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    21 hours ago
    Mostly pavement. Traditional FS gravel road with minimal views
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    3 days, 18 hours ago
    iuuu
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    1 week ago
    Great hike to a gorgeous alpine lake. Trail was easy to follow and mostly in the shade. Crossing the exposed rocks right before the lake was the most challenging part. Beautiful backcountry
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    1 week, 1 day ago
    Fun easy hike - can get right down by the falls
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    1 week, 2 days ago
    Hiked months ago, this is a great option when Granite Mountain is still too snowy (avalanche risks are high here) and the standard Olallie lake trailhead hasn't been plowed
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    1 week, 2 days ago
    Spokane Valley is very nice. Great people and services.
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    1 week, 4 days ago
    Very nice views, it took 3:30 walking between going up and down.
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    2 weeks ago
    Prepare for a mostly hot and exposed, dusty trail. Did this as a descent from a hike starting at the Stevens Pass TH. Beautiful views out towards the Enchantments, wildflowers, creek crossings just when needed, butterflies and a bear lower on the trail. Thimbleberries were in peak season.
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    2 weeks ago
    Solid 8.5 mile 3000 foot peak in the heart of the Teanaway area. The peak affords good views of the Stuart Range, and there are unobstructed views to the south (Rainier) and East. The payoff isn’t as big as some of the peaks to the west and north because the Stuart Range blocks any views to the North Cascades, so Glacier, Baker and the rest are obscured. To that extent it was a little disappointing.
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    2 weeks ago
    Bad bad bad. Mistakes were made

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    2 weeks, 6 days ago
    What a stunning hike! The last bit is steep for Colchuck lake, consider a Stuart lake add-on on a day hike
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    3 weeks ago
    Beautiful hike and definitely worth the time. Other descriptions are pretty accurate - first couple miles are reasonably easy with the majority of the effort in the last two. My gps ending up showing the round trip to be closer to 9 miles than 8. Plenty of mosquitoes as previously mentioned so I would highly advise repellent. We arrived at 8:30am on a Saturday and ended up having to park around .25-.5 mi away from the trail head.
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    3 weeks, 2 days ago
    Better this time because for 5 miles up there are no trees on the path. Lizards but no snakes.
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    3 weeks, 4 days ago
    I would give this hike 5+ stars for beauty but the entire trail consists of rocks making it a bit tough at times walking over the rocks. We didn’t expect such a rocky trail. Bigs were really bad at Gem Lake but we still managed to enjoy our quick lunch.
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    4 weeks ago
    First trip to Tank Lakes and all the others on the way. Worth the trek
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    1 month ago
    First hike in Alaska! Palmer. With relatives and dog Newton.
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    1 month ago
    This trail is in wonderful condition right now with just a few muddy patches and no snow left to cross. It's definitely a popular one on summer weekends - there were probably 200 cars at the trailhead at 10:00am on a Saturday, stretching all the way back to the interstate.
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    1 month ago
    Trails easy to follow, beautiful view, away from crowds, not terribly technical
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    1 month ago
    Strenuous with lost of rock scrambling, but an excellent payoff at the summit! Jump in the lake!
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    1 month ago
    From Inspiration Lake area out to Snow Creek trailhead.
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    1 month ago
    Some easy and ledgy 4th class scramble to or from the base of West Ridge. Would recommend this way to or from the route.
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    1 month ago
    Unlike some local trails the climb is steady but more gradual. Lots of loose rocks so wear good shoes. The Katwalk is really a nice treat to look forward to.
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    1 month, 1 week ago
    A tidy new lowland trail with some nice views and a pristine surface
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    1 month, 2 weeks ago
    We began our hike a little before 9am early July on a weekday morning. We didn’t see many people— one benefit of going on a weekday morning. The trail is one of the best maintained I’ve seen — although it gets rockier with a few easy stream crossings as you climb to higher elevations. We found a few ripe salmon berries. Lots of wildflowers in full bloom including columbine, fox glove, and lupine to name a few. Most of the hike is through shaded Douglas fir forest until you break above tree line just as you reach the alpine lower Granite lake — a beautiful emerald green gem. It was a beautiful day to take in this beautiful serene setting. One of my new favorite hikes!
