Guler Ice Caves

4/5 (3 reviews)
Trout Lake, Washington (Skamania County)
Last Updated: 10/19/2022

Trail Information


The Guler Ice Cave is the main cave in an area of many, though the others are not publicized to reduce vandalism, and to protect the bats that live in these caves. It’s cold and filled with moist air, and ice can be present year-round. For this reason, it is recommended that you bring flashlights, warmer clothing, and sturdy footwear when exploring the caves. The cave stretches for 650 feet and has multiple entrances and exits, though crawling and fitting through tighter passages will become necessary as you continue deeper into the cave. For more infomation about the hiking visit Washington Trails Associaton. The Guler Ice Cave was created by lava tubes from the nearby Mt. Adams 12,000 to 18,000 years ago. The caves were known by Native Americans as well as early settlers to the region, and chunks of ice were taken from the caves and sent to towns along the Columbia River. The caves were later used by Mr. Christian Guler, who used them to store produce before taking them to the local market. There is a $5/vehicle/day fee, though the Northwest Forest Pass and National Park pass are also honored. Also, check the posted signs before entering the caves to ensure the safety of yourself, others, and the animals that live inside of the caves. This trail is part of the Washington Cascade Overland Route. Visit Overlanding Across Washington for more information, including which trails to take next.

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4/5 (3)
Official Crew
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 10/19/2022

The picnic area is closed for the season and the latrine is locked. When it is open there is a $5 day use fee payable with cash in a fee envelope or with a NWFP or Interagency Pass. Contact Mt. Adams Ranger District for current information (509) 395-3402.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/29/2020

Just drove this and there was 2 ft or so of snow with big ruts on the road. A HUGE puddle at the end and the ice was a bit tricky coming out of it. Fun and DIRTY.
Official Crew
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/11/2019

Before and after visiting the caves, make sure you clean your footwear and gear off to prevent the spread of the white nose bat syndrome. Also, no pets are allowed in the caves.

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