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    1 month, 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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    1 month, 2 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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    4 months, 2 weeks ago
    Trail in good condition overall. Lower portion generally dry with cobbles. Mid section has running water and snow still hanging in at 3800; and spikes strongly suggested for upper trail. Great views to the south.
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    6 months, 4 weeks 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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    8 months, 1 week 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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    8 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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    11 months, 2 weeks ago
    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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    11 months, 2 weeks ago
    Hike is good for scoping out climbing areas and for a close-to-Seattle hike where you don't want to take all day. The view is decent from the top. Turns for the trail are mainly marked but don't forget to take a description of the turns or a map with the trail to follow with you.
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