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    23 hours ago
    Classic little hike. Defiantly a must do for classics in the area. Great 4th class optional "Haystack" scramble at the top as well.
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    2 weeks, 1 day ago
    Beautiful, but so many people. Had to park in the picnic area just past the trailhead parking lot.
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    2 weeks, 3 days ago
    A lot of elevation in a few miles with Epic views!
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    3 weeks, 5 days ago
    Fun hike, did a round trip from Steven's pass. It was interesting to see this area in the summer, I am usually up there at the nordic center during the winter months. I wouldn't rate it as difficult though. The elevation gain was spread out, the trail is in good shape, and the mileage great for a day hike. Views got very good after the fog lifted.
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    3 weeks, 6 days ago
    We did the hike yesterday, a cool and rainy day that eliminated the great views I remembered from my last hike here 3 years ago. What has changed is the road up and the trail condition. The road is simply the worst I have been on in years and maybe ever. I was in a CR-V and still bottomed out twice. Whatever agency is responsible for this road should be ashamed that it has let it deteriorate to the point that you have a 4 mile section with thousands of pot holes that are so prevalent that there is no way around and you have to go through them and hope not to pick a pot hole that makes you bottom out. Even the 1.5 mile paved portion which follows the horrendous gravel section has a large section About midway up which has completely deteriorated. The actual trail has always been rough, but many of the sections with steps and weed control mats have more black mat exposed than is not covered. This is a great hike, particularly on a clear day. It is just a shame that the agencies responsible for maintaining the road and trails have allowed them to get in such terrible shape. I am not expecting paved forest service roads, but a road that you can travel at 10-15 mph is not an unreasonable expectation.
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    1 month ago
    A bit rocky at the outset but lovely wooded hike to firstly, Cottonwood Lake and then onto Mirror Lake. Beautiful vistas of Echo Lake abound!
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    1 month ago
    got an early start Sunday, had the mountain almost all to myself. Only people I ran into were backpackers on their way down. On our way back we saw a few groups coming up. Highly recommend leaving the city by 6am to start by 9am.
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    1 month ago
    Beautiful lake. Well worth the hike up. It is a difficult ascent but the trail is really nice. The day we were there the trout were jumping out of the water and catching flies, pretty awesome.
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    1 month ago
    Hiked on a Friday. This is a very nice hike as others have noted but be prepared for lots of people on the trail and perhaps dozens at the ledge many with music playing. I prefer a quieter hike with less people.
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    1 month, 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week ago
    Great! I though it was longer, but nice and short to get in shape!
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    1 month, 1 week ago
    Very nice views, it took 3:30 walking between going up and down.
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    1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Hiked on August 4, 2019. Trail is in great condition and absolutely snow-free all the way to the summit. The wildflowers were just past peak, but still quite beautiful on the way to Stujack Pass and just above it. There is pretty much no water available after the lake, so be sure to bring plenty. Look around and be sure to keep to the main trail once you get past the sharp ridge after Stujack Pass; some people get off trail here and it can get quite exposed if you go the wrong way.
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Great view at the lookout. Elevation gain makes for a great workout. Steeper as you get to the lookout. All worth the effort.
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Got to see all 6 volcanoes. Go on a clear day. Hike is pretty difficult. Go early to beat the crowds.
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    1 month, 4 weeks ago
    Pretty easy hike to Lake Ann where, in my opinion, the highlight is the views of Shuksan and the hanging Curtis Glacier. Lots of places to camp around Lake Ann and a popular family and dog friendly backpack.
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    1 month, 4 weeks ago
    Like others, I'd give it 4 stars to compensate the amazing views but account for the crowds . This one is filled with unprepared hikers, families, and pets. The last scramble is not good for dogs-- be a responsible pet owner! Road is rough but I've seen Priuses and mini coops get up there. Just be slow and pull over for trucks who want to pass you.
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    2 months ago
    Excellent, easy/moderate 6-mile hike to a waterfall, trail in great condition
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    2 months 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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    2 months, 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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    2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Nice short hike that nets you outsized 360 view for the level of effort required. One star ⭐️ deducted because it is a ZOO when weather is nice. And what’s up with so many people bringing their dogs for this hike? There was a pair of young women with an obviously overheated husky, trying to force the poor dog to scramble the last rocky part under the lookout. How on earth they were going to make that dog to go up the metal ladder to lookout is beyond me. Best to avoid sunny weekends. Road to the TH is riddled with many deep potholes so high clearance vehicle is recommended.
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    2 months, 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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    3 months ago
    The trail was well maintained except for a log down across the trail. The log had to be straddled to get over it.
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    3 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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    3 months, 3 weeks ago
    Got to trailhead about 8 and still there was parking. Walked up and around the lake - trail is wet and snow patches near the trail on the lake but trail is completely snow free. Beautiful waterfalls coming off the Pilchuck face.
