Big Four Picnic Area


This day use area has several picnic tables and barbeque grills surrounding the grounds of the former Big Four Inn, which burned to the ground in 1949. The spectacular scenery from the picnic area makes this a perfect picnic place for visitors of all ages. While some in the group may not choose to hike the rest could hike the easy, one mile hike to the Ice Caves. (NEVER enter the caves)

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open year-round
Reservations: Verlot Public Service Center 360-691-7791
Fees $5/vehicle/day
Open Season: January
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring/Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Dogs on leash/day use only
Closest Towns: Granite Falls, Washington
Water: No drinking water
Restroom: Six accessible pit toilets
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment. 
Operated By: Darrington Ranger District, Verlot Public Service Center
Information Center: Darrington Ranger District, phone #360-436-1155, Verlot Public Service Center 360-691-7791

General Information


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From Verlot Public Service Center, travel 14.5 miles east on the Mt. Loop Scenic Byway. The picnic area is located on the south side of the highway, just beyond the Big Four Trailhead.

General Notes:

This picnic area has large parking areas and is popular for family gatherings with no reservations required or available.


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