Turn-of-the-century architecture, unique local eateries and shops, and a distinct western foothills atmosphere contribute to the charm of this tiny Snohomish County community. The Granite Falls Historical Society manages a small house as a museum to illustrate the mining, logging, railroad and social history of the area. Of special interest is a 16-foot "timeline" log of Douglas Fir which may have been a seedling in the year 875.
The Big Four Ice Caves and the ghost town of Monte Cristo are popular July-September. destinations. The ice caves are actually tunnels formed in the permanent ice of the avalanche snowfield below Big Four Mountain during summer. These caves are beautiful but very dangerous so enjoy and photograph them from a safe distance.
Special note: Mt Baker Snoqualmie Forest had severe rain in October 2003 which has resulted in many road and trail washouts in some of wilderness areas beyond Granite Falls on the Mountain Loop Highway. Some camping areas and trails may be inaccessible for several years. For more information call the Darrington Ranger District 360-436-1155.
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