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    3 weeks, 5 days 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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    3 weeks, 6 days 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
    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 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, 2 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 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
    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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    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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    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
    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, 4 weeks 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
    Gorgeous autumn colors. Cold, sunny day but no ice. Pretty windy at the top
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    11 months, 2 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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    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, 2 months 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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