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    1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Great hike with moderate vertical, nice creek and high ridge-line with great views.
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    1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Rainbow Lake is one of my favorite destinations. Added Little Bandera onto the end of this for a little extra elevation gain.
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    1 month, 2 weeks ago
    This is a straight forward loop with a highly recommended spur to Millers Peak for a front row view of the Enchantments and the Teanaway. The down side of this trail is that it is shared with mountain bikes and dirt bikes which is very annoying when you are seeking the peace and quiet of nature.
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Fun hike! Beautiful finish at mount defiance.
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    FR 7305 is badly washed out and just barely passable with a high clearance 4WD vehicle

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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Very steep up from the old trail but nice exercise. Not much view at the top due to fog and cloud.
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Trail ascends almost straight up and you gain almost 3,000 feet of elevation in about 2 miles. Halfway up the scenery changes from forest to alpine and views of guye peak, cave ridge, and alpental are great if you’re lucky enough to hike on a sunny day. The summit has a us geological survey mark from 1936.
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    A nice long hike in the forest. Steep enough for exercise but not a suffer fest. Lush flowers and the lake is a nice setting on a sunny day.
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    This is one way to reach the base of Snow Creek Wall. It work, but try another way described in paragraph below. A better way is follow the descent gps track from my Snow Creek folder for how to cross the creek as this way was much easier and will also lead to the base along a better trail and less steep.
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    A descent trail from top of Snow Creek wall. Follows a well marked and worn (as of June 2019) trail down. Does include one rappel towards the very bottom that puts you at base of cliff. Rappel is after descending a narrow 10ft wide gully - see waypoint for location. Might be possible to avoid rappel by staying high (skiers left) above and round the rappel gully. After rappel, follow foot path until reaching a fairly well groomed trail and follow it down high to the creek crossing and the main hiking trail. This way is easy and a short way to access the main hiking trail. If you follow this gps track, you’ll get to the main trail- we did not return to base of climb.
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    2 months ago
    Nice practice hike with some moderate elevation
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    2 months ago
    Yeah this hike gets hard and don’t do unless you have good boots, skill and trekking poles. Also you need Gaia on the last mile of the hike. Also it wouldn’t be dumb to bring machete as there are a ton of protruding plants in the last mile.
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    2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Excellent hike! The mellow hike along a beautiful river for half the way warms up the body and provides a nice introduction to the area, and the day before the rigours of the straight up second half, which is also very beautiful with lots of giant trees, and the fantastic, 360 view from the top of the mountain. The upper slopes are covered with gentle, pretty flowers, lots of rock outcroppings and streams. Snow above 5k was slushy, but firm enough for a easy walk up. The scramble to the top can be started from 2 additional gullies along with the standard counter-clockwise corkscrew route. But everything is very loose! The summit register is in a dire need of a 1.5" pvc female cap! The views are superb, scramble is short and loose, 4*.
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    2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Easy Access from Seattle. Perfect early season hike to get in shape. A mix of easy and moderate trails.
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    2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Super crowded starting out, but as usual, I started late in the day when almost everyone else was hiking out and it was pretty quiet by the lake.
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    2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Beautiful area, much more difficult than I thought it would be due to the last 1.5 miles and 1200 foot gain to the lake. Trail is brushy and will get overgrown as the season progresses. My gps put this trip from the Middle Fork parking lot at just over 11 miles.