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    4 months, 2 weeks ago
    a really nice hike. My hike was 9.7 miles out and back, with 1500 feet of ascent. The trail did have a few rough spots to climb around but overall it was clear and well marked. The end of the hike drops you off at the rivers edge with several camping spots available with well arranged fire pit locations and lots of dead wood to use. THE absolute worst part of the hike was the three mile drive from the highway to the trail head... Endless potholes that endlessly bottomed out my Jeep. And as most forest roads, there is very few spots to pass a car going the opposite direction. Oh and did I mention the millions of mosquitoes? It is still a worthy hike.
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    4 months, 2 weeks ago
    The trail was in great condition all the way. I would suggest poles. Lots of hikers on the trail but not walking over each other. Views are stunning on this sunny clear day. The lake was beautiful, in it's half frozen splendor. Snow all around at the top. So worth the trek.
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    4 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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    4 months, 3 weeks ago
    Such a fun social hike!
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    4 months, 3 weeks ago
    Hiked this trail on Monday 10/15/18. This was literally one of the most difficult hikes I did this year! The roots, rocks and obstacles on the actual trail are relentless. This trail starts off easy on the road gradually going up hill on forrest road 63. There are 3 major washouts on forest road 63. Once on the trail it is all up hill and steep switchbacks until you reach virgin lake where it flattens a bit. There is a white rock wall that you must climb up to continue on the trail to virgin and blanca lake. After virgin lake you will be going down even more difficult terrain than the initial climb to virgin lake and you won't even see blanca lake until you're right on top of it. The day use trail is tiny and has more than a few scary parts. I would not suggest this trail for small children. Blanca lake this time of year had icy grounds, so take care in your steps. Lots of places are roped off for regrowth. My legs were freaking exhausted before I hit blanca lake. The climb up and then back down past virgin lake took everything in me not from buckling legs and tumbling down the mountain. It took me 10+ hours to complete this hike including all the breaks. My moving time was 9 hours and 35 minutes. I was hiking for a total of 10.6 miles. The bathroom at the true trailhead is closed due to the road washouts. This trail also feels really long when you're hiking it. I saw 2 trail runners, 8 hikers and a dog and a backpacker w/dog. I started on this trail at 6:30am and didn't finish till 5pm. The road in starts out paved and then turns to hard packed dirt with a lot of potholes, top speed I was driving was 20mph. It would be wise to have a map of the area as there are some trails that branch out from the main trail as well as for navigating the road.
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    4 months, 3 weeks ago
    Hiked Monday 4/22/19 saw over 50 people on the trail mostly all on descent, saw 2 people on the teneriffe/si connector trail on top and 3 people at the very top where it seems the technical climb is. Started at 5am. 9.5 miles in 7.07 hrs. Elevation gain 3459. Tried to park at teneriffe parking area, but the gates were closed there when we arrived at 5am so we parked at Mt. Si which was open. Bathrooms were really gross and on the other side of the trees torwards the trail. Only 3 other cars in the lot when we arrived. We Started on Mt Si trail, then took the first talus loop trail, then took teneriffe trail, then took the teneriffe/Mt. Si connector trail ( patchy snow at first, turns to deep slippery snow, microspikes were very helpful. Rocks in the creek crossings were also slippery.) Teneriffe was a long steady climb, Mt Si trail was more on the steep side. Teneriffe to Si connector had little to no views. Took Si on the way down. On Si trail there is a boulder field. Had a great time. After this trail we hiked Rattlesnake Ledge. Parking lot was full in the first couple areas on the way out. I think there are 4 or 5 big parking areas at Si. Picked up 4 bags of poo and trash at Si. This is a great trail, but be prepared for the climb.
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    4 months, 3 weeks ago
    Visited on Monday 4/22/19. Ample parking. It was moderately busy. Saw a kayaker fishing. Took a break in hiking to eat lunch by a tree next to the lake and I soaked my feet in the water for a bit. Beautiful area and lots of hiking options. After hiked rattlesnake ledge. Lots of people on this trail. I'd call this hike easy to moderate. Hiked 4.8 miles, 1211 elevation gain, 3hrs16mins hiking time. Hiked only to the first ledge. Did this trail after we had hiked Mt. Si via Teneriffe road trail. Porta potties at trailhead were the most clean. Vaulted toilets were smelly, it was also later in the day when we started. Had about 10 or 15 minutes on the ledge and then the rain started and it was getting socked in fast.
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    5 months, 1 week ago
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    5 months, 1 week ago
    Continuous cold rain changing to sleet near the top. Typical spring hike. Trail maintenance happening in the first half mile.
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    5 months, 2 weeks ago
    Great way to get away from the crowds on the main trail.
