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hiking
1 hour ago

This was my favorite hike this year! It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday. We arrive at 7:45am and finished at 2:10 pm hiking 9.8 miles. Spectacular views!!! The hike is a little bit strenuous at times but it is more then worth it! I will definitely backpack this trail next year!

My husband, dog and I hiked this yesterday (10/14). The weather conditions were perfect at a cool 45°, not a cloud in the sky, and no wind; all of which I find pretty amazing for the middle of October in the Cascades.

We started at 12:05, reached the lookout at 3:00, started descending at 3:30, and reached the vehicle by 6:10.

I loved the different layers of this hike; dense forest, uncovered meadows blanketing the slopes, boulder fields dotting the top, and a challenging scramble to reach your destination.

There were a few pockets of snow and on our descent, the top half of the trail was a muddy mess, otherwise it was very manageable. The few morning hikers we met mentioned seeing a mama bear and her cub in the meadow above the trail but we didn't see them. Also for any fur parents, my 40 lbs. lab mix did not fair well with rock scrambling to the lookout and down.

All in all, I really enjoyed it. The worst part was the brutal 4 mile road to the trail head.

Beautiful fall hike.

Go on sunny day. Beautiful Mountain View’s especially Mt Baker

What an amazing hike, one of my favorite’s so far in Washington! It’s a calf/quad/booty burner and there’s a considerable scramble to the lookout, but it’s so worth it. The views from the lookout are breathtaking! The only thing I’d say is that the road to the trailhead is rough, covered in potholes. Get there early as the parking lot is small and the road to the trailhead isn’t wide, so it’s tough to park on the road before the trail. A must-do hike!

Beautiful place. The hike was easy but a bit long for my daughter and boyfriend. The lower trail is much better than the upper. The lower trail fallows the creek and is up and down The upper trail is a long gentle grade up and a long gentle grade down. It would be great for jogging but it’s not very scenic. The lake was beautiful and the views of the mountains is glorious. I would do it again for sure.

Very nice trail to do, specially with the nice weather of today. Sure something to do.

hiking
1 day ago

This is one of the hardest hikes I’ve been on but it was definitely a cool view. Just prepare yourself for constant uphill hiking.

Great starting point for multiple other hikes. No snow at all.

Amazing trail! After the 10 mile drive up the mountain ( with a lot of potholes- but we got through those with our minivan) you arrive at the parking lot which is pretty full when you arrive late ( like us). The climb up is not bad and I think more or less anyone can do it. Once up on the ridge you will have the most spectacular views ever! Make sure you follow the trail and don’t stop at the ridge. It will take you to even more spectacular views! It was one of the best hikes we did so far!!!!!

hiking
1 day ago

Very heavily trafficked, and slick in the lake basin, but over all very beautiful. Excellent trail maintenance and no snow yet.

hiking
2 days ago

Wifey and I took the four kiddos on this trek. We had to carry two of them on our backs. The first 2-3 miles were just up hill. The lake at the end was well worth it though!

Drove down from Vancouver BC today to do this one and Chain Lakes. I consider neither one hikes, more like pretty nature walks. I did love the views of Baker but was glad I did a second “hike” to extend my day. Not busy at all as we went on a Friday. Road up was totally fine with me Jeep but I saw cars go up too, just avoid the potholes

Like it!

Awesome views! Had a great time in the lookout

hiking
4 days ago

The best trail my husband and I have done north of Seattle! Only a few other trails top it in the Mt.Rainier NatPark! Definitely a must do! Very photogenic.
If you have asthma or a heart condition like me this trail is not moderate but very hard and takes a while to get up the terrain to the summit- but SO WORTH IT. Also I expect you to know your own risks and limitations while hiking regardless of conditions. We really enjoyed this hike and hope to do it again sometime.

Very pretty and worth the drive to get up there

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked up the trail in the fog and rain, our only view was 1 foot in front of us. It was still a great hike.

Hiked on Saturday 10/6. About half way up there was snow on the ground. Microspikes were helpful since there was some ice as well. It was a clear day so the view was absolutely breathtaking. If you want to hike this, make sure you do it very soon before the trail gets too snowy! Definitely best to do this on a sunny and clear day. The trail is pretty much up hill the whole way but it isn’t horrible since it’s a shorter trail. Minor scramble at the top. My dogs are normally pretty good scrambling on boulders but this one made them very nervous, especially with the snow.

We hiked this trail Sunday, 10/7. Temperature was in the 50's with a little sprinkle that we really couldn't feel until we reached the lake. Fall is my favorite time to hike to alpine lakes because no bugs, no crowds, and gorgeous foliage. Round trip, this hike took 5 hours with taking about 30 minutes to admire and explore the lake area. We took the lower elliot up and the upper elliot down. To be honest, I wouldn't waste my time with the upper elliot again... it is longer and gravel road-like. The lower elliot runs along the creek and offers diversity and more challenge. Fresh snow appeared to be accumulating on the peaks above the lake! All in all, we enjoyed it; serene and leisurely.
Also, no bears in site.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful -- this trail is gorgeous. Did this yesterday (10/6) and there was some light snow in the last mile. Slightly slippery and slushy in lots of places.

Amazing

Amazing

Beautiful

Have to go hike

backpacking
10 days ago

Definitely worth going to extra distance to Gem Lake from Snow Lake. Very pretty and a good place to stop for lunch.

backpacking
10 days ago

Great place to go backpacking, plenty of campsites and plenty of trails to hike. Highly recommend climbing Mt. Wright after setting up camp or instead hiking further out to Wildcat lake and camping there.

hiking
10 days ago

Did this on 10/2. Absolutely fantastic hike! Not too steep compared to a lot of the other trails in the area. The Snow Lake hike is definitely some of the most “bang for your buck” out here.

Fall colors were lovey, and clouds danced over the water at the lake.

walking
13 days ago

absolutely stunning lake view and beautiful scenery!

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