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    2 months, 3 weeks ago
    The road to this trail is very passable but there are many pot holes and loose gravel so drive carefully. It is at most a 20 mile per hour road for almost 3 miles. I chose to follow the Ira Spring Memorial Trail, which is very well maintained, and then ascend the Bandera Mountain Trail. I went as far as I could make out the trail which put me at 5001 feet which is a 3048 foot elevation change from where I began. The first part of the Bandera Mountain Trail is very steep, rated difficult, and gains close to 1000 feet in elevation as you navigate through a boulder field for about .25 mile, after that it becomes easier to manage. I then returned and followed the rest of the Ira Spring Trail to Mason Lake which was beautiful but very crowded with people. I didn’t encounter many bugs and everyone on the trail was kind, jovial, and conversational.
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    2 months, 3 weeks ago
    This was a fun hike and the trail was in pretty good condition for the most part. Farther up, due to recent rainy conditions, the trail became very muddy. It wasn’t impassable but it did make for a less than pleasant journey. Due to this, we turned around at about the 3.5 mile mark. The trail goes on for much farther (12.1 miles in total if I remember correctly) and we plan to return at some point later in the Summer when it’s a little drier. There were a few trail runners and the path would be perfect for that activity up until the muddy areas.
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    2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Strenuous but not too much so. View at the top is definitely awesome plus it’s a bit off the beaten path so it’s a good place to escape from the crowds. Hiked it on May 26, got to the TH at 9am and there were only 2 other cars. Only saw 4-6 people the whole time.
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    2 months, 4 weeks ago
    Did a one night backpacking trip 5/19 to 5/20/19 on this trail. It was my first backpacking trip ever! 25.33 miles total 17+ hrs on trail and 2,995 ft elevation gain. Lots of blow downs, bushwacking, washouts and creek/stream crossings on trail. Hiked in 14.02 miles. Trailhead is paved road, parking area is gravel. Bathroom is a vaulted toilet. No TP in bathroom and stinky trash. Must have a northwest forrest pass or America the beautiful pass to park here as there is no self pay station. Must sign the log for a self issued permit. Cool little grave across from the biggest most flat camp spot along the raging creek. Where Fred Erickson lies one of the original builders/owners of Ingalls Creek Lodge. Saw two deer in the forrests on our way out. Found ticks on ourselves, I had one and my friend had 3, 2 of which were Dog Ticks (ticks on steroids!). Saw a Rubber Boa on trail on the hike out. Make sure you have some sort of navigation as there are plenty of places where you can loose the trail. Most of the creeks and streams are raging right now from all of the snow melt. Lots of waterfalls on the mountains. I would not recommend this trail for small children as there are some steep drop offs, the trail can get pretty narrow, overgrown, ticks and big blow downs. Only encountered a tiny amount of snow on trail where we hiked but heard from 2 female backpackers who hiked further up that the trail turned to soft snow where postholing, slipping and sliding was common, so they turned around. Saw a big college group of hikers, a backpacker and a couple hikers on 5/20/19 all on our way back to trailhead, saw no one at camp. 5/19/19 saw 11 people. And some campers along the river. 5/19/19 when the weather is more warm all the bugs are out, including mosquitoes and ticks. Numerous trail junctions along this trail.
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    2 months, 4 weeks ago
    Did a one night backpacking trip 5/19 to 5/20/19 on this trail. It was my first backpacking trip ever! 25.33 miles total 17+ hrs on trail and 2,995 ft elevation gain. Lots of blow downs, bushwacking, washouts and creek/stream crossings on trail. Hiked in 14.02 miles. Trailhead is paved road, parking area is gravel. Bathroom is a vaulted toilet. No TP in bathroom and stinky trash. Must have a northwest forrest pass or America the beautiful pass to park here as there is no self pay station. Must sign the log for a self issued permit. Cool little grave across from the biggest most flat camp spot along the raging creek. Where Fred Erickson lies one of the original builders/owners of Ingalls Creek Lodge. Saw two deer in the forrests on our way out. Found ticks on ourselves, I had one and my friend had 3, 2 of which were Dog Ticks (ticks on steroids!). Saw a Rubber Boa on trail on the hike out. Make sure you have some sort of navigation as there are plenty of places where you can loose the trail. Most of the creeks and streams are raging right now from all of the snow melt. Lots of waterfalls on the mountains. I would not recommend this trail for small children as there are some steep drop offs, the trail can get pretty narrow, overgrown, ticks and big blow downs. Only encountered a tiny amount of snow on trail where we hiked but heard from 2 female backpackers who hiked further up that the trail turned to soft snow where postholing, slipping and sliding was common, so they turned around. Saw a big college group of hikers, a backpacker and a couple hikers on 5/20/19 all on our way back to trailhead, saw no one at camp. 5/19/19 saw 11 people. And some campers along the river. 5/19/19 when the weather is more warm all the bugs are out, including mosquitoes and ticks. Numerous trail junctions along this trail.
