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backpacking
1 month ago

Hiked this with my son in September. This is a great hike for all ages and levels.

hiking
1 month ago

hiked this about month ago and the trail was not hard the climb to buckhorn lake was long switch backs but well worth the hike just for the views

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this yesterday with four friends. We loved the hike and felt like it was a great one for a lot of people as the incline is gradual until you turn to head up to the wreckage. We enjoyed it all, explored a cave, saw the wreckage, added a couple extra miles to the trip because we let a directionally challenged person guide us, and still we all enjoyed it!

hiking
1 month ago

Went out October 10-14 and no bugs but very very cold. If you are going to the crash site it’s very well defined for a trail with some confusion at the top of the ridge where it starts to disappear but stay to the right and you will eventually see the wreckage appear to your left. We camped here our first couple nights.

If you are going to the mine we were told it was wet and slippery. The trail to the summits is confusing at mile 3.2, stay to the right and if you end up going to the mine that’s the trail headed left but a large portion of this area has been used for camping and everything looks like a hiking trail.

Another item to note is that once you past the Creek beyond the mine camps there is another split in the trail, if you go straight it’s shorter but very steep, if you go right it’s about twice as far but a lot easier especially if it’s wet.

Just hiked this on Friday September 28th. The water at Lemah creek was still a bit high so had to cross barefoot. The trail is pretty incredible!

Really a wonderful hike. Would recommend crampons or mini spikes to get over spider glacier. Prepare for some arduous climbing, with the views are spectacular. Can't wait to do it again.

backpacking
2 months ago

Great trail with lots of interesting old copper mines. Would recommend going in the fall to avoid the mosquitoes.

camping
3 months ago

Hiked this last month. The B17 crash is really cool. It’s a steep hike but I highly recommend. We ended up camping at Buckhorn lake and summiting buckhorn mountain. It’s a gorgeous area.

backpacking
4 months ago

The lower half of this hike is quite enjoyable, but the upper portion was a bit dry/exposed for my taste. If doing an out-and-back, I would stop at the top of the ridgeline where views are best. The descent to Boulder Camp is good as a place to stay if you are overnighting.

P. S. If you intend on visiting Buckhorn Lake, be prepared to face the wrath of biting insects of all kinds. My dogs and I were essentially forced to camp here for a night after we stopped here originally intending to get in a small snack, rest, and shade before pressing on. Despite generous amounts of picaridin lotion and personal netting, we were so quickly overwhelmed by the insects that I had to set up my tent and wait for dusk to even filter water. I'm talking biting flies 1/2" long, mosquitoes that use those as a distraction to get you anywhere you aren't 110% covered in deterrent, and a host of other biters that hardly mind the taste of bug deterrents. Once we were in the tent, the large ones literally began ramming/bouncing off the tent like miniature homing missiles relentlessly until dusk. All we heard for hours was continual buzzing punctuated by regular taps akin to the sound of pebbles being flicked at my tent. They were back by first light as well...

Great trail but easily could be a difficult designation. The hike up to white pass is no joke. Great views on clear days, definitely a must do hike...

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail all around.

Great hike. Started at the Canyon Creek Trailhead and went counter clockwise over 5 days and 4 nights. The first two days up to Devil's Dome were fairly difficult and steep at times. Well worth the effort. Awesome views on top and Ross Lake was a nice treat as well. Here is the link for a video I made from the trip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEXyO6PyTX8

backpacking
4 months ago

We hiked and stayed the night at Spectacle Lake 7/28 - 7/29. Overall the hike was 10 miles one way and took us 4 hours to get to the lake.

The first 4.4 miles to Pete Lake was very easy with minimal elevation gain. We encountered a lot of mosquitos on this part of the hike.

The next 1.3 miles from Pete Lake to the Lemah Creek crossing was also easy. The creek was about knee deep and wasn’t that hard to cross this time of year. The alternative, if the creek can’t be forded, is a 1.9 mile detour up Lemah Meadow Trail to the PCT.

From the creek, it’s about 0.7 miles to the PCT. Once on the PCT, it’s about 2.7 miles to the Spectacle Lake trail. From there, it is another 0.8 miles downhill to the lake. Most of the campsites are on the peninsula, there are also some campsites on the east side of the lake.

