30 Pictures from Washington’s Big Four Ice Caves

Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the Pacific Northwest for its scenic hikes and natural beauty. For Faithlife’s designers, the mountains and trails surrounding Bellingham, Washington offer a treasure trove of photo ops.

Stunning photos like these can only come from real people surrounded by real beauty. That’s why our designers have taken trips throughout the Pacific Northwest to bring back beautiful pictures of God’s creation.

Here are 30 amazing photos taken from Washington state’s Big Four Ice Caves this winter:

We didn’t get much snow in Bellingham this winter, but the mountains surrounding us were beautifully draped in white.
The trail leading to the Big Four Ice Caves is serene.
Caleb Ralston says this was one of his favorite trips he’s taken for Faithlife.
Anthony Fiorillo enjoyed the opportunity to be in front of the camera, not just behind it.
You can’t tell in most of the shots, but Josh Gray says rain was dumping on them the entire trip. “It’s always the struggle with the Pacific Northwest, and it only gets worse in winter.”
Apart from the trail itself, the natural beauty feels undisturbed.
The fog sinks into the trees.
Anthony brought his climbing gear, knowing what awaited him at the end of the trail.
Can you tell if this is an old-growth or a young-growth forest?
Moss and lichen clings to the trees and rocks.
The team takes a wide range of shots for our design teams to work with.
As the cave approaches, ice covers the trail.
Water freezes on its way down the cliff.
The ice caves have unique textures and colors up close.
Anthony peers into the cave and the waterfall beyond.
Josh Gray says massive pieces of ice could fall at any moment in the cave, so even as they posed for shots, our designers had to be cautious.
The rush of the waterfall echoes through the cave, as frigid water drips from the ceiling.
Caleb admires the powerful waterfall.
A misty veil surrounds the waterfall.
Light illuminates the beauty of the cave.
Water constantly dripped from the frozen roof.
As the snow and ice compresses, it reflects light differently.
Anthony breaks out the climbing gear.
Josh Gray says pictures can never do this waterfall justice.
This is the same waterfall, from the top of the ice cave.
This mountain stream cuts through the forest trail.
Lots of trails in the Pacific Northwest require crossing streams like this.
The ice cave from a distance.
Caleb’s Logos 6 launch-stache became a beard.
The Pacific Northwest is full of beautiful scenery like this.

Living in the Pacific Northwest, many of our designers are outdoor fanatics. When they find themselves in a particularly beautiful or interesting setting, they sometimes return to take pictures for Faithlife to use.

Anthony Fiorillo (wearing the green coat in the pictures above) says, “These trips are a great change of pace from the office. When we have a slower week, we can get out and shoot beautiful places like this. It helps us create a large database of great stock photography for the teams pushing out our amazing media.”

When I asked how the team decides where to go, Josh Gray said, “We picked the Big Four Ice Caves because they are within range for a day trip. They’re surrounded by beautiful mountains and the ice caves themselves are breathtaking. At the end of the cave is a massive waterfall—pictures don’t do it justice.”

He went on to say, “We try to incorporate themes into our photo shoots. You’ll notice some shots of Anthony ice climbing—those could be arranged into a theme like overcoming adversity.”

When you own Logos Bronze or higher, you get Logos Stock Media, which includes hundreds of beautiful stock photos taken by Faithlife’s designers on trips like these.

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Want to see more photos of the Pacific Northwest? Check out some of the prettiest hikes in the Pacific Northwest.


  1. Anonymous says

    Thank you we loved the pacificNW in our 5 years in Seattle –30 years ago thanks for photos many a midwesterner has never seen!

  2. says

    I was there last summer and there was still plenty of snow. It doesn't look like there will be any snow left this summer. Are you having an abnormally warm winter? From John in frozen Milwaukee.

  3. Rick Pusateri says

    While very beautiful, going inside or near those caves is extremely dangerous, including fatalities in recent years. I would either put that disclaimer on your photos or better yet, not endorse/ encourage that activity by publishing them.

    • Hamilton Ramos says

      Or you could encourage people to take a basic climbing / spelunking safety course.
      I always explain to people that when the friends of the paralytic man climbed to the roof to lower him to the feet of Christ Mark 2:4, it seems to me that they did it competently, with proper care and procedure, so as to assure the safety of the man.
      I like to think that Jesus was pleased with their faith, ingenuity and responsible action.
      We were saved for good actions (not by them), so we must act with the highest standards in what we do.

    • Rick Pusateri says

      Safety courses & the lowering of the paralytic man having nothing to do with encouraging people through beautiful photographic images to do very, very dangerous things, as was tragically evidenced yesterday. I can only pray that Faithlife would remove pictures from their site that could potentially lead to future incidences.

      My heart and prayers go out to the families and friends of those injured and who died yesterday.


  4. Linda Lee Scott says

    Wow, I never see this such beautiful ice cave ever. I would like to tell you that you did great job photographer. I believe that God give you as gift.

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