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    2 months, 4 weeks ago
    Did a one night backpacking trip 5/19 to 5/20/19 on this trail. It was my first backpacking trip ever! 25.33 miles total 17+ hrs on trail and 2,995 ft elevation gain. Lots of blow downs, bushwacking, washouts and creek/stream crossings on trail. Hiked in 14.02 miles. Trailhead is paved road, parking area is gravel. Bathroom is a vaulted toilet. No TP in bathroom and stinky trash. Must have a northwest forrest pass or America the beautiful pass to park here as there is no self pay station. Must sign the log for a self issued permit. Cool little grave across from the biggest most flat camp spot along the raging creek. Where Fred Erickson lies one of the original builders/owners of Ingalls Creek Lodge. Saw two deer in the forrests on our way out. Found ticks on ourselves, I had one and my friend had 3, 2 of which were Dog Ticks (ticks on steroids!). Saw a Rubber Boa on trail on the hike out. Make sure you have some sort of navigation as there are plenty of places where you can loose the trail. Most of the creeks and streams are raging right now from all of the snow melt. Lots of waterfalls on the mountains. I would not recommend this trail for small children as there are some steep drop offs, the trail can get pretty narrow, overgrown, ticks and big blow downs. Only encountered a tiny amount of snow on trail where we hiked but heard from 2 female backpackers who hiked further up that the trail turned to soft snow where postholing, slipping and sliding was common, so they turned around. Saw a big college group of hikers, a backpacker and a couple hikers on 5/20/19 all on our way back to trailhead, saw no one at camp. 5/19/19 saw 11 people. And some campers along the river. 5/19/19 when the weather is more warm all the bugs are out, including mosquitoes and ticks. Numerous trail junctions along this trail.
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    3 months, 1 week ago
    Rode horse. Lots of downed trees. Heard 4 rattlers. Creek is raging so no crossing to any trails on the left. Streams crossing trail.
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    3 months, 1 week ago
    Partial route after we began from lake Wenatchee State Park. This had no closed gates but two open in May. Good run with beautiful view at the top.
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    3 months, 2 weeks ago
    Beautiful weather, lots of views as you get closer to the lakes. The 360 view on top of Mount Defiance is absolutely stunning with excellent views of Mt. Rainier. Would recommend avoiding the old lake trail until the snow clears off the boulder field. The snow on the boulders makes it really easy to post hole and possibly twist an ankle.
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    3 months, 2 weeks ago
    Very well maintained trail. Traffic noise from I-90 is a bit bothersome at start in places for first half. Big day to go to the summit. Great views, it's a ridge summit with some trees. Snow over last mile was difficult, cleats recommended. Upper half of the trail is along an old logging road.
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    3 months, 3 weeks ago
    Great conditioning hike. Steep, muddy, snowy and icy on top. It was snowing/hailing when I got to the top. I wasn’t able to admire the surroundings. I had to go down right away. Be prepared. So many people hiking there in tennis shoes, no water, no food, no extra clothing. Micro spikes are very helpful on the last 600’ due to slope angle and ice.
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    7 months, 2 weeks ago
    Started at about 0930 with about 10 other vehicles parked along the road. During the winter Denny Creek Road is blocked off and adds about 2 miles to the hike. Bring traction for your shoes such as micro spikes as it gets pretty slippery they the whole hike. Once you get to Denny Creek Campground the trail to Franklin Falls is just under 2 miles further up. Great views along the way of crystal clear rivers, snow covered mountains and trees. Northwest Forest Pass required.
