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Awesome lake, this trail can be rough if you're backpacking it. The last mile and a half can be confusing but someone made rock towers to follow which makes it easier.

Beautiful hike, it was very smokey on 8/14 so the views could be much improved on a clear day but still a great hike. The hike itself is moderate difficulty, I think what may make it harder is the length.

backpacking
4 days ago

Incredible. The views are AMAZING and while we didn't go to Robin lakes this time around, we did spend three days at Tuck.

Like most reviewers said, it's a few miles off flat hiking before turning up to the right just after Hyas Lake. Switchbacks start here and go up at a steady pace for about two miles. At this point, you'll hit the "T" with 'Tuck and Robin Lakes' scribed on a sign posted on a tree. If you continue straight, it'll take you to Marmot and Jade Lake but if you turn right, you'll be on the path to Tuck and Robin Lakes. The path to T@R lakes heads downward for a little before turning straight up for the final 1.5 mile climb to Tuck. You can set up camp and do Robin Lakes as a day hike if you choose or trudge on to Robin. Cairns mark the way on the right side of the lake to climb over the huge boulders before finally hitting the dirt trail heading up.

The bugs were hit and miss... A light breeze blows through and takes em away most of the time but when it stops blowing, the bugs ate us alive. My nephew fished Tuck and got some really nice 6-8 inch cutthroat trout but the fishing wasn't as good as he would have hoped. Hikers coming down from Robin had the same luck. We were packing up today (8/14/18) and a family of goats wandered into camp and wouldn't leave. Darn things followed us around like dogs for a while until we finally got everything picked up to go. Really fascinating animals as ive never been this close to em. All in all, it was a steep hike and with enough bug spray, it was worth every aching muscle.

The smoke haze was really moving in today so if you're considering going in anytime soon, do it now rather then later. My opinion, of course.

Happy hiking y'all!

Devin

hiking
4 days ago

Best trail I’ve been on in the PNW.
Not heavily trafficked
Easy to make a day hike (right amount of challenge)but worth spending a night to really enjoy the incredible views.
This hike offered breathtaking and changing views the entire time.
It is very exposed so bring sunscreen/ protection.
We ran into mountain goats!

Went up this past weekend; although it was cloudy the panoramic of the Cascades was still stunning! A favorite for sure. Quite a bit of bugs so bring some bug spray.

hiking
4 days ago

So stunning and so beautiful :) I have been hiking the entire summer and yet this one absolutely took my breath away. This hike is perfect in every way - you have a beautiful views and mountains and green valleys all the way through, you run into mountain goats along the way and then you have an incredible pay off at the end with a stunning lake tucked in between a gorgeous basin. And no bugs to bother you. What else could you want?

one of the nicest hikes I've discovered in the whole area. height 2 days ago very little bugs left campsites were full. Would love to have climbed over the Ridge from the lake and do a loop hike back to parking area. Should have actually done that after I seen on Google how easy it looked. we hiked with our dog up to the ridge 1 km before the lake and found a sign that said dogs were not allowed any further from that point. So be sure to research that

Great views, not too many people, very hot, bring lot's of water. Bugs

One of the best hikes I’ve been on! Absolutely amazing views at the top, had some rain come in but created some nice cover and rolling fog over the crest of the mountains!

Hiked in August and the trail was easy to navigate. Definitely needed bug spray. The views are outstanding and the water extremely refreshing to swim in. I agree with the other commenters about it getting packed with people, loose and rocky terrain, and overall good workout of a hike.

If you haven’t done the hike yet, it is certainly worth doing and seeing. I recommend early morning, weekday, in the summer to get the fullest experience.

Happy hiking!

Did 3 days 2 nights at robin lake with my dog. We started at 7am and made it to robin by 1pm. The first 3 miles are easy with virtually no elevation gain to Hyas. The real work starts at the turn off to go up towards Tuck Lake. The grade is steep and terrain is loose dirt which makes it that much harder to get up. It was flying in my face which was irritating but Tuck was a beautiful spot. There was an FSR at tuck and robin so make sure your dog is leashed up. The hike to robin was hot and hard in the afternoon. I forgot to fill water at tuck and made a struggle to get up the last stretch so make sure you’re hydrated or it will be miserable or potentially dangerous. A couple spots involve lifting your body up boulders and steep sections of granite so keep that in mind when considering you’re hauling a 40-50lb bag. I had to boost my dog on a few rock to get her up the mountain. The views were unbelievable. It’s almost spiritual with the amount of beauty up there. The bugs weren’t bad for us, but we used a good deal of permethrin on my gear which I think helped. A ton to explore and always make sure to leave it better than you found it.

I started this hike at the Granite Creek Connector Trail which is about 2.5 miles before you get to the Granite Lakes trail. Ultimately, my log said it was about 5.8 miles in which, I guess, is close enough! The Connector trail is a bit overgrown. Mostly easy to follow, but a few spots I had to just look for some space between the shrubs. Granite Lakes trail is nice and well maintained. Beautiful lake and scenery.

