Guler Ice Caves

Trout Lake, Washington (Skamania County)

Last Updated: 02/07/2020
4 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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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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Trailhead of NF-24-031/Guler Ice Caves.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Trout Lake, Washington

Head northwest on WA-141 N toward Jennings Rd for 5.8 miles. Continue onto Carson Guler Rd/NF-24 for 0.5 miles. Turn left onto NF-24-031.


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Jasmine & Jon Hughes

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Centered in the pinnacle of the Pacific NW and growing up cruising around the small town of Quilcene, Jasmine grew with a fascination and passion for outdoors and travel, many of those adventures fueled by the family's 1998 Jeep Cherokee. Years later, photography grew as a way to capture and share the adventures being had. After a road trip from Seattle to San Diego in a 1996 Jetta, a 4WD truck would be the next step in going further in photographing the wild places of the West. In December of 2016, a manual 1989 Toyota Pickup was purchased and those dreams would continue to flourish. Jon grew up in a small Wisconsin town. In 2004, his parents decided to purchase a new Jeep LJ. They picked the LJ because of the additional room, as it would be used for a road trip to Florida. After joining the navy, the family Jeep followed Jon down to Georgia and became his own. It took him to Virginia, and then Washington. It wasn't until Washington that things started to happen for Jon and his Jeep. Jasmine, now his wife, got him more interested in hiking, and ultimately overlanding. Over time, Jon and Jasmine realized that they wanted to use the Jeep to tackle harder trails, and spend weekends in ORV parks. It was through this decision that the mostly stock Jeep received a refreshing upgrade after 15 years of driving. Jon usually drives the Jeep when the trail is in question, and to allow Jasmine to document the trails. Currently, Jon has been in 26 states with the Jeep, via family trips and his time in the navy. Jon hopes to travel to every state with his Jeep, including Alaska and Hawaii.
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