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    8 months ago
    Good snowpack to the turn off to the lakes, had to break trail out towards the lakes. Excellent day in the sun. Trail is heavily used on weekends and please remember to bring skis or snowshoes.
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    8 months, 2 weeks ago
    Nice hike. It's been a few years since I've done this popular hike. Dec.2 @ 8:00am start with the parking lot half full. I took the old Mason Lake trail up to avoid the Ira Springs trail and the groups ahead of me. About 1/2 up to the lake the snow started. One has to be careful crossing the creek and traveling on the boulders with the light snow covering. Once I hit the main trail again it was well packed down. About 6 people headed up to Defiance before me so the trail was okay and I didn't wear gaitors or micro-spikes. The top was in the clouds so no views. I took the Ira Springs trail down from Mason Lake. On my way down I met a number of people heading up and the parking lot was full when I go back.
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    9 months ago
    An easy hike but crazy crowded on summer weekends. Best to avoid at those times. Currently there is ice on the upper trail so hiking poles are useful
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    9 months ago
    The trail was closed during the summer of 2018 for trail work. Though I hadn't been on the trail prior, the current trail has plenty of signs and is easy to follow. The trail work also rerouted a small section on the trail from the map but it's hard to get off trail. Consider hiking to the balcony for a shorter hike. I'm still sore a couple days after hiking as the top section gets steeper towards the top and follows old mining roads. From the top, you can see distant view of Rainier and Baker.
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    9 months ago
    For November this was an amazingly beautiful clear day. We hit intermittent snow at about 2.5 miles in and by 2.8 miles the trail stayed under snow cover except for some small patches where the sun was shining through and along with traffic, melting it away. The first mile was easy, the second a bit harder and the third one was where you got a good work out. But the views at the top were amazing. Note: Toilet at trailhead was locked. If you use the local trees/bushes, please pack out your toilet paper.
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    9 months, 2 weeks ago
    Hiked this trail Oct. 2017. Beautiful scenery, fun and challenging trail.
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    9 months, 3 weeks ago
    I'm not sure this is a "difficult" hike considering the moderate elevation gain (just under 3,000 by my measurements). I did this in pouring rain and it was less than fun, but I did have the trail to myself most of the day. The trail to Snow Lake handles the water well, except for a few stream/waterfall crossings. Beyond Snow Lake the trail often becomes just a stream bed or giant puddle forcing you to rock hop or take alternate paths. I'm giving it the summer rating because this really is a great route. Late fall in the rain, it is one star.
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    10 months ago
    Gorgeous autumn colors. Cold, sunny day but no ice. Pretty windy at the top
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    10 months, 1 week ago
    Hit the trail at 8:45 this morning. Larches are a little past their prime but still beautiful. The hike itself took 5 hours, plus an hour of resting in Headlight Basin and at Lake Ingalls. Lots of people in the afternoon were coming up as we were coming down, so we had to pull over a lot on some of the sketchy ridge sections. Most everyone was nice though, and it was nice to see no dogs breaking the rules. Sadly, no goat sightings, but lots of pikas were chirping.
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    10 months, 2 weeks ago
    Old trail up, new trail down. Look for the diamonds on the old trail heading up and bring a bright flashlight to find them (they are reflective). It is difficult and rewarding. The new trail is maintained very well and is easier on the knees going down. Bring a gift for the mailbox!
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    10 months, 2 weeks ago
    Small amounts of snow near the top, probably the last one half mile. The trail was well maintained - very few areas of exposed root. A variety of mushrooms were present.
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    10 months, 2 weeks ago
    Spitting snow about 3/4 way up and snow at Lake but not sticking, yet. Great 4x4 trail. Will definitely do again next year.
