Site: Ice Cave Picnic Area

Area Status: Not Cleared

Snow covered staircase leads down into a darkened cave.

A group of forested picnic areas with tables and fire rings are located adjacent to the Ice Cave, a popular 650 foot long cave that has a beautiful display of ice stalactites and ice stalagmites early in the season. When exploring the cave bring a flashlight/headlamp plus a back-up and a warm jacket even in summer months, as the cave remains cool.

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.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 5/4/2021:Road is blocked by snow at the intersection of the spur road leading to the cave and FR24. The cave entrance steps are very icy and dangerous to navigate. To access the ice cave during the winter months, park at Atkisson Sno-park & snowshoe, ski, or hike to the cave (2 miles roundtrip). A WA Sno-Park permit is required for vehicles Dec. 1 -March 31. Contact Mt. Adams Ranger District for current information (509) 395-3402.
Fees $5/vehicle/day 
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Whenever visting any caves please help protect bats and keep caves open. Learn more about White Nose Syndrome and how to help prevent it's spread.
Closest Towns: Trout Lake, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment 
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mt. Adams Ranger District

General Information


From Trout Lake, Washington drive west on Highway 141/Forest Road 24 for about 5 miles. After crossing the forest boundary travel about a mile to the well signed turn on to spur road 031 that goes to the Ice Cave.

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