Day one from trailhead to White Pass is a hard push up, up, up through endless switchbacks. I was rewarded with the most awesome spring trickling down the mountain as I reached the Pacific Crest Trail. The campsite was buggy, so my $1.50 mosquito head net was totally worth it, Wearing long sleeves and long pants were also necessary due to biting flies. However, the temperature was about 70 degrees despite being 91 degrees down in Darrington.
Day 2 was my favorite due to plentiful wild flowers still in bloom and tons of marmots scrambling along directly on the trail. We never had to filter water at the stagnant ponds; there were trickling springs at multiple spots. There is a good one immediately after leaving the PCT and heading towards Pilot Ridge. We took the high route to Blue Lake. It is a strenuous, fully exposed hike, but doable. We only lost the trail at the very top for a bit. We easily re-found the trail. (I would NOT do this route in snow.) The camp sites are good. The lake is beautiful. It was refreshing to soak my feet.
On Day 3, we totally missed the trail leaving Blue Lake, because there are many crisscrossing trails through camp.. We had heard of this based on reviews on other websites and we STILL missed the trail. This is where Alltrails SAVED me. I was recording the route on my phone. I could see where I was and where I was supposed to be. We just headed in the direction we needed to go across a random wild flower laden mountainside. We could not see the trail until we were five feet from it. So again, the Alltrails app saved me. The rest of the day was not very spectacular. It is mostly just a lot of downward hiking. When you reach the river at the bottom, there is not bridge -- jsut fallen logs. When you cross the logs, there is no trail up to the trail that takes you home. You have to bushwack your your way to the trail.

Went with my brother 7/25-7/26. This was my first hike. The trails were beautiful, and, as many have posted, full of mosquitos. Lots of switchbacks to climb up to the lake, but the waterfall and Spectacle Lake were amazing. Lots of friendly people on the trail. We leisurely made it from the trailhead to Spectacle Lake in about six hours (where we camped for the evening), and we spent about four and a half to get back the next day.

backpacking
4 months ago

stunning views all around! the road to get to trailhead is pretty tore up right now but still managed to get there in my audi A4 (very slowly). mosquitos were the worst I've ever experienced but the trip was still worth it. oh, the 31.1 miles is not correct, it was more like 39 miles just to be aware. definitely a tough hike. bridge at Lyman lake has been destroyed so look carefully for the poorly marked detour. theres no signs anywhere letting you know you're on the loop so know your route in advance and bring a map!

hiking
4 months ago

Boyfriend and I found this without the app near our campsite- saw 1 group the whole time. AMAZING VIEWS but must work through the incline to get there. Gentle at first, after the bridge it goes up for awhile. Keep an eye behind you for mountain views. Only went as far as the rock field because we couldnt find the trail and had no map. Would recommend hiking poles for the trek down. Plan on going back for the whole thing. Highly recommended!!

backpacking
4 months ago

My wife and I took our first backpacking trip of the year up to Spectacle Lake. We hiked in from the parking lot to past Pete Lake to the river crossing - roughly 6 miles. We arrived at 3:30 and landed roughly 3 hours later. We hiked with 100# dog and 20-25# packs. High temps between 80-90 degrees in the day.

River seemed a little cold on arrival so we didn’t care to cross at 6:30 not knowing what lies on the other side.
Set up at a nice little camp spot right by the river though. Mosquitos pretty tough even with spray.

Woke up and encountered several crossers at the river by 9-9:30. We packed up and left to Spectacle. River wasn’t bad at just below knee height with a dog saw people of all ages (12-55) crossing fine. My dog did well as he is tall, another couple with a small 20# dog went down river a little and there dog was fine as well. Definitely recommend water shoes to change into for crossing.

We were warned that it may be too hot with a dog in the exposed area of the climb to Spectacle Lake but decided against the heed to our relief.

There is a nice pretty well covered area for the first 45 min until you become more exposed with burn out sections. By 10:30 even at 75 degrees sun exposure not bad. If anybody fared well it was the dog. New growth on the mountain leaves a 3-4’ canopy on the trail in which the dog spent most of the exposed hike in. The hike through the exposed section consists of an hour or so of switch backs but some less gradual. There are many small streams all along the hike up the mountain.. to a dogs delight or drinks or a good dousing:)

Lots of wild flowers. Greenery and beautiful back drop even with torched trees from a decade ago. There is a wonderful bridged waterfall after driving through the switch backs which is a nice place to chill. There are 3 + areas were you have small stream crossings with no bridge.. But doable for all creatures. Mosquitoes once again can become a nuisance if your not prepared. Bring a facial net as a preference as seen with many hikers (we didn’t bring any but wished we had.)

After nearing the top the canopy of trees once again shades you more. After cresting and viewing small glimpses of the lake there is a sharp drop down if you travel to the SE side of the lake. Once your down around the lake there are access trails all around. The lake mostly surrounded by rock so pick your access wisely if you want to get in.

