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wasn't expecting much but oh my this was an amazing hike. nothing strenuous but such a gorgeous trail. looks like an enchanted forest. so nice to have the creek the entire way leading to the ultimate sight! the lower creek falls even has boulders to sit and enjoy the view.
Great hike. Saw only two groups of hikers the entire time. My biggest complaint was Google Maps gave me really bad directions to the trailhead. Use directions to Sunset Falls Campground. Then cross the bridge and turn left (East). The roads are a lot better and it will literally shave off 30 minutes of travel time. https://goo.gl/bYdDQU
Yesterday I completed the Windy 6D challenge its Wind Mountain 6 × 15 miles 6990 feet of elevation gain 699 flights of stairs in 6 hr or less i completed the challenge at 5 hr 19 min and to be the first to summit Wind 6 times in 6 hrs or less love this hike nice and steep in parts good training hike but being only 2.5 miles you might not get the workout you were looking for so pack heavy or go really fast or just walk along and enjoy nature its what you make of it
Arrived at the Norway Pass TH by 9:00 am on Thursday, November 3. Sole car in the parking lot and the only human tracks on the trail. 2 1/4 miles of gradual elevation gain over the next hour up to Norway Pass. Soak in picturesque views of Mount St Helens and Spirit Lake before continuing to the Lakes Trail junction (less than a mile). Turn right up to Bear Pass. This will start the desired counter clockwise loop route (clockwise toward Mount Margaret is definitely an option as well). Descend .5 miles to Grizzly Lake, the first of four lakes visited before the Mount Whittier cutoff. Obscurity, Panhandle and Shovel Lakes also await over the next 4.7 miles. The terrain is an impressive mixture of devastation and regrowth. Streams flow frequently and the views are endless - you are never fully closed in. Reached the Mount Whittier TH by 12:45 pm.
There may be a couple of ways to tackle the first part of the Mount Whittier trail, depending on your comfort level and experience. Consider taking a rerouted path that leads east and then climbs south up to the ridge. My chosen route led Southeast along an exposed section (Snow Lake below), where two climbers ropes aided in crossing an eroded area. A short climb later and you emerge in a small saddle. Immediately turn uphill (north) until you reach the ridge. Now, the really enjoyable part begins. Follow a fairly well defined game trail along the ridge. A bit of route finding skills may be necessary. Scramble up two false summits until you finally reach Mount Whittier (~5,883 ft elevation). Spooked a trio of mountain goats and spotted many more below. Stellar views of St Helens, Adams and Rainier. Spotty snow in a few places on the north side. Keep right after descending Mount Whittier and continue to follow the ridge until you meet up with the Boundary trail. An optional side trip (on the right/South) to Mount Margaret may tempt you along the way. Back to Norway Pass at 4:00 pm; parking lot by 4:40 pm. Spotted a total of at least 25 elk and nearly 30 mountain goats on my trek. A truly amazing experience in an area I will most certainly visit again!