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snowshoeing
1 month ago

Started at 6:30, the beginning was well maintained and packed down. About a mile in the trail becomes very faint, snow becomes thick and difficult to traverse through and there is a various amount of different side trails that can confuse hikers without GPS. Around the 3 mile mark my group turned around due to weak trail appearance. Maybe wait a couple more weeks for this one. Snow shoes very much acquired. Be aware of possible avalanche danger

very well worth the hike...and very beautiful

great pit stop while backpacking through the alpine lakes for flyfishing.

This must be one of my favorite, if not "the" favorite hike - it has really just about everything: an adventurous drive to the trail-head (more on that later), a forest to start your hike in, a lush mountain meadow, plenty of snow-fields (mid July) all the way to a rock-scrambling part to the lookout at the end. And the views, oh my, the views. Going up, they are beautiful already but once you make it to the ridge that will get you to the lookout, you're in for a real treat. I just wish we had known that it was possible to stay overnight in the lookout - sunset and sunrise must be absolutely stunning from there.
The hike itself is not easy and the last part would be tough for people with vertigo but otherwise we didn't think it was too difficult. It's easily manageable in an afternoon even if you take plenty of time to soak in the views at the top. We saw a bear and a pica rabbit too.
Oh, and I almost forgot, the drive. I saw cars parked at the trail-head that had pretty low clearance, so it must be possible to get there in just about anything but I was really happy that we took a rental 4WD SUV. The forest road is quite steep in places and littered with potholes large enough to break your axle in, so having a higher clearance vehicle comes in handy.
Overall, if there is just one hike you are going to do in this part of the park, make it this one!

question: is this a 9.2 mile hike from start to finish back to your car, or do you double the miles 9.2 mi in and 9.2 mi out??? thanks

hiking
3 months ago

Incredible. Most beautiful hike I’ve ever been on in the US so far.

3 months ago

it's actually 15.5 miles from parking to lake Lillian and back--not 8. hike was beautiful and got a little technical with a small boulder field and an unclear path within a half mile or less of lake Lillian. my suggestion is to head to Margaret lake and save yourself several miles for a very similar, if not more, beautiful view.

great views of Rainer on a clear day on your way up.

Hidden lake lookout. Attempt number 3. Success.
It was king of challenge for me, I tried to get to the lookout two times before (May and November), two times in snow, two fails.
The initial plan for today was relax and enjoy snowshoe around Artis Point, but yesterday evening when I was checking reports I found on alltrails.com that somebody put 5 stars for Hidden Lake trail 5 days ago, it was enough for me to change my plans and try Hidden Lake again. Despite great weather I was not sure if I can make it, I still remember how much snow and avalanches was in May, but I decided give it a shot.

Came to trail around 10:30, actually I didn't get to trailhead even on AWD and parked mile or so before TH, 6 or 7 cars already were there. I reached TH in 40 mins and tired, it was difficult to go by snow, decided put on snowshoe after forest part. Forest part was easier, since less snow there, you can do in hiking boots, but gaiters recommended. Met two people going back, they done forest part of the trail and turned back.

Once I reached basin area I starded to follow by ski track, it was not easy, but doable in snowshoe which is a must at this part. I folowed ski track by right side from the stream, when actuall trail goes by left side. There are few avalances already came down, snow looks stable and solid, but anyway pay attention. Clibmed up to second avalanch, which came from the top and turned left to actual trail. Then did couple switchbacks and crossed this avalanch again toward to travers part of the trail. Despite hard and stable snow it was little bit scary to walk by avalnches, but I decided to go, maybe not too smart.

Travers part was very nice and much easier! View was gorgeous, clear views of peaks around, mt Baker, sun, snowshoe. Btw there are some steep slopes on this part as well, I even used iceaxe to go throug it, but as I said I followed by ski track, maybe it possible to find less steep route.

Once I reached end of the travers part I saw many snowshoe footprints at this point I realized that it should be some winter route. Definitely! I've seen many cars but met only two people, and ski track I followed by was few days long.

From this point there are few snowshoe trackы - first is regular trail, second goes to hidden lake peaks. I climbed up by second one, but at this point I did't know that it goes to the peaks, i realized it lated once I got closer. I didn't get to the peak, because it was already 2:30 pm and I had not so much time. I turned right towards to the lookuout, getting closer I've seen some people doing travers by peak to the lookout. In some report guys called this part "do it or die", kind of true :)

So, I reached lake viewpoint, then I took one of the snowshoe track up, travers part to the lookout is very steep, if you will go there you need to be very careful. I put of basket from my right pole and used it as iceaxe, before doing next step I put it deep in snow.

Finally I reached lookout, there were five people and two dogs, they came for overnight. They told me about winter route, it is shorter and much steeper. But! it much safer from avalanch standpoint since it goes through forest and there less snow now. So, if you go tomorrow or before next snowfall you can go by regular route, after snowfal basin area will be risky, but you can try winter route. But as I said it is very very steep espesially at the beginning (from road to lookout)

I took some food and photos and went down by regular route. Yeah, views were just awesome!

On my way back I met three people going up, they came by regular route as me. So, I tool winter route back, first half was easy, since I went down, moderate level of snow, good snowshoe track. Second part was more tough, slopes were much steeper, lots of fallen trees, I lost track little bit, because snow disappeared and I just followed direction to the road. Finally I reache the road, walked down to my car and went home.

Finally I can cross Hidden Lake Lookout trail in my list as completed.

Beautiful hike !

