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Absolutely fantastic views!

Great hike with views of two snowcapped summits, multiple chilly lakes to jump in, including a rock you can jump off from ~10ft high and plenty of flowers in bloom. A sampling of all of the best classic Cascades features.

Camped at Cutthroat lakes. Lots of rain and lightning through the night, woke up to blue skies. Enjoyed our time; didn't see any other groups camping but a few dayhikers on the way out.

hiking
4 days ago

Truly the hike of a lifetime! The type of trail that gets more challenging and more majestic with every mile. I think about this afternoon regularly and can't wait to come back some day. Not to be missed!

hiking
4 days ago

A few too many people for my liking. Hard hike but the view was pretty.

hiking
5 days ago

We hiked this going clockwise because we missed the counter-clockwise trailhead. Still a very scenic hike! I have a knee that does not do well on long steep downhill hikes, so taking the clockwise direction actually helped because the east side (Lake Rainy side) has steeper grades in sections. The halfway point and second half of the hike (west side of Lake Anne) is the most scenic. Beautiful! If you do this hike clockwise, you will find yourself glancing backward occasionally for the views on the second half.

hiking
5 days ago

It looks like they are working on the road to the trailhead. All types of vehicles are able to make it to the parking lot and trailhead. Very nice paved road until you get about 12 miles from trailhead. From there, no big rocks/ruts, but very washboard! I drove very slow much of the way in a Corolla, some people cruised by going 30mph. Very nice trailhead area with bathrooms. It was full with about 20 cars along road as we left.
4.4 miles, 2 hours roughly to lake, another .5 miles to the far end of lake.
Dress for fall, on our way back, saw people going up in shorts, tank tops, sandals, and little gear. They were already looking and commenting on being cold. It was cool and breezy at the lake.
No mountain goats out today.
Didn’t catch any fish. Had a bite. Tried some slow spinning flies, spinners, and power bait. We’ll have to do more research before fishing there again.

hiking
7 days ago

We went counterclockwise by accident, not having read any reviews other than talking to locals. I was feeling bad for those we met coming up who were going clockwise, because the trail up going that way is gnarly. Steps up of 20-25 inches. Narrow, NO view, dusty. relentless upward like climbing a ladder sometimes. Going down the gnarly sections, one can simply hop down, but I can't hop up! Clockwise this is probably a "hard" trail and gets two stars. Going the right way, one gets constant views for the effort. It is sunny for the first 60% of the trail going the "correct" way, counterclockwise. Take water, because Lake Anne is it in the fall. There is probably more water in the midsummer and snow thru June or later. For those not familiar with the Cascades, thinking that a 5000 ft pass is wimpy, better think again. They get serious snow up here and winter at 7000 feet in the north Cascades is like winter at 11000 feet in the Rockies. Prepare to spend 6 hours on the trail. It's almost the perfect day hike. We are from Nevada, and used to being the only ones on the trail. This trail seemed crowded, probably passed 15 groups going the other way, no idea how many people going the same way as we were.

Great hike 9/8/18. Well maintained trail alongside beautiful blue water. This easy trail provides stunning views, old growth forest and even a few opportunities to swim in the clean, clear lake. Can’t wait to return!

12 days ago

The hike is beautiful. Very worthwhile, and lots of stunning views. That said, real talk-- Several people said it took them around ~5 hrs RT, or that it was more 'moderate' etc. but just for some perspective, I'm a short legged hiker from the lowlands and this hike took me more like 7-8 hours. I'd say the trail was 80% easy to follow, but the last mile is real rocky and marked mostly with stone towers-- I definitely had to pay attention and got turned around more than once. The other parts of the trail are really well maintained though. The last section requires some scrambling (again, short-legged hiker-- maybe the grasshopper legs out there had another experience, but for me it was quite a bit of scrambling.) My phone also tracked 13.4 miles, rather than the 8.8 listed here. Part of that was walking to the trail head (cause I had to park a bit away) and some of that was getting lost from the trail :) But I would still say that 11-12 miles is closer to the truth? The lake is beautiful, and the last few miles of the hike are well worth the effort . For me I would say the 'hard' ranking was pretty on point (although I'd probably go more with 'a nice challenge' than 'hard' as a ranking, because I was enjoying myself and things aren't usually hard when you enjoy yourself.) Obviously, perception of difficulty is contingent on lots of things, but for the sake of perspective, if you're a short-legged, leisure hiker, like myself, this one may challenge you a bit ;-)

Absolutely beautiful. Mountain vistas, lakes, alpine flowers and sweet wild blueberries for happy taste buds line the trail. Recommend starting at Artist’s point versus Heather Meadows, (unless you want a grueling workout) and then catch a ride back up to Artist’s point.

