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    3 weeks ago
    Great trail and easy to follow.
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    4 weeks, 1 day ago
    Beautiful day, 360 dog view from Scorpion Mtn, Joan lake is full of easy to catch brook trout but the mosquitoes were out in force at the lake and at the peak of Scorpion
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    1 month ago
    The hike, yes it might be hard because of the mostly continues uphill but worth it every step, every breath and every drop of sweat. Was not extremely crowded, being a Thursday is probably the reason. Weather was a little overcast but the beauty of the lake and the falls male the all day look fantastic. Truly a pristine alpine lake and the surrounding peaks are stunning in their dark color. I would suggest anyone to do this hike it is worth it. Enjoy your adventures!
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    1 month ago
    First hike in Alaska! Palmer. With relatives and dog Newton.
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    1 month, 1 week ago
    It’s rated difficult but I feel it is not a difficult trail. It is a hard trail of you are not in shape. The incline and so many steps take a toll on the legs. It’s difficult if you are not prepared for the incline. Other wise great hike and beautiful. One for the bucket list for sure.
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    1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Great hike with moderate vertical, nice creek and high ridge-line with great views.
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    2 months ago
    Great day at Bridal Veil falls. Trail was clear. Fairly crowded on the weekend, but was still able to find parking. Though there were quite a few cars parked outside the lot. Very few bugs, though some mosquitos. As always the falls were great. My 4yo made it in spite of some of the rocks towards the end of the trail.
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    3 months, 1 week ago
    Very steep hike (1600ft gain in 0.6 miles) for the first part. Then a nice ridge walk before heading up a snow couloir. After the couloir a steep snow section followed by more mellow snow climbing to the summit rock.
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    3 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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    3 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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    9 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, 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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    10 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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    10 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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    10 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 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
    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
    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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