We jumped in on the SE side with a little beach access. Water was great! A little cold but definitely swimmable after a hike on a hot day. The lake is split up into sections south east side has one smaller section in the larger side to the northwest. There is lots of rock and land in between to travel between the two sections. Beautiful back drop to the West mountains with several cascading waterfalls and snowcapped mountains. We were to the lake roughly 3 hours after breaking camp at the river. We didn’t camp there but noticed several nice camping spots on rock or grass overlooking the lake.

We left to hike back down at around 1:30.-2:00 it was warm close to 90. There are many trails around the leak so it’s easy to get lost if you don’t know which way you came in haha. Hike was warmer in the afternoon but nothing crazy. We crossed the river again and cooked food at the river. We left our tent and some stuff by the river and packed it all ip.. headed back out past Peat Lake to the Parking lot... about 6 miles. Beautiful walk and beautiful hike out as it was in. Well covered with trees not really exposed.... except more mosquitos... once again bring your face net and spray. They were super bad on the way out.... elevation and moisture make a difference but yea. The hike, the lake, the river, the camping and the scenery were all great. Highly recommend for a 2 full day trip.... we made it to the car by 9 pm but hiked 16 miles and went to the lake all in one day! I’ll be back:)

My wife and I just completed this amazing loop over 3 days. We started at Canyon Creek TH and wound up exiting a different way due to an injury. Very grateful for the kindness of those who helped us out! The ascent and descent of this hike is substantial which is why there are so many incredible views! We had a Black bear in our site at Devils Camp who did not bother us. Trail was clear of snow and the mosquitoes were insane for many stretches of this hike. Up until we arrived at Ross Lake we only saw 5 groups of hikers. Maybe stretch this one over 4 days or arrange for a water taxi from Ross Lake.

We took the Cathedral driveway to the Chewuch on to Tungsten and then to the Boundary Trail. As long as you cut off at the 4 point junction you'll be fine. The burn is a lot of downed trees and a lot of climbing. Oh, and bring a mosquito net. bugs were thick.

backpacking
5 months ago

Hiked and stayed at spectacle like 7/9-7/10. Snow free the whole way. The hike itself is not hard if you’re in shape, but it is definitely long. My gps tracked 12.2 miles one way. Get ready to cross frigid lemah creek. You will definitely need to remove your boots/ shoes since it’s about knee deep and painfully cold (I am 6’2). The lakes are both spectacular. I brought an inner tube and floated around the whole inside section of spectacle lake. The water was the perfect temperature on a hot day. Keep your eyes peeled for wild life. We spotted a deer and what potentially could have been a cougar stalking it in the evening. All that was visible were eyes so have bear spray handy when that deep in the backcountry.

Great tough trail. Get out early as it will be hot. Take plenty of water as there are little to no water available. I tried to tie 4th of July to Chatter Creek via Icicle Ridge Trail and the trail is completely overgrown. Bushwacked for an hour trying to find any sign of the trail.....no luck. The top part of the Icicle Ridge Trail needs some serious work.

A really great hike, not incredibly steep, but challenging. I made a wrong turn toward a boulder scramble at one point and was lost for quite a while. Make sure to cross the creek at that point, don’t go up the scramble!

Too steep to run, but gorgeous and trail is in good shape

backpacking
5 months ago

This hike is actually 22 miles round trip but has some stunning views. It's 4 miles to Pete lake which is beautiful and then 7 more to Spectacle lake. There's still a lot of snow near the end of the hike but it is doable with just hiking boots. The temperatures at the lake dropped much lower than we were expecting so if you plan to camp up there, be prepared! The bridge about 2 miles from the lake is also out so you may have to go downstream a bit and wade across.

We got lost several times due to the lack of signage so make sure you have your AllTrails location on so you can direct yourself around and keep track of how far you have gone.

An amazing trail. Our group goes back every year. Next trip tomorrow can’t wait.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice easy to follow trail, if you are going to Tull Canyon for the B17 wreckage keep an eye on your GPS some recent tree falls make the trail a bit tough to spot. Copper Creek area is another place to have a GPS out. the trail dumps you in a series of open clearings used for camping and there is no defined place to cross the creek. Easy to lose the trail on the other side. Same with some of the switchbacks, there are downed trees on the switchback and easy to follow game trails to lead you astray. I made it to Buckhorn pass before the trail disappeared under 5ft of snow. Will do again in a few months...

hiking
6 months ago

Fantastic hike. There are a couple of stream crossings, so I'd definitely recommend waterproof hiking boots, especially if you're going to the plane wreck.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy hike, gradual incline. Totally missed going up Tull Canyon. But there was snow up about 3.6 miles up the trail. We had lunch next to the creek. Trail was well maintained and easy to follow. Lots of wreckage to be seen.

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