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    5 months, 3 weeks ago
    Incredible view from the top, of Mount Rainier and summit lake! Well worth the effort.
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    5 months, 3 weeks ago
    Si is good for a training hike (i.e. carrying lots of weight) but there are many hikes in the area that have less people, better views, and more interesting hiking in general. Trail is in fine shape. Almost all of the snow on trail is melted out minus a few sloppy sections near the top that won't last much longer with the warm temps and heavy foot traffic.
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    5 months, 3 weeks ago
    Mt. Si is always a great option during the winter months, as it is low enough in elevation to not be under a lot of snow. This was my second time up Mt. Si this winter, and the trail was snow-free until the last quarter mile or less. If you want to skip the crowds of the new trail to get a conditioning hike in, the old trail is a great choice. It can be steep in places, so if it's wet you'll need to be extra careful not to slip on your hike down. For an optional loop, complete the Boulder Garden loop on your way down.
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    6 months ago
    Always a great hike with plenty of water sounds along the way. Worth doing any time of the year.
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    7 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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    7 months, 2 weeks ago
    Loop trial offers the best of all ascents that rivals the original Mailbox across the valley and a nice loop on the descent. Spikes needed above 4000'. Waterfall is running and the Kamikaze trial has several very rough spots that need stabilization otherwise trail conditions are more typical of late Fall/Spring.
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    7 months, 4 weeks ago
    Trail firm with a few fallen logs on the way to Maple Grove. On large maple around 2.5 miles from the trailhead than required a bit of a crawl to pass under.
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    8 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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    9 months ago
    i love this hike. one day this summer, i did it twice in a row. yesterday was getting into marginal winter conditions. snow at the 2mi mark to summit — would have *almost* brought an axe for the last hundred feet (was with a pal new to snow and ice, could have chopped some much better steps for her). was as lovely as teneriffe gets. but a bit harder than usual.
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    9 months ago
    Did this hike in late June and did not luck out with the weather. Cloudy and rainy most of the time and once I got up to the ridge there were some strong winds. On the plus side I didn't see another person the entire hike or even another car at the trailhead. Great views of Cle Elum Lake and the surrounding area.
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    9 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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    9 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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    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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    10 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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    10 months, 3 weeks ago
    This is a moderate hike up to the Mt Pilchuck lookout. In the summer you can drive all the way to the TH but in spring you'll need to hike/ski from the gate which adds many miles. If the lookout is unlocked, you may stay there overnight. In late spring it is best to carry an ice axe and know how to use it as the trail is under snow and there are some steep places.
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    10 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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    11 months ago
    Done this a few times. Morning is great. Very few other hikers once you get past the branch to the lookout. But Afternoon is overrun is mountain bikers.
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    11 months ago
    This is one of the best hikes around. You can stop at Cascade Pass but you are missing the best part of the entire hike. The higher you go the better the views get. There is a trail all the way to Sahale Glacier Camp. RT here is about 12 miles. For those with some mountaineering skills you can summit Sahale Peak. You should have and know how to use crampons and an ice axe to get to the base of the rock. It is class 3-5 depending on the route up you choose.
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    11 months, 1 week ago
    Gorgeous autumn colors. Cold, sunny day but no ice. Pretty windy at the top
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    11 months, 1 week ago
    Really great little hike. Tons of mushrooms out, not too muddy or steep, and really great views from the top. This is a quick and easy trail that would be great to combine with some other small hikes along Highway 2.
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    11 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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    11 months, 2 weeks ago
    Really great little hike. Tons of mushrooms out, not too muddy or steep, and really great views from the top. This is a quick and easy trail that would be great to combine with some other small hikes along Highway 2.
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    11 months, 2 weeks ago
    Really great little hike. Tons of mushrooms out, not too muddy or steep, and really great views from the top. This is a quick and easy trail that would be great to combine with some other small hikes along Highway 2.
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    11 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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    11 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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    11 months, 2 weeks ago
    Sun poked through and allowed us to get up to the lookout one last time before winter weather hit (that night snow fell). Well maintained trail, long gradual elevation gain. Great 360 degree views when the weather is clear. Really windy on this hike and nearly blew us over. Fall colors are really not prominent in the Sunrise area, but still beautiful scenery. Visitors center is closed for the season, road will close by 10/15/18.
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    11 months, 3 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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    11 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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    12 months ago
    Great afternoon hike, ALL uphill though, but still fun. The view of the falls is incredible, well worth the effort. Many people up there on a Monday.