I did this hike on November 3,2017. The main road on baker is clean and easy to drive however, once you get off the main road and take the trail road it is not clear and there is a lot of snow. Must be confident driving backcountry in snow. I took my Subaru Outback and was okay taking it slow, 1 more foot of snow an I probably wouldn't make it to the trail head. Be prepared to snow shoe. I recommend snowshoes or it's going to be a grueling hike. Beautiful scenery! Must do in the summer as well.

Lots of snow up there. I got to the lake viewpoint but not to the lookout, since I was first on the trail and spent lots of time for trail finding and overall visibility was awful. Poles, gaiters is a must. Snowshoe, spikes might be helpful. Find my report on wta

Northern Cascades at its finest.

hiking
5 months ago

Took the backdoor trail and stopped at Lake Laura on the way. Super pretty views! Very steep, but worth it.

I love it when I am able to do a new hike with gorgeous weather along with Gorgeous views. I couldn't believe I haven't hiked this one before, now I can add this one to be a duplicate, because I'm sure I will like this one again. great day great hike

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked Sat 10/28. Conditions were very good, 2 or 3 water crossings at the 1/3 portion of the trail - if you have hiking shoes you'll get through dry footed. Some snow (ankle deep?) at 2/3 of the way. We had hiking boots and a trekking pole each and it was sufficient. Great views along the way. It is a little disappointing that the trail has no climax point, but definitely worth the effort.

Hiked this incredible trail Tues Oct 24! Made it all the way to the Katwalk... Microspikes may be necessary, as snow became about knee dip 5 miles in! Water crossings are deep and intense...complete waterproof gear, especially shoes would be worth it. Totally worth it for the blue sky, snow, and fall colors...it was phenomenal scenery...with Rainier as the icing to our cake. The hike is long, but moderately challenging vs alltrails rating as difficult. Recommend on a clear fall day.

Hiked this mid-week. Turned around at the 5.2 mile mark, and didn't make it all the way to the Katwalk. No snow at all until the 5-mile mark, but there was some after that. Weather was really nice with outstanding views of Rainier. The water crossings were no joke - very full!

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. It seemed like it should be moderate level hike in the summertime rather than "hard". but it was overall gorgeous! I enjoyed it on my day off and would 100% recommend to a friend. be careful with kids-there are steep cliffs.

Amazing hike! Absolutely beautiful views; definite bucket list worthy. Just be very careful on your way down as there’s no clear trail markings.

hiking
6 months ago

Went up on Sunday, October 15. Sun was in the forecast and wanted to take advantage of what may be one of the last chances this year for a snowless hike. Got to the locked gate and grabbed my bike and made it the 2.5 miles to the trailhead. The logging road leads just about to the start of the trail. There are a couple of small cairns that mark where to turn off the logging road to pick up the trail. The trail starts just to the right of the sign and switchbacks up for a little while through a recovering clear cut. You enter a forested area for a bit and come out to a fresh clear cut that cuts across the ridge and you gain a little and drop down into the saddle before coming to the ridge where you enter The Brothers Wilderness. The trail really gains elevation from here. You hit a bunch of switchbacks that will have you questioning your sanity (at least mine). Before too long you will be standing on the summit and, if you're lucky like I was, beautiful views all around you. Don't forget to look for the benchmark. The trail was in great shape. I passed the only other person on the mountain that day on his way down and he told me he had just come across a black bear on the trail. He said he clapped a couple times and the bear ran off. I never saw him, but I was thankful for the warning. Had 2 liters of water and a quart of Gatorade. Was just fine on a cooler day. Might want a third liter during the summer as there is NO water up there. Was thankful to have my bike to cruise down the last 2.5 miles back to the car. Long day, legs were spent, but well worth it.

My favorite hike in the lower 48!

backpacking
6 months ago

I absolutely loved this hike! We got up to the lookout early so we could secure our spot, but I would have loved to camp out by the lake as well. The lookout is the most maintained and well kept lookout I've been to! I will definitely be doing this hike again.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice sunny views of red mountain, and guye peak. the snow definitely added much beauty.

I started early, around 9. trail was icy and boot packed snow. quite slippery at times. muddy and slushy in the warm afternoon.

it is a beautiful trail but it also felt kind of long, and features mostly the same views until the very end when you crest the ridge and get to see the other side, near the katwalk.

not exactly exciting since the trail is quite wide and heavily trafficked, but it is surely a beautiful spot in the Snoqualmie hood... way prettier than your usual i90 hikes and not as grueling either.

The hike up to the lake starts on an old road but don’t get discouraged, once you get into the trees the view is unbeatable. Lake George is beautiful. The water was clear and refreshing.
The hike up to Goblers knob is worth it, it has a wonderful 360 view.

Incredibly mucky, slushy, snowy and a little icy. Those views made it worthwhile as it may have been my last chance at it for the year.

Fantastic hike. Make sure to wear study boots as there are many rocks to climb over.

This was done October 14, 2017. The trail getting to Mason lake was gorgeous, fall colors everywhere. 2 miles into the hike the view was spectacular, there were about 2 inches of snow. After Mason Lake I suggest you bring Microspikes, over 2 feet of snow on the trail. The trail was easy to find. We didn't make it to the summit of Mt Defiance. We decide on a group decision to stop here about 500ft before the summit. There weren't any boot path to lead us the way, It took us 7.5 hours of hiking. Over 11 miles out and back, gained over 3,200ft of elevation.

Amazing views throughout. Upper half of the trail had plenty of snow but thankfully hikers before us blazed an easy trail. The snow made the rocks at the top pretty slippery but still manageable at a slow pace. Snow also made it difficult to get to the lookout cabin so we'll have to do that next time!

Beautiful hike, but definitely bring micro spikes if you have them for the top! There are about 2-3 inches 4800 ft +.

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