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked this Sunday 8/5. Started at 7:30 am and it was a long beautiful hike. We ended up going past the Katwalk to have lunch by the lakes (total miles ended up being 15.2 miles). We stopped at Ridge Lake, the smaller of the two. There were some amazing places to camp for a future overnight trip to venture further on the PCT. The trail wasn’t too difficult nor was it too crowded. The bugs were pretty aggressive and after 3 applications of bug spray I still came home with 20+ bug bites. I definitely would do this one again.

Very fun hike outside Seattle. I went on 8/6 and started at 9 am, stopping at Lake Ridge and heading back. It took about 6 hours. If you plan on stopping, make sure to bring bug spray.

Great hike up but the down....

on Lila Lake Trail

backpacking
13 days ago

Great trail with views and waterfalls to spare, and decent canopy for much of the trail to Rachel Lake. With a 40-lb packs, I found this on the tough side of moderate, even after a lot of hiking and conditioning this year on Mailbox, Rainier, etc. This trail reminded me of Little Si, just 3x as long. Stairstepping most of the way lots of rocks, roots and water crossings, and lots of vertical, with a few flattish wooded sections. Mosquitoes were bad: but Jungle Juice and netted hats kept them at bay. Was it worth it? You bet. Gorgeous views, and only 3 other tents at Lila.

hiking
15 days ago

Did a day hike with my dog up to Lila now that it’s all snow free. It was on Tuesday and extremely hot. I made two trips prior to Rachel and one to rampart lakes. There is a lot less water in creeks and the falls with all the snow melted. The lake was perfect temperature to swim but the horse flies and mosquitos were so awful they had both my dog and I running down the mountain as soon as we could. (I had three different types of bug spray and they still had little effect on them so be warned before going up there this time of year.) Fantastic views the whole way up and a few very alert marmots right before the boulder field to Lila lake which was really cool. Please pack out your trash. I picked up a cigarette butt and some food wrappers on the way out near the trail head.

hiking
16 days ago

Hiked 7/28/18. Parking lot was 80% full at 8:30 AM. The trail was very busy to Snow Lake, but thinned out on the trail to Gem Lake. Beautiful view. Wish I had brought clothes to go swimming.

hiking
16 days ago

Did the hike last weekend, only two small snow patches off trail were noted. Snow balls were thrown.

backpacking
17 days ago

Amazing lake and views! Great place to go camp and get eaten by mosquitos!

the last 1 mile is straight up. safe but steep. awesome views. took my wife Robin and dog tuck on this one for sure

backpacking
19 days 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 pretty flat. 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. This is where most of the elevation gain happens. The trail switchbacks up a burnt forest 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.

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
22 days ago

This is AMAZING! It is quite the trek, we went to Robins lake in one day-left about 930am and made it to Robins lake about 5pm. There is a sign to turn off for the lakes. From there, it goes right up to Tuck for 1.1 miles (feels like more). Getting up to Robins is the trick. We missed the trail and nearly scrambled the 1.5 miles to Robins lake. Most of the reviews say "follow the cairns", we followed the rock structures. and even going off path we found our way to the top.

To get to Robins Lake, go to the right of Tuck and the rock structures start immediately. Seriously, follow these and even if you miss the "right path" these get you to the top. Really tough hikee, but really worth it.

Amazing views. Hiked 7/27 and the trail was completely dry. Started at 5 am and found the bugs to be bothersome only when I would stop walking.

The trail was a little more rocky and rooty than I am used to. I had to use more caution than usual in the descent for that reason. But I tend to be a clutz anyway.

The incline was steady and fair. Easily kept 18-20 min mile pace, taking 5H 30M total. I got a little off track and ended up walking 15.7 miles, 3900 elevation. I would rate this more of a moderate hike than difficult.

Super enjoyable views; saw a mountain goat and a ground hog, heard eagle screeches, and saw many varieties of butterflies and wildflowers. Also met a few groups of friendly campers along the way. Overall, great hike!

on Lake Ingalls

hiking
22 days ago

Tough trail but not too hard. The alternative route is much nicer and easier to follow. We got to the trailhead pretty late (2.30pm ish), so we didn't see any goats, just lots of bugs. The lake is very pretty.

Great hike-3 hours to the Katwalk including several short water and photo stops. 2 1/2 hours down. Breeze and deet kept bugs at bay. Lots of flowers in bloom and lots of butterflies. Couple snow patches but didnt impede walking.

Beautiful hike. Trail was clear and easy to follow. Saw a lot of mountain goats. Trailhead was accessible in a small car. The lake is gorgeous, and the view of Mt. Stuart is great. Lots of bugs though, so bring some bug spray.

One of my favorite backpacking trips. The last two miles to tuck lake is really really hard but take your time and you'll get there :) its very worth it. Amazing views from up there of other mountains and lakes and the hike up to Robin lakes took us about 30min so that's worth checking out too. Really diverse terrain and I love the pristine forest by the trailhead. We saw some airforce training or whatnot and the pilots blast by doing crazy flips. Truly a wonderful trip.

Absolutely stunning!!! No snow to cross at all. Bugs are pretty bad at the lakes but were minimal the rest of the way.

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