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    Mosquito city on top
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    2 months, 1 week ago
    The trail is very nice, their is lots of shade, and an awesome view. This trail is pretty difficult especially towards the end after the rock “stairs”. A few of the down sides of the hike were: about 50% of people were not wearing masks, towards the end it is very difficult with no shade, and the hike is longer than you expect but the view is worth it! Enjoy this beautiful hike!
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    2 months, 2 weeks ago
    P3
    No people. Straight up.
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    2 months, 3 weeks ago
    This is an interesting trail in that it really starts out as a path, becomes a trail, connects remnants of logging roads, and is so overgrown in spots that it almost requires bushwhacking. The parking lot has a lot of spots available and there were only 5 cars in the lot the entire day. You can expect nearly 600 feet of elevation gain per mile hiked in to the lake. My final elevation gain was about 3800+ feet with an out and back distance of 11.1 miles. The day I went, it was raining pretty hard which caused the overgrown areas of the trail to be a real nightmare. I was soaking wet by the time I reached Lake Thompson due to water causing the plants to hang even farther into the trail. It should be noted that the path down to Lake Thompson is pretty steep since it is in a basin and trekking poles are very useful. The way out of the basin took me twice as long as the way in. The lake, however, is beautiful and the trip is worth taking. In fact, the Pikka were out which is always a treat.
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    3 months, 3 weeks ago
    Thompson lake. All the snow on the trail is gone now. Ridge down to lake is steep, and could be hard to climb back up in more wet conditions. Trail gets more and more raw after the granite lakes fork and I loved it.
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    Haaaaaard
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    6 months, 1 week ago
    Parking limited but easy. Micro spikes half way . Bring lots of snacks. Dogs love it. Crossed many creek no need to bring water for dogs. Wet shoes. Start early so you have options to continue to next point . Love it. Snow packed half of the way . Friday March 20th 2020. Nataliya and Doris . Two dogs .
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    6 months, 3 weeks ago
    Cold and frosty. Great hike.
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    10 months, 1 week ago
    A great way to get some vert and a few views
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    1 year, 2 months ago
    A tidy new lowland trail with some nice views and a pristine surface
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    1 year, 3 months 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 year, 3 months 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 year, 5 months 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 year, 10 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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    2 years 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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    2 years, 2 months 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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