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21 hours ago

Amazing old growth trail. I agree with the moderate rating because of the elevation gain and the difficulty of navigating the trail. Roots and rocks can be a big problem if you don’t pay attention. The reward at the lake is well worth the effort. Beautiful even on a cloudy day! I had the trail and lake to myself today. I ran into 4 people on the way down. I will return to this trail in the summer I am sure it’s even more stunning!

This was our second time hiking this trail. We were here this same week (second in Nov) last year. This was a huge difference because this year was colder and there was a lot of snow. As mentioned by many the first leg, the incline, is hard on the lungs. Especially for those of us who are “flat landers”. Once you get past that, it is less difficult. Snow does make it more challenging as well but it is worth the hike. We continued for about 30 minutes past Eagles nest and turned around. We could tell it was not traveled as much. It was not crowded but when we encountered anyone it was usually dog owners with very friendly dogs. Happy hiking!

hiking
3 days ago

It took about 2h30m getting to the lake and 1h30m going down for my team. It was so windy at the lake while we got there (about 2pm).

hiking
3 days ago

Too many insects/bugs during hike.

Very scenic trail. Need good hiking shoes preferably waterproof. Cold at the top in November!

Mills Lake is beautiful! Wanted to head as far as Black Lake but it was getting dark and the snow was high af, not really a visible trail once you reach the sign a ways after Mills Lake.

It was an easy hike... it got cold at the top. Enjoy the hike.

hiking
5 days ago

Wet, slippery but beautiful! Waterproof shoes a must! Beautiful and frosted ground at the lake.

good for kids

hiking
6 days ago

this hike from trail head to lake only about 3 miles one way. easy and pretty.

hiking
9 days ago

We loved this hike! Caught a beautiful hot day out in Bodega and started at Wright’s beach and went all the way out to Goat Rock & back. We went a slower pace and stopped at a couple beaches, checked out the tide pools. About 4.2 hours- walking with a recovering ACL. Stopped to take many scenic pictures as well. Stopped on the way out at the Fishetarian for the best clam chowder in Bodega Bay. They have great waterfront picnic tables.

Amazing views and actually saw whales from this vista!

Did Mills Lake 11/4. Fair amount of snow and the trial is hard packed with some icy spots. My micro spikes were definitely helpful. Super windy but most of the trail is in tree cover so not too bad. Beautiful views!! One of my favorite hikes.

This is a great trail to just take in views of the surrounding areas. Although there were definitely others when we went around mid morning on a Sunday, it didn’t really feel too crowded. You are definitely climbing a little but there is nothing too steep. The path is wide and even, which makes it easier. The views of the surrounding mountains and of the water are spectacular. You have many opportunities along the trail to see so many beautiful things. Would definitely do this again and definitely do it mid morning or earlier since it looked like it got cloudier as the day progressed.

Fairly easy trail, even in heavy snow. Views and hike start to get more interesting once you pass into White River Natl Forest.

hiking
12 days ago

Went today in the rain, pretty good rainy day hike with a lot of tree coverage. However, there are lots of rocks/roots that get slippery. Several different streams to cross and a good bit of time walking through water, having waterproof boots is *highly* recommended. 2-3 cars when we arrived around 9:30, but was full as we left around 11:45. The gravel road had a lot more potholes than we expected, doable in a basic car, but going slow + dodging was definitely key.

hiking
13 days ago

K and I did this one in the rain. The Falls look great. Per NOAA the Skykomish flow was over 35.2 KCFS. The trail is in good shape, not too much of a crowed.

This is a good short hike, but there is nothing special about it. Fortunately the majority of the trail is shaded. I hiked it an early Friday afternoon in late October and there were not too many people.

hiking
19 days ago

hiked from iron horse trail it is about 2.5 miles off trail, well worth the hike good views not too busy but there are people

The Lake was so beautiful and not much traffic. Hike was not bad but too windy at the top. The fall colors are gone :( Still an awesome hike with many falls creek running along for most part of the hike.

Beautiful views! Short hike, very worth it. Accessible from turnouts...not marked.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful trail. I got there at 10:30am and there were lot of parking spots. It took 2 hour uphill and 1hr 15min down hill. I will be back in the summer, Great Lake and picnic area.

Ok hike. The view from the lower falls was mostly blocked by trees. We didn’t have time to continue on the trail but the middle viewpoint is only .3 miles farther. There’s also a viewpoint at the top.
Crowded with families.

Terrific views of majestic mountain ranges along most of the trail. Worth the 17-mile winding road up.

hiking
24 days ago

Pretty easy and relatively low incline hike with flat and wide trail! Easy to get to and a great lake view from the top, nestled into the mountain peaks. I wanted to swim by the rocks were kinda sharp and didn’t want to cut my foot. Did this in August.

What a beautiful lake and the trail is pretty nice as well! The frosty boardwalk around the lake was fantastic! So many mushrooms out still and the lonely raven barking across the lake was awesome!

Ok hike. Not the best views considering the miles. Would also be prettier in the summer.
Might try again next year.

Beautiful forested trail and lake. The only downside are the massive potholes one mile before the trail. I found the hike to be easy and parking was not an issue.

Spectacular! Hiked on a bluebird Sunday. Found parking at glacier gorge th at 8 am. Icy from near the start of the trailhead. Some seemed to melt by the return trip due to the warmth of the day. Very icy between Mills and Black lake and some post holing. Spikes and gaiters would be helpful. The trail itself is fairly easy- some short steep sections. The scenery is unbelievable. Great views of Longs and some cool waterfalls along the way. Wish I'd had time to get to frozen lake, but with the steepness and ice, crampons might be better at that point

hiking
26 days ago

This hike is accurately rated as moderate. It’s well marked/traveled but is all up to the late and all down back out. I spent most of the summer kayaking and haven’t lived in this area very long so I am not used to this much elevation gain. It took me about 4 hours to get up and 2 1/2 hours down. We met 2 groups that turned around and didn’t make it up because they were going to run out of time (not because they didn’t think they could ultimately do it) I think people commenting it took them 2 hours to get up are in great shape. So if you’re like me and in OK overall shape but maybe not hiking shape please know this is absolutely doable but leave time. We packed a lunch, spent about 90 minutes around the lake and then made our way back down. It was a beautiful sunny day.

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