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Beautiful hike! You can hear streams and see waterfalls all throughout the hike. Get here early, the parking lot is full by 10:30 on the weekend. Lots of families and people hiking on the weekend but still did not feel crowded.

hiking
3 days ago

A few too many people for my liking. Hard hike but the view was pretty.

hiking
4 days ago

It looks like they are working on the road to the trailhead. All types of vehicles are able to make it to the parking lot and trailhead. Very nice paved road until you get about 12 miles from trailhead. From there, no big rocks/ruts, but very washboard! I drove very slow much of the way in a Corolla, some people cruised by going 30mph. Very nice trailhead area with bathrooms. It was full with about 20 cars along road as we left.
4.4 miles, 2 hours roughly to lake, another .5 miles to the far end of lake.
Dress for fall, on our way back, saw people going up in shorts, tank tops, sandals, and little gear. They were already looking and commenting on being cold. It was cool and breezy at the lake.
No mountain goats out today.
Didn’t catch any fish. Had a bite. Tried some slow spinning flies, spinners, and power bait. We’ll have to do more research before fishing there again.

One of the prettiest beaches in the state.

11 days ago

The hike is beautiful. Very worthwhile, and lots of stunning views. That said, real talk-- Several people said it took them around ~5 hrs RT, or that it was more 'moderate' etc. but just for some perspective, I'm a short legged hiker from the lowlands and this hike took me more like 7-8 hours. I'd say the trail was 80% easy to follow, but the last mile is real rocky and marked mostly with stone towers-- I definitely had to pay attention and got turned around more than once. The other parts of the trail are really well maintained though. The last section requires some scrambling (again, short-legged hiker-- maybe the grasshopper legs out there had another experience, but for me it was quite a bit of scrambling.) My phone also tracked 13.4 miles, rather than the 8.8 listed here. Part of that was walking to the trail head (cause I had to park a bit away) and some of that was getting lost from the trail :) But I would still say that 11-12 miles is closer to the truth? The lake is beautiful, and the last few miles of the hike are well worth the effort . For me I would say the 'hard' ranking was pretty on point (although I'd probably go more with 'a nice challenge' than 'hard' as a ranking, because I was enjoying myself and things aren't usually hard when you enjoy yourself.) Obviously, perception of difficulty is contingent on lots of things, but for the sake of perspective, if you're a short-legged, leisure hiker, like myself, this one may challenge you a bit ;-)

Took 2 small kids on this trek, did not do full red circle, we cut through dotted line and while there is a clearly marked trail, it is not often travelled enough to keep it wide. Too much tall brush that kids were put into carriers. Semi challenging hike with rocks and inclines but it was fun!

Hiked on 9/27/2018

Lovely stroll on the beach. Do yourself a favor and plan to hike/walk this trail on a low tide during the afternoon. If you do this you'll have a pleasant fine pebble beach to walk on and plenty to see if the fog burns off.

16 days ago

Beautiful hike with impressive views to the valley on the way up. Almost all of the hike is under heavy growth, so very pleasant and fragrant. Drastically insufficient parking, though the picnic area across the highway has a fair amount more. The lake is more impressive than I think most people expect it to be. It’s small but in a dramatic setting. Nice access to the shore for swimming. Possibly among the most rugged trails around, resembling a stream bed more than a trail for long stretches, especially the third quarter of the hike up, or so. Quite fatiguing especially on the way down, where each step is fairly calculated. Not a place for solitude, but quite lovely.

hiking
16 days ago

Awesome day hike, took about 5 hours total RT. Lake is really pretty, a small alpine lake w stunning views in the background. Really neat rock formations surrounding the lake. Would’ve loved to backpack and spend more time in the area.

The trail for 99percent is easy to follow, the very last segment was a little confusing. There are Some rock piles to follow and keep an eye on to help with guidance.

hiking
16 days ago

Magnificent old growth, gnarly beauties all along the trail, peekaboo waterfalls and many rivulet crossings even this dry season
Must go round the lake to appreciate the grand scale of Pilchuck backdrop with ice caves, giant talus boulders, and views across the lake
Sturdy shoes needed to traverse rugged, rocky stretches

hiking
16 days ago

Loved this hike. It’s more moderate to me. Trail to get to the lake can be hard so look for stacked rocks to find you way up once you get to that point or open up your map to see where you are. So a lot of goats and gorgeous flowers. When I went it was a little Smokey but not bad until hiking down. The lake was ok but I was there to finally see a mountain goat and I got to. I got so close and got to take tons of pictures of the goats. The water wasn’t as blue as I thought it would be but I also didn’t stay too long. Bring water because areas of the hike are open.

walking
16 days ago

Not sure why this is labeled “moderate”? It’s a really flat, easy, walking trail. Beautiful views along the water. Locals walk their dogs on this trail. Lots of wildlife. Saw an osprey today. Have seen eagles also. When tide is out, a sandy beach fun for kids. There is a parking area within the housing development, just keep driving west and down to the water on Edwards Way. Or a small parking area at Kansas Ave with stairs leading down to trail.

Beautiful hike Sept 2. We got an early start and it was not too crowded. Met lots of people coming up on our way down. The early start was well worth it.

hiking
16 days ago

Amazing hike! Every mile of this hike was breathtaking, top favorite of the year. The last mile to the lake was a little difficult to follow so really pay attention to the cairns to find your way. Also bring plenty of water or a filter pump/tablets.

