Guler Ice Cave

Guler Ice Cave, Trout Lake, WA

Guler Ice Cave, Trout Lake, WA

Guler Ice Cave, Trout Lake, WA

Do you like standing in a freezer, surrounded by ice, in the dark, on a floor of solid ice? If so, the Guler Ice Cave near Trout Lake Washington is for you!

It’s actually a cool place once you understand your surroundings. I don’t mind the cold and dark, but carrying $2000 worth of camera gear on a natural ice rink while trying to get over a recent broken leg took a bit of work and good luck.

But navigating the ice wasn’t the hardest part. New cameras are great at understanding their surroundings, but take it into a dark place and try to shoot translucent ice and, well, it won’t want to behave. No one said photography was easy.

Despite these minor hardships, it was definitely worth the trip. It’s part of the Gilford Pinchot National Forest and there’s information here and here.