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The whole hike was excellent! the first few miles started easy then it gradually increase as you work your way up to the top. Going down from the top is a little scary so I suggest you take you steps carefully. It took me almost 4 hours from top to bottom (lower trail)

hiking
2 days ago

Good views at the top but the climb to the top is brutal. It was also super hazy/smokey (not the trails fault).

If you are not in shape or don't enjoy hiking then find another trail. Bugs were not bad besides a fly surrounded my wife the entire descent. Total trip was 8 miles from phone app.

Honestly would not hike again.

It’s about two hours of sweat in the trees, but once you really start climbing - that little half mile stretch of a thousand feet in the middle isn’t the climb - this becomes an exhilarating hike. Summit Loop isn’t as maintained as the lower part because of less traffic. Be ready for a bit of scrambling. Went up on 17 Aug and had no issues with bugs. Still hazy and could only see the closest mountains. Bring hiking poles and at least 2 quarts of water. Not for the weak or faint hearted.

Very steep trail with a big payoff in views. From the peak of Mt. Ellinor you can see Rainier, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, and the Olympic range. It is almost guaranteed you will also see mountain goats.

Amazing hike! First clear day in awhile due to all the fires. Saw 4 goats on top, 2 babies so stayed clear. Did this hike last week as well and visibility was pretty bad. Glad to be able to see Cushman and the canal.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep your dogs on leashes! This is WAY too hard of a hike to not see goats!! Also, one unleashed dog helped me loose my footing on the scramble up, resulting in a very sore ankle on the way down. This is NOT a good trail for dogs!

Absolutely worth the grueling and challenging hike. Spent 1 night up at the lake and although my body is still dying, I'm already planning a second trip!
Definitely not for the lighthearted!

backpacking
4 days ago

We did a one night backpacking trip into the meadows which was 5.5 miles in. We then set up camp and went to the peak which was another 1.5 mile or so. The hike up to the peak is tough, but worth the pain! We went to see the sunset at the peak and the pictures and view was incredible. Round trip for us 13.7 miles (a bit more than what this app says). Great trip!

Awesome view and lots of wildlife!

Had a great hike with KR on 8/14. We started from the lower trail head. The trail started easy and slowly the grade increased. For the last km form the summit the trail was rocky and quite demanding. We saw a mountain goat at the top. We took the summer tail in and out and it took us 5 hours. This would have been a 5 Star hike but views were limited due to smoke from area Forrest fires. It was still worth it and a great first hike in Olympia Park.

I wish I'd done this on a clearer day, I'd been looking forward to it all summer. I hiked it yesterday, 8/12, and it was both cloudy and hazy from fire smoke. I knew it would be, but decided to be optimistic and try it. At least the bugs were not too bad!
I would say that the hike itself is not quite worth it unless the scenery from the top is clear, as I've heard the views are quite amazing on good weather days. I found the hike to be tedious and a bit unexciting, though the steep rock scrambling near the top is pretty fun.
I'll blame the weather on being underwhelmed. I plan to try again in the future!

hiking
8 days ago

Trail is in good condition. Good hike on a hot day, mostly shaded. Not the best views on the way up. Awesome view at the top.

Just did this hike today. It was cloudy and foggy so no views. We did see a Mt Goat. The hike was challenging and fun. It just gets steeper as you go. So I also tracked the hike with my Garmin watch. Total distance from the lower trailhead was 6.7 miles. We really didn't take any detours so not sure where the 5.3 miles listed above comes from. Maybe they didn't go all the way to the top? We had 3590 feet of elevation gain but that is with a GPS altimeter so may not be perfectly accurate but I think it is closer to reality than that which is listed above. So be prepared and have a great time.

