rain, snow, sunshine, fog and everything between.

Yak Trax or Microspikes may be Manditory on this hike.  Please make sure you bring a pair along with you.  Winter has started in the mountains and can make for slippery conditions

HIKER ESSENTIALS
You Should Have:
BACK PACK WITH
FOOD, WATER,
EXTRA CLOTHING,
RAINGEAR,
FLASHLIGHT, MATCHES,
HIKING BOOTS OR HIKING SHOES,
MAP & COMPASS, FIRST AID KIT,
EMERGENCY SHELTER


Extra clothes, at minimum, should include a warm hat, gloves and a warm shirt/top. Cotton is not advised. Synthetic materials such as fleece and wool are better alternatives.
Some circumstances could require you to spend the night outside.
Being prepared is for your safety and the safety of the group.


Dogs are required to be leashed on this hike. If you decide you want to unleash your dog, it must be under voice control, stay on the trail, and away from leashed dogs. Give your self and dog adequate space from others. Please respect other hikers on the trail and restrain your dog when approaching or being approached by others

Basically, the closer in and more popular the hike and bigger the group the more insistent I am that dogs remain on leash. You should come expecting to have your dog leashed at all times.

This Week lets Snowshoe to Big Four Ice Caves


http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/big-four-ice-caves-snowshoe

Statistics

Roundtrip7.0 miles

Elevation Gain250 ft

Highest Point1800 ft

FeaturesRiversOld growthMountain views

User infoGood for kids, Dogs on Leash

Northwest Forest Pass required

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  • Kathy L.

    Beautiful day for an icy hike. Nice and short but still worth every step. Thanks for coming out today. Maybe we can try this again if we get some snow this year.

    January 25, 2014

  • Patty

    I would like to carpool with my 2 corgis :-) 164th ashway park and ride or Wal-Mart parking lot?

    January 24, 2014

    • Kathy L.

      Patty, ash way p&r at 9am. You and your dogs can have my back seat. Joan is coming with me too

      January 24, 2014

    • Patty

      Thank you we can go in my car if you want also, I will be at the 1st entrance at the park & ride and watching for you. I guess that would be the south end of ashway.

      January 24, 2014

  • Kathy L.

    New. Distance is about 2 - 2,5 miles round trip. If that isn't long enough for you there is another trail nearby about the same length you can do as well

    January 24, 2014

  • Kathy L.

    Let's still do it. Should be gorgeous. Don't forget your yak trax. Meet at granite falls mcdonalds/chevron at ten am and we can caravan from there. Seeing as we will be hiking a much shorter distance there is no need to start as early. Anybody want to carpool from lynnwood? I can take an extra passenger. My phone is[masked]

    January 24, 2014

    • Sevin B

      I am leaving from Mill Creek w my guest. If you want to ride w us, contact me at [masked]

      January 24, 2014

    • Vanessa

      What is the distance, now?

      January 24, 2014

  • Vanessa

    We are still planning on coming. Would like to know as soon as possible if you are rescheduling so there is time to plan a different adventure for tomorrow!

    January 24, 2014

  • Kathy L.

    The mountain loop hwy is still open so we will not be snowshoeing it. The trail itself is icy so yak trax or other traction devices are required for your shoes. You do need a NW forest pass (rats I thought I was going to get away with it for a few )more months.
    Does everybody still want to do this even if it is not a snowshoe? If not I can postpone again.
    Recent WTA Trail report:
    http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/trip_report.2014-01-22.9011950471

    Ranger Station Info:
    NOT CLEARED
    12/13/2013
    Snow - Compact snow and ice in the parking lot. The Ice Caves form in late summer and can collapse at any time DO NOT ENTER OR CLIMB ON ICE CAVES. Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.

    January 23, 2014

    • Sevin B

      I will still go. But I would also go later if you postpone.

      January 23, 2014

    • Janet A.

      I was looking forward to learning to snowshoe but would still be interested in a hike.

      January 23, 2014

  • Britt

    I wish this was on sunday instead...forgot my vocal competition is saturday and I don't think we'd get back in time.

    January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We can drive and have room for 3 more people.

    January 3, 2014

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