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    10 months, 2 weeks ago
    What a day to spend in this beautiful fall weather! Original plan was a round trip to Kendall Katwalk and back, but we still had energy left to continue on to Ridge Lake. Stopped right after the Katwalk for lunch and the views which were amazing! Trail is a gradual climb over the 6 miles up so not too many rest stops. After the Katwalk the terrain is so much different and the fall colors really popped out. So beautiful and fresh. Sat down at Ridge Lake for about an hour just enjoying the moment. Wandered around the lake a bit and found some more amazing views of the cascades. The hike back wasn’t too bad, clouds started to roll in, but no rain. Lots of people on the trail, it was a Saturday after all. Found a parking spot with no issue by 9am. When we left there were cars parked along the side roads.
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    10 months, 3 weeks ago
    Stated at the trailhead about 4am, lot was half full (I imagine with thru hikers and those with permits to stay overnight.). Didn’t encounter many people on the trail. Beautiful clear night skies with the moon so bright. Used headlamps for the first 2-3 miles until the light started to come out. Fall colors were just beginning to show. Amazing views wherever you get the chance to peak out from the trees. We made it to the lake about 30 minutes too late to watch the darkness lift and the light illuminate the lake. Was still just as beautiful with the morning glow. The larches were so bright and yellow! We brought breakfast to cook as we sat and just admired the lake the the scenery and talking about thru hiking the enchantments next year. Wandered around the lake for about an hour then headed back down. Now in the daylight we were able to view the creek/river on the way down that teased us on the way up.
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    10 months, 3 weeks ago
    We started at 4 a.m. just to be in the mountains as the sun rose. If hiked this in August and forgot that Colchuck makes you work for it closer to the end! So expect steeper toward the top, but the journey through the trees is fairly gradual. Larches are golden, the lake is perfection! Steady stream of traffic going up on our way down, even for a weekday. Start early! Wishing well to the overnighter with core permits we saw heading up with huge packs! Hope you all made it!
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    10 months, 3 weeks ago
    The trail was in great shape. No bugs and the fall colors are starting to pop out. Several small stream crossing and a few dry ones - but nothing that requires getting your feet wet. Right as you get to the shore of Upper Granite Lake things get a little muddy, but completely manageable.
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    10 months, 3 weeks ago
    We arrived at around 10:30 AM and went counterclockwise around the loop, starting at the Iron Goat Interpretive Site and taking the lower grade out and the upper grade back, meaning we descended the switchback part of the trail at the end. The trail wasn't too crowded - we encountered maybe four groups of people on the lower grade, one couple on the upper grade, and another couple on the switchbacks. Some trees were starting to come into their fall colors, and there was a bit of a chill in the air. The trail was mostly in good condition. We did find one about 8" diameter rotten log lying across the trail on the lower grade, which is supposed to be ADA accessible; with some effort we moved it to the edge of the trail. There's also a fairly deep hole at one point along the edge of the lower trail just west of the western end of the snowshed wall where the trail appears to be beginning to wash out, but for now it's not going to impede anyone. All in all a very pleasant way to spend a Sunday.
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    11 months, 3 weeks ago
    I went all the way Melakwa lake. Pretty awesome post work hike. Had it all, waterfalls, views, lakes, and wildflowers.
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    1 year ago
    YIKES! The hike up to Aasgard Pass via Colchuck Lake is one hell of a climb. That said, it's one of my most memorable hikes, too, especially the scramble down in the dark, looking for cairns (and not finding them) in the soft glow of our headlamps! If you're doing this in a day, leave yourself plenty of time, and bring plenty of snacks... Definitely worth the effort! Just use a lot of caution, especially if there's any snow.
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    1 year ago
    Beautiful lake, like so many of our alpine lakes! A friend and I hiked up here on our way up through the Enchantments. We were pretty rushed as we were doing the whole trail in a day, but Colchuck Lake was a great stopover—just wish we could have camped there instead! Maybe next time, if we're ever able to get the permit for it. It's definitely worth the trip out even for the afternoon though, and has great views of Aasgard pass above.
