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The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington is a National Forest extending more than 140 miles along the western slopes of the Cascade Range from the Canada–US border to the northern boundary of Mount Rainier National Park.
Great hike with a stunning waterfall! Hike is rather difficult as it's rocky and can be slippy so take care. There are some great views on the way up of Rattlesnake and the surrounding valley. Giving it 4 stars as the parking lot can get far too crowded. Better to start early or around lunchtime like I did.
Great snow hike! Be prepared with snow shoes or Yaktraks. About a foot of new snow, trail is not packed down. Its 2.7 miles from where the road is closed to the trail head. 7.4 miles round trip. Falls were spectacular!
Go early! We arrived at 730 am, were back to car at 1100 am.
I unfortunately encountered underground hornets within the first 100 yards of the trail. They are about two feet off the trail just to the right. I am allergic to bees, so unfortunately didn't get to finish the hike (thought it would be wise to head down just in case I had a severe reaction) but the drive up was beautiful and I bet the hike is the same way. I plan on heading back in a few weeks to finish the hike.
The trailhead is a little difficult to find. You have to park at the gate and walk up the road toward the Fire Training Academy. The trailhead is unmarked, but pretty clearly visible on the right hand side at a bend in the road.
The hike up to the balcony is pleasant and not too strenuous. When you get to the balcony, you'll be able to see up I-90 for quite a ways. It's pretty cool!
This was very pretty and not too strenuous to get to the falls. I've done this hike in the summer and the winter. The falls are beautiful and roaring in the summer. In the winter, you need showshoes or at the very least snow spikes. The falls are frozen and spectactar.
I would recommend hiking on to Lake Serene in the summer. Bring your sunglasses! The sun reflecting off the lake is blinding. In the winter, the lake is not Serene at all; I experienced 60mph winds and all the water in my CamelBack hose froze solid.
Its a beautiful hike but not for beginners and we where not prepared. I recommend a backpack and water shoes. We didn't realize you had cross over rivers to get to the other side. Start very early in morning and take your time. It is totally worth the trip/hike.