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hiking
21 hours ago

Amazing old growth trail. I agree with the moderate rating because of the elevation gain and the difficulty of navigating the trail. Roots and rocks can be a big problem if you don’t pay attention. The reward at the lake is well worth the effort. Beautiful even on a cloudy day! I had the trail and lake to myself today. I ran into 4 people on the way down. I will return to this trail in the summer I am sure it’s even more stunning!

Great as long as you go early

Insanely crowded. I felt like I was in a single file line going up.

hiking
2 days ago

Great quick, and relatively easy hike close to town. There were only a handful of us on the trail but I think that’s mostly because it’s Tuesday...it was pretty quiet once we started climbing which was nice. The last push to the top is tough but not impossible by any means. Views from the top were nice. Would definitely recommend if you don’t want to drive too far, or don’t have all day to hike.

My dog and I went for a short hike today. Trail was clean with plenty of parking. Great easy hike. We only went 1.7 miles out. Highly recommend for novices like me.

3 days ago

The trail itself is great, but it's heavily trafficked

What a surprise—2 mountain goats chowing down on the rocky cliff not far from the climbing face. On a nice day, this is a good choice for a hike close to Seattle. Sweeping views from the top but be prepared to hear I-90 traffic and see ever expanding North Bend.

The trail is nice. It’s a good scenic trail with lots of cool places to stop and take pictures. The only bad thing is it’s a popular trail. Once you get to the top, you’ll be fighting for places to stop and take a break or pictures. We went on a Saturday morning and we were at the top with about 50 other people who had the same idea as we did today. The parking lot fills fast and people started parking on the street before the parking lot. So, we’ll definitely go back on a Wednesday morning or something so it won’t be so crowded.

hiking
5 days ago

Wet, slippery but beautiful! Waterproof shoes a must! Beautiful and frosted ground at the lake.

hiking
7 days ago

Really nice hike with beautiful view points!

trail running
11 days ago

Great hike for all age groups. If you’re not a beginner, I’d recommend trail running as well. Breathtaking views from the cliff. You can continue further if you wish as the trail continues further. Took us 3 hours from car to car including breaks. Would highly recommend for sunrise.

hiking
12 days ago

Always a fun little hike :)

Steep for kids, but amazing views and great lookout at the top. Mountain stream just over halfway up.

Great view from the top! A little steep at the end, but totally worth it.

hiking
12 days ago

Went today in the rain, pretty good rainy day hike with a lot of tree coverage. However, there are lots of rocks/roots that get slippery. Several different streams to cross and a good bit of time walking through water, having waterproof boots is *highly* recommended. 2-3 cars when we arrived around 9:30, but was full as we left around 11:45. The gravel road had a lot more potholes than we expected, doable in a basic car, but going slow + dodging was definitely key.

hiking
16 days ago

My husband and I did this (we're not in the best shape) and huffed and puffed on the way up but man was it worth it! Great views, lots of beautiful greenery along the way!

I've always found the hike a little boring up until the viewpoint. There are a lot of switchbacks and not a lot to see until the end. However, the view is definitely worth it! Be careful at the top!

hiking
20 days ago

Went this morning (Saturday 10/27). Glad we got there early (~8:15) not too many people on the trail yet, but they were steadily streaming in as we left. We took ~2.5 hours with breaks at the view points. The lake isn’t really there at the moment, so the views weren’t as great, but still nice mountain shots. We thought the first big viewpoint was just as good or better than the one at the top (this may change when the lake is actually there).

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on Poo Poo Point Trail

24 days ago

It's a great trail. We did hike the long trail and walked back via short but difficult rocky trail. the view are amazing.

hiking
24 days ago

Pretty easy and relatively low incline hike with flat and wide trail! Easy to get to and a great lake view from the top, nestled into the mountain peaks. I wanted to swim by the rocks were kinda sharp and didn’t want to cut my foot. Did this in August.

There’s a lot of switchbacks and is a little overcrowded. Otherwise, it’s a great trail!

What a beautiful lake and the trail is pretty nice as well! The frosty boardwalk around the lake was fantastic! So many mushrooms out still and the lonely raven barking across the lake was awesome!

I think it’s a little difficult lol. But I also hear it’s really easy. I’ve gone a couple times and the view is definitely worth it. Very dangerous at the top as I know many have slipped and fell at the top view..

Beautiful forested trail and lake. The only downside are the massive potholes one mile before the trail. I found the hike to be easy and parking was not an issue.

Overcrowded. Nice view though...

Wonderful hike with kids

hiking
26 days ago

Nice view at the top. Well maintained trail that is easy to walk.

1 month ago

Completed this trail twice. Its fun with great view towards the end. Short but fun.

Went for an impromptu hike in November 2017. Very nice little hike. It's a very popular trail so it's generally very crowded.

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