- August 4, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join us SUnday, August 4 for a hike & yoga meet up at Big Four ICe Caves
Hike: “Easy” 2.2 miles (roundtrip) with very gentle elevation gain (220 ft)
Yoga: 60 minute all-levels Vinyasa yoga practice (after the hike)
Date/Time: Sunday Aug 4, 9am – 1pm
Let’s meet up for hiking and yoga at one of the most beautiful trails in our area!
We’ll gather at the Big Four Ice Caves Trailhead parking lot at 9am — I’ll bring coffee/tea/snacks to share. At 9:30am we’ll hike the 1.1 miles to the ice caves view point. We’ll enjoy the view and then hike back down to a large grassy clearing for the yoga class. This hike has gentle elevation, gaining just 220 ft over 1 mile. There are some switchbacks, but most of the hike is flat or gentle incline. It is a beautiful forested hike, with stunning views of mountains, wildflowers, and of course – the ice caves (note: for safety reasons, please do not go in or near the ice caves and stay on the trail at all times.)
We will break into smaller groups to respect the trail and support different paces.
After the hike, we will set up our mats in a large grassy opening by the trailhead (yoga mats can be stored in your car during the hike). The yoga practice will be a 60 minute slow-flow Vinyasa yoga practice, focusing on strengthening, stretching, breathing, and connecting to nature. The yoga practice is all-levels – designed for beginner and experienced yogis alike! We’ll enjoy beautiful mountain views as we practice yoga.
MEET UP DETAILS
Space is limited! There is an optional meet up fee which goes toward the meet up group organization & yoga instruction, with 5% donated to Washington Trail Association. We’ll also have coffee/tea/snacks/smiles to share with the group. We’ll meet up rain or shine. In severe/unsafe weather, I will reschedule the meet up and happily refund donations – or transfer to a different date or person.
What to bring: Your own yoga mat, a towel (for under or over your mat, especially if it’s a little wet out), hiking shoes, clothes comfortable for hiking and yoga (layers highly recommended), water, and lunch or additional snacks. More tips on what to bring will be emailed out to everyone before the meet up.
This meet up is open to all! If the optional meet up donation/fee is prohibitive, sign up under the community/scholarship option.
I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT® 200), passionate about combining community, yoga, and the outdoors. I look forward to hosting several yoga hike meet-ups this spring, summer, and fall. When not in the mountains, you can find me teaching at local yoga studios around the Seattle, Eastside, and Everett areas.
A FEW MORE DETAILS
This is not a formal event, rather a gathering and meet up of outdoor and yoga enthusiasts! The optional fee supports the yoga instruction/meet up group organization, but all are invited to attend regardless of ability to contribute. All meet up attendees are required to sign a waiver to participate. The hike meet up and yoga class are at your own risk. The hike is not a guided hike or service, we will simply meet up and hike together and practice yoga in the great outdoors. Waivers for the yoga portion will be emailed to registered participants, or available day-of to sign.
Venue: Big Four Ice Caves
Venue Website: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/big-four-ice-caves
From I-5 in Everett, take exit 194 for Snohomish/Wenatchee, then take exit 204 for Lake Stevens. Follow this road for 2 miles, then turn left onto Hwy 9/9N Granite Falls. Proceed for 1.5 miles, turn right onto E 92/Granite Falls. In 6 miles, come to a roundabout that has a log sign for Granite Falls. Take the following roundabout to Quarry Road and stay on it through two more roundabouts.
Come to a stop sign and turn left onto the Mountain Loop Highway. In 10 miles, pass the Verlot Ranger Station on the left. A mile after the ranger station, cross a blue and grey bridge. 13 miles from the bridge are two signs for the Ice Caves on the right hand side of the road. The first one will be for the picnic area. A quarter-mile beyond that is a sign marked Ice Caves Trailhead; turn in here. There is a paved parking lot with plenty of parking, vault toilets and a self-serve pay station for a one day Northwest Forest Pass, which is required for the trail.
Parking Pass/Entry Fee: Northwest Forest Pass