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    2 days, 16 hours ago
    Pretty techy uphill. Still a blast, but you’re gonna overheat ur 450 probably
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    3 days, 23 hours ago
    Probably one of the most beautiful lakes in WA!
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    2 weeks, 2 days ago
    Pipeline trail - 3 wags - pretty & close
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    3 weeks, 4 days ago
    Trail in good condition, a bit rocky and uneven in places. Very busy trail, no bugs, very cold at night (low 40s)
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    3 weeks, 4 days ago
    Nice hike up to some beautiful 360 views. You earn your Wheaties on the ascent but worth it.
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    1 month, 1 week ago
    The White river valley trail is un-maintained. In glacier peak wilderness that means an abundance of brush overgrowth and loss of the trail. Although the trail can be followed fairly easily up to thunder basin, only remnants of the trail can be found beyond that. In most places the brush is so high it’s over your head. You will be pushing through all sorts of vegetation including thistles. Early on in the trail not much beyond the junction with the buck creek trail you can get a taste of minor brushy-ness where the trail is still very visible. However, remember this is only minor compared to what’s past thunder basin. Also, after the last stream crossing as you start to climb, the trail becomes slightly more visible, but it is still hard to follow. We were able to follow it up until a sharp switch back that occurs near a gorge. We couldn’t find that switch so we ended up climbing up the gorge which I’m sure would be a waterfall earlier in the year. It did require minor rock climbing. We ended up exiting the gorge when things became too vertical and continued our climb pulling ourselves up the rest of the way using the densely packed brush. This was the only time I was thankful for the brush. We eventually intersected the trail once again. From that point on until the intersection with the pct it was fairly easy to follow with only a couple narrow and slick washouts on slopes. I and my husband were able to make our way through, but it was one of the most miserable hikes we’re ever had, and one of the most exhausting even compared to our days of 15+ miles with two 2,500+ passes.

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    1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Worth the work. Plan wisely so you summit the correct peak. Some others were robbed of that chance due to wrong routes.
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    1 month, 2 weeks ago
    This is an ultra classic moderate climb in an alpine setting. Beauty forsure
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    1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Great scenic views. Most of the tra is in the shade, very nice in July. A good amount of vertical for a 3:10 hike.
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Prime rib approach; hated the scree field
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    An easy, scenic loop hike on Mount Rainier’s east side with great views and wildflowers. Very popular- expect to see a lot of other visitors.
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    A tough climb at the beginning, but the rewards are worth it. Spent the first night at Lake Ethel and then the next night at Larch Lake. I would like to come back in October when the Larch turn gold. The third night we hiked back to Loch Eileen and hiked up to Donald lake. The best lake out of all was larch and cup.
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    1 month, 3 weeks 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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    1 month, 4 weeks 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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    2 months 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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    2 months ago
    Mostly pavement. Traditional FS gravel road with minimal views
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    2 months, 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 months, 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 months, 3 weeks ago
    Great scramble with Kelly Chris Michael and Amy
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    2 months, 3 weeks 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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    2 months, 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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    2 months, 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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    2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Better this time because for 5 miles up there are no trees on the path. Lizards but no snakes.
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    2 months, 3 weeks ago
    While easily accessible from the Lone Pine campground, this hike is in an almost comic state of disrepair. There are probably a dozen rotten or smashed bridges and 50+ blow downs over the trail. It’s still navigable but it’ll require some jumping and high stepping. On the plus side, we saw a variety of bizarre mushrooms and the tree growth is neat. The two large bridges over Early Winters Creek are spectacular and in good shape.
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    3 months ago
    Strenuous with lost of rock scrambling, but an excellent payoff at the summit! Jump in the lake!
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    3 months ago
    From Inspiration Lake area out to Snow Creek trailhead.
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    3 months 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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    3 months, 1 week ago
    Really great hike. Nice easy grade to and from Lake Valhalla. Mount McCausland trail up is a well established trail as well. Ended up turning back from it but looked like a nice trail going up. Highly recommend hiking this area
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    3 months, 1 week ago
    Very pretty. Crowded until you get past Naches loop
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    3 months, 2 weeks ago
    Only one on this trail, made for bike or motorcycle.
