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Definitely recommend spikes. Poles were helpful on the way out because it was downhill and snowy and some sections were icy. Totally worth it. The lake is completely covered in snow at this point, but the views are beautiful.

hiking
blowdown
snow
1 day ago

Beautiful hike. Surprised this isn’t more popular, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time. The trail was incredibly crafted by the WDNR Trail Crew. Major props and thanks to them. Trail is in pretty good condition. Slightly muddy early on and only 2 blowdowns. If you’re going to add the trek to Thompson Lake, you definitely need spikes.

Recommend bringing spikes. I just had hiking boots which was fine but would have been easier with spikes. The lake is gorgeous and for the people that are worried about the potholes on the .4 mile road to the trail head, invest in something other than a Prius and you’ll be okay

snowshoeing
2 days ago

Went on this hike today and it was beautiful! A little tough getting up the mountain but the views were worth it! We also ended up taking a different path that veered off of the hex mountain trail which ended up being a mile shorter which was perfect. Great hike!

snowshoeing
3 days ago

This was a fun, but challenging snowshoe!! The distance listed was a little off however. From the road that you have to start on due to snow closing the forest road, the total out and back distance was ~7.75Miles. It is a trek uphill, but the view at the top is ABSOLUTELY worth it. There are a couple of false summits so don’t be fooled. The view at the top is panoramic.

hiking
snow
4 days ago

Went on 1/17/19 at 0700. The trail head lists the hike at 8 miles total. The trail itself was fun because you start out in a lush rainforest and end up in a winter wonderland. The trail doesn't offer many views, but it's a nice landscape to hike through. Micro spikes needed. No need for snow shoes. The road leading up to the trail has numerous potholes, so drive slowly.

Clear weather, Only saw 2 groups on the trail. Most if the elevation gain is in the first 2 ish miles. Snow / ice showed up half of a mile from the fork. The trek down to the lake had a good amount of snow/ice. I recorded 5 mi to the top.

Nice hike definitely recommend microspikes and poles. Has some icy sections.

hiking
8 days ago

We started up at 5 am to see the sun rise. Up through light snow and thick frozen clouds. At the ridge we were above the clouds and it was beautiful. 24°. Took our dog and we were alone the entire hike, perfect! Real cold and windy up there but so worth it. Not that hard a hike, I’m 68. Took snowshoes but only needed spikes the entire way. Great views!

Soooooo beautiful ! Summer time is definitely the best!

Beautiful in the summer and winter. Definitely a favorite.

Ameizing view!

Started around 8am with a group of hikers. We summited after about 2 hours and 40 minutes. We were back to trailhead at exactly 1pm (5 hours total time including the stop at the summit). Trail condition is good. Only needed microspikes and poles (some among us did not even use microspikes at all). No need for snowshoes. Make sure to check the signs to the correct trail as there are few “social trails” that can divert you from the actual trial. Views are amazing at summit.

Hiked with a group on 1/1/19. Microspikes needed after about 1 mile. We were fine without snowshoes.

Hiked 12/29/18. First off, I would HIGHLY recommend bringing poles and ice spikes. It will make this hike a lot less strenuous. Snow shoes are not necessary. Secondly, there was snow in the parking lot when we got there, but even if your car doesn’t have AWD, I think it wouldn’t be a problem since the road to the parking lot isn’t very long. There was patchy snow from the very start of the trail. About a mile in, the snow on the trail became much thicker. There was a compact trail all the way to the lake and the path was very clear the entire way as well. The last 3/4ths of a mile to the lake probably had anywhere from 5-7 feet of snow especially in the avalanche chutes. It rained pretty much the entire day and on our way back, the snow was turning pretty slushy/wet. There’s a good chance a lot of that wet snow and all of the slush puddles will freeze over night. There was already some ice on our way up, which was really slippery even for ice spikes. It took us about 2 hours and 15 minutes to get to the lake and then another hour and 45 minutes to get back to the car. Definitely plan ahead as it does get dark very early in the Forest. Nonetheless, it was beautiful at the top! Enjoy :)