We completed this hike yesterday and absolutely loved it! Start at 1 pm and ended at 7 pm, inbetween stopped for views, pics and snacks.
- Drive up to the parking lot was 8 miles and very bumpy and rough, I had a 10+ year old car and drove very slow. Watch out for the potholes!
- Once you reach the parking lot, if you don't have the National Park Pass (which we didn't), at the start of the hike there is an envelope that you can drop $5 into and leave the receipt on the dashboard of your car.
- The initial part of the hike starts out flat which gave our body a nice warm up before the climb began. I consider this hike an intermediate one compared to some of the others I have done but there were still some steep areas that gave me quite a work out (higher up during the hike).
- I am happy I had my poles with me because the path is quite uneven with stones and rocks, the hiking poles kept me steady on my feet.
- We never were bored because there was so much beauty around us! Also delicious wild berries to eat along the way :)
- The top was slightly chilly and windy. Disappointed that Mt. Baker was not fully visible due to clouds but the view was still wonderful. No snow to worry about during the hike.
- For sure we'll be back next time to set up camp and enjoy the stars and mountains!

hiking
17 days ago

Two hours to the top, an hour coming down. Gorgeous views. Hike is very gradual going up- it’s a great hike all around! Can be slippery. Shoes with good grip necessary.

Great workout, prepare to climb, climb, climb! I love this one for the ease of accessibility and crowds. I would definitely feel safe hiking this one alone and it’s also a great hike to bring out of town visitors on as it’s challenging and yet still doable, and has great payoff with beautiful views.

19 days ago

This place is beautiful, did it 2 times. During the summer bring bug spray, once you get to the lake- they wont leave you alone. Sunscreen is needed as well, there are areas exposed you to sun.

walking
21 days ago

Love D-Pass Bridge views! But “hike” as described is more of a walk. We take all out of town visitors to this landmark...a challenge to find parking on the weekends.

I'm new to hiking and not in the best shape but I did this trail a little slower than some with a puppy. Beautiful scenery, diverse terrain. Loved it!

hiking
23 days ago

great hike fairly easy, if you dont take a young child that u have to carry, super rocky for kids younger than 7yr. we took or 3yrs old she did fine on the steps but the up hill is mostly rocky which my husband had to put her in the hiking back pack. which made it difficult to try to keep balance on some areas that had sharp rocky terrain

23 days ago

Moderate hike, left early enough to beat the crowd. Bring enough food and water to sit and enjoy the view. Swimming was a refreshing treat, bring a suit. Trail was easy enough to tote a paddle board up.

hiking
23 days ago

Nice easy hike - with a couple of uphill sections that would be difficult for a small dog. Great views of beaches and deception pass.

Great hike, well maintained trail. No problem with the directions getting there however the signs have the trail number not the name, this is trail 1390. Lots of goats! Lots of people but not like Colchuck. No bugs! Bathroom at Trailhead and a wilderness toilet at top! Very exposed and gets very cold at top. We tracked about 13 miles so I'm not sure how accurate the mileage is. Tons of rocks so you need really good hiking shoes. I used my poles alot! My favorite part was the amazing view of Mnt Stuart!!!

on Lake Ingalls

25 days ago

Great time. Arrived at trailhead 8/24/18 at around 4:00PM. Parking lot full. The forest service road is long, but easily passable in Prius. The last mile of the trail is tough, but the views are amazing. Great campsites (none at lake). Water and thunder box at campsites. Lots left by the time I rolled in at 6:30 or so. After cresting the shoulder and heading down it got COLD. Really cold. Layer for fall. I slept in down jacket and long johns and every other piece of clothing I had. Some late wildflowers survive. Most importantly... mountain goats!! They look so wise and their horns look so sharp. A great overnight. I would have been too tired to hike back in same day, glad I stayed the night.

hiking
26 days ago

8/23/18 (Thursday) Great hike. Started about 9:45AM & approximately 8 people before us. We were still in quite a bit of smoke for most of the climb up. Great workout. My son (16 yrs) wished he would have brought an additional tshirt. Soaked from sweat. Arrived at the lake within 2 hours. The smoke was just beginning to clear. Beautiful scenery. Able to see the snow and an ice cave (did not hike up to it; obviously dangerous) but it was beautiful for pictures. I would recommend it. I would like to hike it again in the clear blue skies.

hiking
27 days ago

The trail into the lake is pretty ordinary. It’s well marked and maintained with little challenges. Once on top the views of Stuart peak are impressive, and 180 degrees from Stuart I was even able to see Mt.Rainier. The water at the lake was much warmer than I expected, and the little hidden beaches were delightful. The geology around the lake was a highlight for me. So much to see around the lake could definitely spend more time there.

Gorgeous trail, great for dogs. Saw no one else until I was near the parking lot. Found the best tasting blackberry bushes as well!

backpacking
28 days ago

This was recommended as a backcountry trip by a ranger to me, my dad, and 8 & 10 year old sisters. I would not recommend this hike at all to anyone with small children. Very steep, gravelly, drop offs, and the climb itself up to Easy Pass and down the other side to backcountry Fisher campground is no "Easy" task. It is straight up the entire way. There are several convenient river crossings to fill up water at. One of the hardest backpacking trips I've ever done, but the feeling of accomplishment once reaching the top is indescribable. There are views of glacier covered mountains for miles, and the wildflowers are so intensely colored that it's like walking through a rainbow. Be sure to bring pants and bug nets if you go down the other side of Easy Pass into the backcountry, that is where the biting horse flies were the thickest. Overall, a very empowering, accomplished hike that I will remember for a long time.

hiking
29 days ago

We hiked during the week and there was light traffic on the way up but on the way down there was increasingly more traffic. The hike is gorgeous and Lake 22 is picture perfect! This was our first hike in WA and it didn’t disappoint.

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