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hiking
6 hours ago

This was one of my favorite hikes and I did it back in the early spring where the mailbox was still covered by snow. The trail takes no time to start heading up! But with all the switchbacks it made the accent a little easier. As we hit the rock field the snow was high enough that it covered the large boulders. Once we hit above the tree line I got some time to use my ice ace and enjoy the straight shot to the to. Once at the summit I took my photos enjoyed the sight but had to cut it short due to the high winds. One the way down I got some practice with self arrest and glissading. Overall one of the best hikes I've done. Recommend that every attempts this hike

I concur with the mailbox junior nickname

Beautiful hike! Hiked 1/12. There was a “road closed ahead” and then barriers that have been moved out of the way just before the 3 mile gravel road. We park at the bottom at first, the. A mile up after seeing several cars go by we decided-to go back and drive up. Road was okay and several cars at the parking lot not sure why it was closed.. anywho about 2 miles in you’ll need spikes. A few open steep valleys to cross, had a few scary moments sinking in the snow. All in all a great hike, never stops going up, so be prepared to get your sweat on ☺️. Many beautiful lookouts along the way!

Climbed this one in the winter. Definitely need a 4x4 and snow chains to make it to the TH. Recommended to have knowledge of avalanche safety for the winter route, as there are 3-4 hazardous areas of crossing. Overall, a fair bank for your buck.

hiking
4 days ago

Great moss covered boulders along the way up. Saw that little blue jay at the top, right after sunrise. Very windy during sunrise, I advise a strong jacket if you go that early.

hiking
4 days ago

Difficult hike in my opinion. Crazy good workout, was drenched in sweat by the time I reached the point. There are two ways to reach Poo point, Chirico trail is one of them. There’s a high steep level for the most part. You would get to hear traffic for the first 1/2 mile, then it’s peaceful till the Poo Poo point. Amazing views of Mt Rainer! No para gliding in winter, was so looking forward to the views I read about in reviews.

Awesome hike. Beautiful trail and view. It was closer to 5 miles round trip.

hiking
5 days ago

My Husband, 4 of his friends our daughter & son-in-law did this hike along with the boulder loop trail. January 5th. It was amazing.

Great views, interesting varied terrain and marmots. Usually a bit of snow even in summer. As others have written, don’t short yourself on water.

on Little Si Trail

hiking
6 days ago

Great little hike!

Quick, steep hill to get your heart rate up

Trail is currently closed!!

Nice hike. Trail only a bit muddy. Saw the blue jay at the top.

on Cedar Butte Trail

hiking
13 days ago

Only ones there super quiet hike with a nice view at top. Not a whole lot of relaxing space at the summit.

A perfect day to start off the New Year 2019, gorgeous views, perfect day to hike...conditions were awesome.

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike, saw a blue jay at the top

Good hike today! A few muddy patches, but nothing too bad. Looking out at the summit, I saw thick clouds rise and fall and drift, and it was eerie and beautiful.

hiking
20 days ago

Trail is good not icy , no snow on trail or summit as on Dec 27 . It is moderate climbing trail, good to have poles as trail is muddy and rocky. Saw guys doing rock climbing. Summit has scenic view. It took 1.5 hours to reach summit and 1 hour in way down with 9 year kiddo.

Christmas Day hike with the pups. Saw one other person on trail. Like other commenters, stay close to track at beginning, especially with dogs. Fun boulders to traverse but tough with dogs.

Trail is rugged and not very well maintained. Also quite steep, straight up and great workout. Follow to upper wall at junction and stay on the blue diamond markers. No snow until very top. We could not find look out at top but were right around it. The snow made it easy to lose the trail. We bushwhacked to a couple pop out views, but the excitement is in the journey, not destination. Poles would have been nice on way down. We both slipped a couple of times.

I would like to retry this in summer when trail could be easier to see without snow.

Index Wall is pretty cool and this is well worth the hike.

hiking
23 days ago

We did this hike on 12/22 and started at around 10:30 AM. The lower gate was open but the second gate was closed. We were the only car parked at the second gate and could tell from the foot prints that there were only two other people in front of us going up the road. The snow starts on the road about mid way between the first and second gate and covers the ground all the way up to the top.

The hike itself is great. Fresh deep powder all the way up. Beautiful scenes the entire way. It is cold though you will need good winter/snow gear.

When we arrived at the top we found the tower was boarded up and closed. There was a small opening at the bottom of the door so we crawled in and found the other two people that had went up that day. They told us that earlier in the morning the lower gate had been closed as well so they had to make the climb from the Heather Lake parking area.

The top was beautiful but very windy and quite cold so be prepared.

Very well designed trail. Some rock climbing activities can be seen.

hiking
26 days ago

This is a moderate hike with great views at the summit. I went on a Friday in December and it wasn't too busy. I bet it gets crowded on weekends and in the warmer months though. As others have noted, the trail is a little longer than 3.6 miles (I recorded 4 and my partner recorded 4.1). There was no snow as of today (Dec. 21) but it was pretty muddy. We did it without trekking poles but I recommend bringing them if you have them.

The road isn’t plowed starting about three miles before the trailhead.

hiking
28 days ago

Enjoyed this trail throughout . It is located next to the more popular rattlesnake ledge trail.

trail running
29 days ago

Made it to the tail head by 0650 and found the parking lot empty. Good steady drizzle throughout and snow was present all along the trail. Intended to summit Bandera and then head over to Mount Defiance, but once up to the trail fork, snow was about 2 feet deep, lots of post holing, and the trail simply disappeared towards the summit. Looks like the previous hikers bypassed Bandera peak. Since I only had running leggings on and trail running shoes, turned it around and will come back in the spring.

A fun, short morning hike with great views of the Cascades amd Mt. Ranier.

The road is used leading up to it in the winter. Only good for snow mobiling

It is always a nice trail but seems longer than 3,6 miles, I thought around 4.6 which is what I found in another site and also confirmed by my phone. I had an enjoyable time.

backpacking
1 month ago

Snow packed trail on upper section towards the lookout. Hiking boots were sufficient

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely stunning hike!
Highly recommend good shoes for this and pay attention to the terrain on the way down as much as the way up, if not more! I had an accident on the way down with a not-so-great outcome, but got some gorgeous photos on the way up, and proud to be able to say, ‘I made it to the top!’

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