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    3 months, 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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    3 months, 3 weeks ago
    FR 7305 is badly washed out and just barely passable with a high clearance 4WD vehicle

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    3 months, 4 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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    3 months, 4 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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    4 months ago
    Nice practice hike with some moderate elevation
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    4 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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    4 months, 1 week ago
    I would wait to do this hike in July. A little past mile 1, the trail was mostly snow covered all the way to the lake with infrequent patches of dirt. The snow was slushy and the trail was really muddy, which made the trail more tiring than it normally would be. With that said, we got some great views at the top and the lake was beautiful, although still half way covered in ice.
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    5 months 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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    5 months 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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    5 months 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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    5 months, 1 week ago
    Popular tour. The “Madison Ave” Run from Blue Lake Peak Col into
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    5 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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    5 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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    5 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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    5 months, 3 weeks ago
    Visited 4/15/19, hiked 7.9 miles. Liked the landscape, just didn't like the north entrance. Wouldn't recommend using the North trailhead if you want to got down to the lower parts of ancient lakes. You have to traverse down slick rock and a boulder field to get to the easier trails. Park at burke lake if you are looking for something more moderate. Burke lake also has a vaulted toilet and lots of camping spots.
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    6 months ago
    Great trip when avoiding the rain, long driver over the mountains. Trail is muddy in spots, and slick, last mile is a steep climb. Saw some trail runners. Flowers just beginning to show. I recommend hiking boots, trekking poles, spray for ticks, dress in layers, was windy and cool at the top. We took lots of breaks for pictures, hydration and layering. Go early for good parking. I don't think I would recommend this when hot, dry and Sunny weather is here.
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    6 months, 2 weeks ago
    Backpacked in to Ancient Lakes and set up camp between the lakes and by the waterfall. Stars were out, coyotes were howling, frogs were croaking, the fish were jumping and wildflowers are starting to make an appearance. Next morning we hiked over towards waterfall but did not traverse the rocks to get to it since we had to dogs. Then we headed on the trail to Dusty Lake. We came out up above Dusty with spectacular views and there were people on the lake in various flotation devices. After a brief stop we headed back towards TH taking another trail down with lots of scree, trekking poles were very helpful. Great hike with lots of connecting trails and we were able to get in a lot of miles in two days and still not see everything. Sage brush was taller than I in some places.
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    9 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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    10 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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    10 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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    10 months, 4 weeks ago
    Nice short Thanksgiving hike - an inch of snow on the ground. Nice views of the lake, with low cloud over the peaks opposite. Easy, quiet, flat, good for non-hiker family. Parking at the state park requires s Discovery Pass; you can buy an annual pass online.
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    11 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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    11 months, 2 weeks ago
    Hiked this trail Oct. 2017. Beautiful scenery, fun and challenging trail.
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    11 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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    12 months ago
    Started around 8am on what seemed like a not very busy morning. Did the loop in clockwise fashion as I like to get the steep part out of the way, and also hike the opposite direction of the majority. Weather was good and some larches still in full gold dress. Clear views to Black Peak, Glacier Peak, etc. No snow on trail yet, but some areas of frozen ground. It became pretty evident that it was indeed a busy day on the trail as we were on the 2nd half, coming down beside Lake Ann. The parking lot overflowed out onto Highway 20. Early start was perfect.
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    12 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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    1 year 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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    1 year ago
    Gorgeous autumn colors. Cold, sunny day but no ice. Pretty windy at the top
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    1 year 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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    1 year 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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    1 year 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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    1 year 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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    1 year 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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    1 year ago
    Partly cloudy day didn’t show much of the big attraction (Mt. Rainier), but still a beautiful easy family friendly trail. Passed a dozen other hikers, found out we went the wrong direction on the loop. So FYI go clockwise (left) at the start of the trail to get the constant views towards the mountain. Beautiful views of the lakes. Fall colors are definitely in season and gorgeous.
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    1 year, 1 month 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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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    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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    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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