I did it and I had fun! I saw three dogs on the hike, and one was reaaallly big but it was not the friendliest. Anyways, good hike, moderate amount of snow, but good amount so if you fall it won't hurt. We made it to the end, but if you are older or feeble than you will probably not make it :)

trail running
1 month ago

One of my favorite easy day hikes to go on during the summer!

hiking
1 month ago

My wife and I love this hike, I hiked it on my own today, i made it 3/4 of the way but turned back after hitting knee high snow (I gambled not taking snow shoes). So, fun winter hike, lots of running water, just bring your snow shoes and poles to get to see her

Hiked from Granite Creek trailhead to Granite Lake on December 8. Trail was frosty and icey most of the way. Snow level was around 3000', but the trail didn't have snowpack on it until the lake. Microspikes were helpful for the ice, but not essential.

hiking
1 month ago

We went in late November and it was an amazing snowy hike! We went in the morning and had beautiful light piercing through the fog and trees. The first third had no snow, second third had some, and the final third was a bit icy. On the way down in the early afternoon the ice had thawed a bit so we didn't slip too much! Poles are good to have, and spikes would probably be even better. The lake was pristine!

Went early yesterday and had the trail and lake largely to ourselves (passed three people on the way down).
Other reports are correct first third is snow free, second third is icy and final third was packed down snow (up to about 1-2feet). The icy section was difficult to traverse uphill and microspikes would have been helpful (we had poles), however on the way down the ice and snow did start to melt a bit.

The mileage is incorrect! It’s only 3.5miles each way, 7 miles in total. Took us just over two hours to get up, and less to get down.

Otherwise a gorgeous hike, starts in the forest, passes some waterfalls, snow covered mountains and ends in the lake that was completely frozen over for us. Super pretty at this time of year!

hiking
1 month ago

Currently a gorgeous snowy hike! I arrived around 8:30 today (Sunday 11/25) to find 7 other cars in the lot. The road was fine, a few potholes, and the parking area was slushy/icy. Trail was in good shape and easy to follow, but I’d highly recommend spikes or poles. I did see people without (in sneakers or boots), but I was very glad to have my spikes - I wore them starting about 1.5 miles in/2700 ft elevation. It was very windy at the lake, so have extra layers! The lot was pretty full when I returned around noon. All in a great first truly snowy hike for me! Also, this is the only trail that my Fitbit clocked as shorter & lower elevation than AllTrails (eg alltrails said you arrive at lake at 4.4 miles, but I clocked 3.62), so don’t be scared off by the mileage!

hiking
2 months ago

Mostly dry and no snow or bugs. Great hike, hard on the knees on the way down.

hiking
2 months ago

It took about 2h30m getting to the lake and 1h30m going down for my team. It was so windy at the lake while we got there (about 2pm).

hiking
2 months ago

Too many insects/bugs during hike.

Left parking lot about 0830, got to mason lake about 10. Put on micro spikes somewhere near the lake and kept them on the rest of the hike until returning back down to that spot. Walked on rocks to cross stream and continue to the peak. I didn’t use poles but they seemed to help many people with the semi-rock scramble near the top. Had lunch at the peak and put on a bunch of layers. Got back to parking lot about 4pm. Remember sunset is 4:30pm now!! It was beautiful when I hiked but I’m sure there is more snow to come.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is nice and beautiful. It’s an easy hike up and a great place. Unlike Mount Si and Mailbox Peak Trail, this trail is not crowded at all. The view at top is gorgeous.

Trail condition is pretty good. There is a creek crossing that’s not bad at all. The upper 1.5 miles has a thin layer of snow (about 1”) but no microspikes are needed.

Parking usually is not a problem at this hike because it is less crowded.

My AllTrails recording says 8.2 mi round trip and 3287 ft elevation gain. It took us 3 hours and 45 minutes to do the whole hike up and down.

hiking
2 months ago

this hike from trail head to lake only about 3 miles one way. easy and pretty.

hiking
2 months ago

hiked from iron horse trail it is about 2.5 miles off trail, well worth the hike good views not too busy but there are people

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. I got there at 10:30am and there were lot of parking spots. It took 2 hour uphill and 1hr 15min down hill. I will be back in the summer, Great Lake and picnic area.

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