Just beautiful. We started at Heather Meadows and did a full loop. The trailhead says that it’s 7.5 miles, not 5.5. Either way we saw some amazing views and had a really wonderful hike!

backpacking
16 days ago

This is my favorite place to backpack and camp so far. It’s pretty brutal though, I wasn’t prepared for how relentless the steep and rocky the switchbacks are. I also had a 65 lbs backpack on me, which I wanted to throw off the side of the mountain with a banshee cry. We camped at Tuck and then hiked to Robin the next morning. I definitely needed that break. The hike to Robin was a little confusing but there are two ways. Just follow the cairns and don’t be afraid to ask people as they’re coming down for some direction. We had tons of mountain goats hanging out and walking past our tents, it was amazing. The sunset here was the best I’ve ever seen. My only regret was not having extra time to explore the top of Robin Lake. I need to come back so I can, I just keep remembering the stream of cuss words going through my mind the last 3 miles but it’s worth it. Remember, pack out what you pack in and no fires. There aren’t any trees for bear lines at Robin, so bring canisters or ursacks. Crazy thing is we all had cell reception at Robin lakes, don’t plan on it but don’t be surprised if you do!

ps: You have to drive through a little creek to get to the trailhead. The pot holes are also insanely deep. So bring a vehicle that can handle it.

backpacking
16 days ago

One of my two favorite backpacking destinations. Easy hike past Hyas Lake for the first 3 Miles, then soon after the right turn at the T towards Tuck and Robin, the trail gets relentlessly steep. Trekking poles really help. The trail around Tuck toward Robin is confusing for about a mile, but the AllTrails map helped big time. Cairns help mark the rest of the way up the slabs of rock toward Robin Lakes. The last push is challenging with heavy packs, but the view of Robin Lakes and their surroundings is truly breathtaking. Rainier and Adams were crystal clear in the background, with Cathedral Rock and Mt. Daniel boldly dominating the foreground behind lower Robin Lake. Nights get very cold and windy this time of year so make sure to bring adequate layers. I didn’t, but thankfully my sleeping bag compensated for me being a dunce. Saw 3 mountain goats near our tent on Sunday (9/2) morning. Leave time to take the trail between upper and lower Robin up to the peaks above for dazzling views of lower Robin lake especially, surrounded by miles and miles of cascades. Delighted to see Mt Stuart peaking out once we were up there as well. Couldn’t have asked for better weather during the day on Saturday and Sunday. Soak in the beauty and let it refresh you. I wish I could remember the ranger’s name during our stay at Robin. He was a delightful and friendly man with a game winning smile. Extra kudos to that great guy.

hiking
17 days ago

Days off from work are the best days to explore new places, so six of my friends, my dog and I set out for Maple Pass from Seattle yesterday. Some of us had never done a hike in WA and some of hike only once or twice a year so this one KICKED OUR BUTT by the time we got to the top but wow, it is the most beautiful hike I've ever done in WA and I've done quite a few of the popular "must see" hikes. Like other people have said, the views make it worth it on the way up, counterclockwise. The way down seemed long for those of us with bad knees but I don't think I would have made it up if we went clockwise. We also got a bit lost on the way down once the paved road started we went towards Rainy Lake but it turns out we were supposed to follow the paved road to the left coming off of the trail to get back to the parking lot. Luckily there were quite a few people to ask for directions help. The whole thing took us 4.5 hours and we had 4-5 short breaks along the trail with lunch at the top. Definitely will do this one again! It's my new favorite!

Awesome. Come early enough, parking spots are limited.

hiking
17 days ago

Awesome day hike, took about 5 hours total RT. Lake is really pretty, a small alpine lake w stunning views in the background. Really neat rock formations surrounding the lake. Would’ve loved to backpack and spend more time in the area.

The trail for 99percent is easy to follow, the very last segment was a little confusing. There are Some rock piles to follow and keep an eye on to help with guidance.

hiking
17 days ago

Gorgeous views. Extremely packed.