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    1 year 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, 1 month ago
    Holy mosquito! I don't think I've ever seen so many massive mosquitos anywhere in Washington state before. Seriously, these were Yukon Gold potato sized bugs, but not nearly as delicious (though my dog did hunt quite a number down—that's how big they were). It could have just been the time of year (early July, 2018), but all I have to say is THANK GOD we had a mosquito 'princess' net that I hauled up for my friend's 6 year old to play under. All that said, the lake was beautiful, and fantastic for swimming. Loved plunging off the rocks, which were like a waterslide down to the water and a nice drop-off. The hike up was definitely harder than expected, but that might be because I was hauling up all my backpacking gear, plus my dog's blanket and food, plus half my friend's kid's stuff... plus hauling up the 6 year old, too, who did a great job. We were going to spend two nights, but left after one due to the (wo)man-eating mosquitos. I'm still giving it 5 stars, because I THINK it was just the time of year, and not this particular lake that was so buggy...
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    1 year, 1 month ago
    This is a really popular hike, but what can I say? I just don't love it... Yes, it has beautiful views from various lookout points, but I just don't appreciate it as much as the other super popular hikes in the area (Little Si, for example, that has such gorgeous woods). If you're looking for something not too hard, with nice views and not far from the city, this isn't a bad choice. I do like that there's a lake at the bottom for swimming... I don't love the quantity of people, who seem to be more squished together at the viewpoints than on other trails. That said, if you continue further up, you'll have more space to yourself.
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    1 year, 1 month ago
    Mount Si, though I've hiked it a dozen times, always seems to go on and on! I don't like it as much as Little Si, which feels more meandering than the switchbacks of Mount Si. It's not necessarily a hard hike (unless you're not much of a hiker), but it definitely gets your heart rate up and is a great place to train and get stronger during the colder months. The views from the top are great, and I've enjoyed doing this hike after work hours on the weekdays, with headlamps, YakTracks and snowflakes. Beats going during the summer weekends when everyone else is there!
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    1 year, 1 month ago
    Lake Serene has been one of my favorite greater Seattle area hikes for years. I've snowshoed up in the winter (well, tried to snowshoe, but there really wasn't enough snow until up at the top!), and gone swimming a dozen times during the summer, picnicking at Lunch Rock and taking the cold, glorious plunge in (don't miss it, even if it's freezing to the touch!). I once hiked the whole 8-ish miles in my socks, because my new shoes were giving me blisters. The drive out can be a bit of a pain if you're leaving during rush hour, but of course anywhere near Seattle is the same. Though the trail has been closed due to nearby logging, it should be open again before the end of the 2018 summer (or so I've heard). Make sure to bring some good shoes, plenty of snacks, and something to swim in! And yes, the trail feels pretty long and exhausting at times, but hang in there! It's definitely worth it.
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    1 year, 1 month ago
    Two friends and I just hiked Lake Twentytwo for the first time since I was a child. My mom has quoted my 6 year old self exclaiming how beautiful the hike was many times over the last 20-something years, so my expectations were set pretty high! At the top, I wasn't disappointed, though I was surprised my child-self was able to make it up those rocky sections so many years ago. I did this hike because 1) I love alpine lakes 2) I had my little puppy in tow, so didn't want anything too difficult for her and 3) I didn't want to drive too far. At the top, we were pleasantly surprised with how few mosquitos there were (I forgot bug spray), and had a fantastic swim that wasn't as cold as I was anticipating. We had a nice rock to jump into the water all to ourselves. And for such a popular hike (and a pretty full parking lot for a Friday afternoon), I was also surprised that the lakeshore wasn't more crowded. Too bad there's no camping up there, but glad they're able to protect such a gorgeous lake!
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    A Seattle-area classic! Yes, it gets crazy crowded in nicer weather, but it's also a great hike to stretch your legs and take in a little of Mama Nature, without a big commitment. I often use Little Si as my winter training grounds, even when it's dark, since it's so easy to navigate. Just make sure to bring good footwear/crampons/Yak Tracks and poles and a headlight/backup light if you're hiking in the snow, as it gets super icy. 4-stars due to the parking congestion and crowds, not the trail itself, which is surprisingly lovely.
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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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    The hike is a bit of a climb, but you're rewarded with views from the hut at the top.
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    A great training hike close to Seattle. You stay in the trees for the majority of the hike, which makes it good for a rainy day.
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    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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    1 year, 2 months ago
    NOTE: this trail is closed due to logging activity until 8/31/2018. Fun short hike not far from Seattle. Not an awesome trail for running as it is very rocky up top. It also gets very crowded on weekends due to its proximity to the city and moderate nature.
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    A Seattle-area classic! Yes, it gets crazy crowded in nicer weather, but it's also a great hike to stretch your legs, take in a little of Mama Nature, without the commitment. I often use Little Si as my winter training grounds, even when it's dark, since it's so easy to navigate the trail. Just make sure to bring good footwear/crampons/Yak Tracks and poles and a headlight/backup light if you're hiking in the snow, as it gets super icy. 4-stars due to the parking congestion and crowds, not the trail itself, which is surprisingly lovely.
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