Big Four Ice Caves Trail: Closed for the Season

Darrington, WA– Erosion damage to the footing of the footbridge crossing the South Fork Stillaguamish River has prompted the Forest Service to remove a section of the bridge. This is to prevent total loss of the bridge in high water conditions.  The trail is closed for the foreseeable future, a temporary structure may be used pending runoff conditions and a structural inspection of the remaining section of the bridge.

The Big Four Picnic Area and elevated boardwalks may still be utilized at this time.  

Vehicle access to the trailhead is expected to close in the near future from Deer Creek, 23 miles east of Granite Falls and Bedal Creek, 17 miles south of Darrington as part of a seasonal winter closure. The Forest Service requests that recreationists not block the turnaround when parking. While the road may be closed to vehicles, walking and bicycling beyond the gate is allowed.