Tip: Take the counterclockwise loop. Start at Heather meadows or Austin pass - those are lower down on the mountain - and end at Artist Point. That way you tackle the toughest inclines first, and you get to cruise through the latter half.

Plan on taking a dip in the lakes while you can! They're frosty, but on a sunny day you'll dry off quickly. Iceberg Lake is probably your best bet.

hiking
17 days ago

Loved this hike. It’s more moderate to me. Trail to get to the lake can be hard so look for stacked rocks to find you way up once you get to that point or open up your map to see where you are. So a lot of goats and gorgeous flowers. When I went it was a little Smokey but not bad until hiking down. The lake was ok but I was there to finally see a mountain goat and I got to. I got so close and got to take tons of pictures of the goats. The water wasn’t as blue as I thought it would be but I also didn’t stay too long. Bring water because areas of the hike are open.

hiking
18 days ago

Amazing hike! Every mile of this hike was breathtaking, top favorite of the year. The last mile to the lake was a little difficult to follow so really pay attention to the cairns to find your way. Also bring plenty of water or a filter pump/tablets.

hiking
19 days ago

I did this hike with two of my gf’s and my dog and had an amazing time! We went counter-clockwise around the loop and did the quick there-and-back trail to the Lake Anne. We are glad we went as the lake was clean, sparkly and gorgeous! The views were stunning all the way around the loop. There were some narrow parts of the trail with steep drop-offs, so we were mindful of our footing. On the way down the mountain one of my friend’s knees were hurting as it was very steep. Our Fitbit tracked our mileage at 10.5 miles, a bit further than this sight said (including our quick trip to the lake). We stopped a couple times for lunch and water, but we spent a total of about 5 hours on the trail. We have done many PNW hikes and this one is now one of our favorites! We would all highly recommend it.

camping
19 days ago

One of my best hikes I’ve ever completed. Robin Lakes were breathtaking!

Perfect! Easy, good hike, good views and interesting trail.

Hiked August 1, 2018, Counterclockwise

My boyfriend and I were at first hesitant to do this hike because we aren't in the best of shape and usually aim for easier ~3 mile hikes. But on a recommendation, we decided to test our limits.

It was one of the most scenic hikes we have been on and was easier than expected! You get the most beautiful views of valleys, lakes, flowers, distant mountains, and maybe a marmot or two.

We started the loop from the right which was a gradual uphill for most of the way up. Note that the downhill going in this direction is pretty steep and our knees were hurting by the end of the hike, but for us we prefer that over steep uphill and gradual downhill. Started the hike on a Wed at 9:30am and not a lot of people on the trail. Took us about 4.5 hours total with a lunch break and lots of picture taking.


Overall, was fairly easy hike with the perfect amount of challenge for us, who aren't super active. Views were SO stunning and well worth the effort.

Pretty easy hike with very nice views

Great hike, well maintained trail. No problem with the directions getting there however the signs have the trail number not the name, this is trail 1390. Lots of goats! Lots of people but not like Colchuck. No bugs! Bathroom at Trailhead and a wilderness toilet at top! Very exposed and gets very cold at top. We tracked about 13 miles so I'm not sure how accurate the mileage is. Tons of rocks so you need really good hiking shoes. I used my poles alot! My favorite part was the amazing view of Mnt Stuart!!!

on Lake Ingalls

26 days ago

Great time. Arrived at trailhead 8/24/18 at around 4:00PM. Parking lot full. The forest service road is long, but easily passable in Prius. The last mile of the trail is tough, but the views are amazing. Great campsites (none at lake). Water and thunder box at campsites. Lots left by the time I rolled in at 6:30 or so. After cresting the shoulder and heading down it got COLD. Really cold. Layer for fall. I slept in down jacket and long johns and every other piece of clothing I had. Some late wildflowers survive. Most importantly... mountain goats!! They look so wise and their horns look so sharp. A great overnight. I would have been too tired to hike back in same day, glad I stayed the night.

It really amazing place u will enjoying to stay and hike my kiddos love the lake thy enjoy swimming/:we come back sooner

hiking
28 days ago

The trail into the lake is pretty ordinary. It’s well marked and maintained with little challenges. Once on top the views of Stuart peak are impressive, and 180 degrees from Stuart I was even able to see Mt.Rainier. The water at the lake was much warmer than I expected, and the little hidden beaches were delightful. The geology around the lake was a highlight for me. So much to see around the lake could definitely spend more time there.

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