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21 hours ago

Very busy trail. Got there about 8 and the parking lot was filling up already. Gorgeous trail! There’s a primitive toilet at the end of the trail. Not sure what to make of it but people use it haha.

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1 day ago

This was a beautiful hike. We went Saturday morning around 10:30/11 a.m. The lot was full but there was parking on the street that wasn’t far. There are a lot of rocks on this trail so be ready. The lake was gorgeous. We put our feet in the water but that was all we could handle as it was very cold.

stunning

Great hike

Light and steady ascend 2/3 the rest is steep. View is okay.

Beautiful hike. Two lakes and when the day is clear, Mount Rainer is larger than life. Go early to beat the crowds. If you don’t have a National Parks pass, bring $30 cash for the day fee. There isn’t a ranger station to pay someone. You pay via an envelope and drop box. The gravel road leading there is about 15 miles, much better for a truck or SUV.

I wouldn’t say it’s a beginner trail but it’s not terrible difficult just steep near the end. Well worth it for the phenomenal view. After reading the reviews I did upgrade my rental to an SUV when I arrived in Seattle and am glad I did. It’s 16 miles of gravel roads to get there.

It was a beautiful day for a hike in this area, not too hot for late July. We clocked 6.6mi/2589 ft elev gain, it took us about 4 hours round trip. The first 2 miles are maintained and steady incline. The next 1.5 miles was a little grown over in spots and several downed trees to climb over, but plenty of wildflowers. If you push on all the way to the end there are beautiful views of North Cascades to your left, Mt. Rainier to your right and a few lakes below.

Beautiful 6 volcano view at the top. great workout

So fun! Beautiful lake!

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2 days ago

Some of the best views of the mountain, with beautiful lakes, a fire tower, flowers and decent trail. Great for scenic shots.

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2 days ago

Nice trail! Light traffic this morning, started just before 10. A little cloudy but helped to stay cool and the views at the top were decent even though Mount Si wasn’t visible.

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3 days ago

Beautiful hike. We were a bit leery about heading out given all the bug reports. We came prepared with Repellent and while we used it, the bugs weren’t that bad. They were mostly at the very top and a bit worse on our way down. I’m glad we didn’t let them keep us away.

The trail is very rocky so I definitely recommend hiking boots. There is also quite a bit of water on the trail in places so plan accordingly with waterproof shoes.

We logged 5.6 miles on my Garmin vs. the 4.x listed on the trail summary. We stuck to the main trail so not sure where the discrepancy is coming from.

Enjoy the hike! Worth it.

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3 days ago

Nice hike with several great view points at the peak.

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike with stunning views, but....the mosquitos were a horrible annoyance. Wear bug spray and long sleeves- we were constantly swarmed by mosquitos the last 1.5 miles up. Other than the bugs, it was a beautiful hike with a fun final ascent to the peak.

The hike is hard, especially with the steepness and steadiness of the switchbacks, but much worth the view! We hiked in June and there was still snow on top, making it hard to reach the summit without proper gear of grapples and ice picks.

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3 days ago

Beautiful trail! Old forest. Saw a black bear driving on the dirt road. The mosquitos were aggressive at the 2 mile mark and kept this up to the top, then disappeared. The little flies on top came in waves! Very little snow on the trail. A few running water flows lower but didn't even wet the boot. Tiger Lily growing on side of trail about 1.50 miles up. There is a washed-out section about 0.4 miles in which you can navigate easily. Trailhead potty out of TP. Moderate difficulty.

Great quick hike. Absolutely beautiful day and not too many hikers.
Up and down in 2:04.

hiking
3 days ago

Gorgeous trail. I do have a water shoe from someone who dropped it along the road up. If it is your, comment/message the brand and we'll get it back to you!

on Mount Pilchuck Trail

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3 days ago

Bugs

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3 days ago

Did this hike yesterday, live in Snohomish County and left at about 5:30am and got to the trailhead at about 8:30am - long drive on the forest service road, keep headlights on even during the day...was a beautiful drive out to the trailhead and park. Bring plenty of water (I usually over hydrate the day/night prior to a hike and bring 2 water bottles with me), wasn't a very long hike but it is a fairly "intense" hike....completely worth all the sweat when you reach the lookout - gorgeous views of Rainier and even saw St. Helens in the background. Will definitely be doing this hike again, would recommend starting early as it is a very popular hike!

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4 days ago

STUNNING views of Mount Rainier and beautiful mountain peaks on a blue-sky day!! This trail has it all: switchbacks through the forest, little mountain streams/waterfalls, wildflowers, rock fields, snow fields, and breathtaking views. Bug spray with high % of deet will keep the bugs away.

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4 days ago

Hike up was beautiful. Moderate difficulty is a good description. Get there early. We parked at 630am and shared the entire walk up with one other person (and a quick bear sighting). On the way down we passed a ton of people. Parking lot was filled with people circling for spots at 12. Beautiful views at the top!

Love it beautiful views a little bit crowded but is worth the effort

Spectacular view of the lake and a nice workout. 1hr 45 min up to overlook (3+mi) and 1hr 20 min down. Lots of bugs. I wore bug spray and still got a couple of bites. I didn’t see a bathroom. Will definitely go again and head down to the lake next time.

Great hike as always!!! A lot of bugs this time , don’t stop or you will get bit. 7/17/18

Longer than expected but a great workout. The boulders were probably my favorite part, sooo much fun to scramble up! TONS of bugs though.

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5 days ago

Did this hike yesterday! So enjoyable. I arrived around 7:30, I was one of three cars on the Monday morning. It felt like I had the trail all to myself for most of my ascent up. It was only until the last half of my lake loop and my descent down the trail, did I actually start to see more people and groups.

Seems to get packed quickly the later in the day it gets. I can’t imagine the traffic on a weekend. I was thankful that I wore my most water resistant boots. Some casual stream crossing, water fall gazing, and splashing around was well worth it. The trail was very well maintained and I personally enjoyed the mixture of man made bridges / stairs in contrast to the occasional array of rocks and stones.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful views! I found it to be a moderate hike because there wasn’t much mileage. I do think there was more elevation gain than posted though. My watch stated we hiked 3700 ft, and I don’t know how exact these things are but I think it counted the elevation gain on the way back to the trailhead as well. No spikes needed for what’s left of the snow near the lake. The trail is somewhat exposed to the sun once you head up to the lookout from the lake. The bugs were biting quite a bit so definitely bring bug spray! We started the hike at 1245 and had no trouble finding a place to park. Dusty gravel road so be careful, visibility was awful when I drove behind someone else.

hiking
5 days ago

This was my first “real” hike ever and the rapid elevation gain was pretty tough at times but having lunch and a quick dip at the lake made it worth it. I think it took us about 3.5 hours up and 3 down. Be sure to bring lots of water, sun protection, and bug spray. The flies, mosquitoes and bees were no joke and honestly I don’t know if the bug spray helped at all.

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