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    1 week, 3 days ago
    Nice fall day, with the maples starting to change. The clear day added to the beauty of the phenomenal hike. Must do to get a different perspective of the mountain.
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    2 months ago
    I hesitate to give any climb of a Cascade Volcano a less than 5 star rating because they are all unique and spectacular. For this climb, however, I have to go 4 stars not because the the first 1.8 miles are amazingly beautiful and well maintained or because the route is the best marked route of any climb I have done but because of the number of boulder fields. The boulder fields follow the route above tree line but there are multiple trail variations, no consistent path through the boulder fields and there was of course no snow. We were not expecting snow on the route in August but it was the only time we could climb and get a permit (which proved difficult to obtain). If one could do this climb in the early season when the boulder fields would be covered in snow then this would be an easy 5 stars. Without the snow, I think Mt. Adams is a better non-technical mountain in the late summer even though it has more elevation gain. Being able to glissade from the false summit (assuming safety in the glissade chute never takes a holiday) and then walk efficiently down the Crescent Glacier saves more time than the energy expended with the extra altitude and allows you to descend the extra altitude quickly.
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    2 months, 3 weeks ago
    I’ve hiked the Ape Caves 3 times now and always enjoy it. It’s not a long hike but can be challenging at times when down in the lava tubes. Would highly recommend having a head lamp so your hands are free.
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    2 months, 4 weeks ago
    Upper was Super fun with kids. My 5, 7 and 9 r old boys luvved it!
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    4 months, 2 weeks ago
    Loved this hike! The clouds lifted just enough that we were able to see the top of the mountain for a split second, and there were lovely views down the Ape Canyon. Wildflowers were present though not in huge quantities. The forest was quiet and peaceful.
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    4 months, 3 weeks ago
    Did this one in July, check the conditions of the snow/ice before glissading down. If it's still icy in the early morning, walk down instead of sliding.
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    5 months, 1 week ago
    This mountain is an icon. The view from the rim into the crater is other worldly and coupled with the panoramic view of several other cascade volcanoes the payoff is worth the work. If you have the gear for snow travel I’d suggest this route early in the season to avoid the dust on the monitor ridge route. Permits required after April first and they go fast.
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    5 months, 3 weeks ago
    Up at 2:30am, we signed in at the trail register at 4am (mandatory to do this, as well as carrying the permit you were issued ahead of time). Got to the summit around 10am, with a few gear adjustments and snack breaks on the way up. Weather changes quickly so come prepared for anything. If you're going to glissade please research proper techniques as we saw many people who were holding their axe in ways that could have caused horrific injuries. You do not want the pick of the axe in your thigh or chest!
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    6 months ago
    We camped at the Marble Mountain Sno-Park parking lot the night before and started our ascent on the Worm Flows Winter trail at 4:15 AM. We began the hike with micro spikes and did not take them off for the duration of the trip. The moon was bright but we still used our headlamps until about 5:45 when the sunrise was bright enough to light the path. After timberline, we were above the clouds and the sunrise was absolutely stunning. After reaching the "permit required" at about 3 miles up, it was a stair stepping climb of 5,500 feet to the summit. There is a false summit and only 650 feet more of elevation gain until the true summit. We were lucky to go on a sunny day with footholds in a majority of the snow pack up. Wear sunscreen! We reached the summit at 9:30 AM. The views were well worth the climb and there was a cornice that we needed to be careful of but otherwise, there were views of Adams, Hoood, and Rainier in addition the astounding layer of clouds and peeping holes of the mountains/lakes below. We had never tried glissading but once we got the hang of it, it was by far the easiest way down. Be sure to bring waterproof pants and an ice axe but due to the steep grade of the trail on snow/ice, walking would have been much more dangerous. There were TONS of hikers/skiers ascending as the snow started to soften during our descent and we were grateful to have started early enough where the snow was hard and easy to trek across. After glissading down 6,000 feet or so, we walked the additional 2 miles back to the parking lot and returned at 1:45 PM.
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    9 months, 3 weeks ago
    Trail climbs slowly to achieve a spectacular view from a promontory where we had lunch. We didn't ski down, but we saw half a dozen skiers and riders enjoying the sugary powder.
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    10 months ago
    Always a great, challenging hike. Nothing technical when done in summer/early fall. Make sure to bring plenty of water as there are no water sources. If it is going to be a hot day try to start as early as possible. Once the sun rises the upper stretches can be brutal in the heat. https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/track/e6abf134327279e1b6fb81610d04c1d3/?layer=caltoporelief,stamenterrainhd,OpenLandscapeMapHD
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