Ice Caves 2013


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Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA.<br />Big Four Mtn, named after a snowbank that looked like a "4" 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. The trail was wooden, suitable access for everyone at the start. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA 7/19/13 Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. Skunk Cabbage is a common plant in marshy areas. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA., Red Elderberry. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. Stillaguamish River Bridge. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. The creek from the Ice Caves joins the Stillaguamish river here below the bridge. 7/19/13 Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. Looking north, back at the bridge we crossed, Stillaguamish Peak in the background. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. Fran tries out a sort of shelter under a tree. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. The boardwalk continiues a distance beyond the bridge. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. Windstorms often knock the trees around up here. 7/19/13 Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. That is foam, which protects newly hatched beatles! 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. Tangled trees. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. <br />We are close to the Ice Caves now. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA.<br />The mountain sides are quite steep here. 7/19/13 Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. The Ice Caves are at the base of the snowbank behind Fran. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. <br />Ground dogwood. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA.<br />Mountain Spirea. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. Looking North, Stillaguamish Peak (left), Mt. Dickeman at right. 7/19/13 Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. Two openings at left, are the dangerous Ice Caves, with fog coming out of the left one. Prople have been killed when the caves collapse, or rocks fall from above and slide down the ice and strike people! 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. A better view of the Ice Caves. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA.<br />This accumulation of ice will last through the fall each year. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. Another Mountain Spirea bloom. 7/19/13 Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. Fran & I hiked up to a knoll on the west side of this canyon. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. More Ice Caves were seen from the knoll on the west side of the canyon. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. nice views... 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. We enjoyed a rest before going back down the trail. 7/19/13 Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. These Ice Caves "breath" 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. The sounds of water are a feature here. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. The trail down from the knoll has outstanding views. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. Tiger Lilies are pretty. 7/19/13 Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. One last look around before we go back to the car. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. This is what look like without the camera in my hand. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. Fran seldom passes places that she can climb on.... 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. A truncated tree. 7/19/13 Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. The Stillaguamish river is deep and clear as it passes under the bridge. 7/19/13Hike to the Ice Caves, Mtn Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. The area map shows many campgrounds and trails. 7/19/13
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