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    1 year ago
    My two sisters and I did Rachel Lake as a backpacking trip, and had a great time! The lake itself is like many of the other alpine lakes in the area (meaning, it's gorgeous and makes for a great swimming spot!). There was still snow on the far side of the lake earlier in the summer, and only a couple other campers. Felt surprisingly secluded, though it's a really popular hiking spot. I tried hiking it in the early spring once, and found we were walking on a snow bridge over a fast flowing creek—yikes. Super dangerous. In hindsight, it was pretty scary, so use caution if there's snow on the ground. Otherwise, huff and puff your way up the 4 miles, and enjoy the great views of surrounding peaks!
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    Because of the special permit zone in the Enchantments, I haven't yet had the opportunity to camp in any of the various zones. I have, however, been able to do a day-trip up to climb Prusik Peak via Aasgard Pass (amazing, but makes for a looong day, from about 4am to 2am). This time (early June), I went up the Snow Lakes trail sans ropes, stopping for a chilly but beautiful swim at Nada Lake. By the time we arrived at Snow Lakes (only a little snow on the ground), thunder clouds were rolling in and we had to high-tail it back to the car, about 7 miles back the way we came. Less steep than the Aasgard Pass side of the Enchantments, I really enjoyed the hike through dense forest and talus slopes. There was plenty of fresh water along the route, not to mention it was beautifully crystal clear. There were few bugs and the trail was dry. Next time, I really hope to be able to camp up there.
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    As an early summer hike with my 5 month old puppy in tow in mid-June, choosing a two-night backpacking trip was tough. It seemed every other hike in the Leavenworth area had either too much snow, or was too long for my fur-baby. The ranger district told us to head to Ingalls Creek, which turned out to be really pleasant. I usually reserve my hiking energy for alpine lakes, but the creek was a good (easy) early season hike to ease my friend and I into hiking shape. We went further than the mileage shown here, about 8 miles up (16-miles round trip). It wasn't too hard on my pup, with plenty of creek-side breaks and swims. Finding spots to jump in that weren't too turbulent in the late spring turned out to be pretty tough, but doable. We did hear of a dog getting swept away in higher water along this creek, though. We especially loved being able to have fires at camp. Though there were tons of hikers, families and dogs along the first few miles, thing really quieted down past about mile 3 or 4. Eight miles in, we saw relatively few people. The bugs were almost non-existent that early in the season, but there were plenty of wildflowers and butterflies. Due to snow, and the pup, we weren't able to make it all the way to Ingalls Lake, but may give it a go another time.
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    In early June, a few friends and I hiked up to Mason Lake, which I hadn't yet been to though it's really close to home (Seattle). I thought it might be too swamped with families for my liking (and indeed it was packed with kids, adults and dogs alike), but it was still a nice, fast-ish Sunday escape from the city. The lake itself was mostly covered in a thin crust of ice, which made for one cold, refreshing swim, much needed after the exertion of getting up there! Maybe it was just my rubbery winterized legs, but I actually found the hike a lot more tiring than I expected, with plenty of switchbacks through very pretty forests, alpine meadows and some wildflowers. Next time, I'd like to go mid-week and connect the trail to some of the tracks that extend further into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, over several days or a week. Looking at the map here, it looks like there are plenty of opportunities for further exploration in less populated areas.
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    Bean Creek Trail is a nice trail to explore the Teanaway area. Scramble up to Bean Peak when the trail ends and be rewarded with views of the Mount Stuart range. Good choice if the weather on the west side of the mountain crest is rainy.
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    I tend to go up the Old Trail and down the New Trail. The Old Trail is steeper and a good workout and the New Trail is gradual on the knees and easier to follow. The New Trail was created to reduce traffic where the trail is hard to navigate to reduce the impact hikers were making. Reflective signs are on trees to follow through the Old Trail sections. The trails merge before crossing into the alpine into the boulder field with good steps.
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