Hiked this one week ago with my two kids. Putvin trail is maintained and beautiful. Highly recommend. But, the lake of the angels trail is not well maintained and I would NOT recommend for children under 16! Loose dirt, steep, and at times dangerous. We finally had to turn around about 1/2 mile from the lake because it was too dangerous for my 12 year old. One slip on steep, loose dirt and he could have fallen off the side of the mountain. Lake of the angels made Mt. Ellinor(we just hiked it a couple weeks ago) seem easy! Hope this helps!!

backpacking
11 days ago

I did not make it all the way to the lake due to lots of smoke from the wildfire in Hamma Hamma not too far away, and very hot. I would classify this as a more difficult hike carrying an overnight backpack. Trail was in good condition, some pesky wasps circling my head for much of the hike. I look forward to trying it again when it cools down and the smoke clears out.

This hike has been on my list for a very long time. I can finally check that box! What a beautiful hike. It did, however, meet and exceed previous trip reports on how hard it is. It is very demanding. Steep in parts, steeper still in other parts. I encourage you, if you are setting out on this adventure, to remember to stop and take in the scenery. It is endless beauty from the start to the unbelievably gorgeous lake at the end. If you are thinking of trying this hike/climb be aware there are a couple of kinda dangerous parts aside from the rest of the trail. One is scrambling up rocks and roots, and the other has a fixed rope up a rocky section that is a big help. They both have minimal exposure, and are pretty easy to climb up, just be cautious. The trail is in great shape, and easy to follow. The lake...I’ve looked at so many pictures of this, and my breath was taken away by how beautiful it was in person. My breath was also taken away when I jumped in for a dip! You gotta do it, it is like jumping into an ice cube I think. There was a family of around 6 goats hanging out up there which was pretty cool. Mountains soaring on every side, beautiful sound of the wilderness to accompany you for lunch. It truly is my idea of heaven.

To get to the trail you have to go through about 5 miles of rocky road - heads up. Trail started out at steady incline through forested trees that were pretty and kept me shaded which was good. Once you come out though it’s nothing but a straight climb up rocks and a steady incline up the mountain. Had to take a couple breaks and I’m a pretty experienced hiker. Huge horse flies on the way up which were annoying and I would say the trail wasn’t marked clearly for the rock part. The top was crowded with people and horse flies. The view was just eh because it was foggy so pictures were hard to get from any angle. The trip back down the trail was tough on the knees, quads, calves -pretty much entire legs lol but I finished it. Not sure i would climb it again. It’s three days later and I’m still sore all over my legs. Bring lots of water - for the steep incline rock part. I went through 64oz by the time I was done.

Highly recommend going on a clear day. No bug issues. Hardest hike I’ve ever done but so glad I did it. Lots of chipmunks, birds and a few goat sightings on our visit 8/2/18. Beautiful and majestic.

hiking
13 days ago

Hiked this today, such a shame the view from the top was super bad because of a local fire, it was really smokey up there. Also the theme of the day from other hikers I encountered seemed to be “it’s so much longer than I thought!”. My strava GPS had this at 11kms there and back. The trail was super easy to follow and there was beautiful wildflowers especially towards the top of the mountain. The last road there is gravel but actually in pretty good shape. I’m sure when the conditions are better and the view from the top is clear it’s amazing, however without that it was a bit of too much effort for not enough reward for me, sadly.

Absolutely beautiful! Stunning views! We took the pups but it was too rugged for their paws. The first half of the trail is wooded and like any other trail we’ve taken them on but the second half is extremely rocky and not great for dogs paws.

Awesome leg burner! Recommend getting there EARLY and bring your best camera AND bug spray! Saw lots of goats and got amazing photos! The way down is almost as hard as the way up and the rock climbing section is pretty challenging.

on Mount Ellinor Trail

17 days ago

My 22yr old son picked this climb, I trusted that it would be moderate, never again. We got to the upper trailhead late at 7pm. (Note, the gravel road up is pretty rutted and squirrely.) We knew we had to make the summit by 8:30 to see the sun set. We covered the 1st mile in about the 30 min but the upper stretch is very tough. I spent much less time looking for goats then making sure my feet kept moving. Around every bend was another climb through the boulders. All that aside, the top is epic. It was crystal clear making the view fantastic all the way to Rainier. The hike down after sunset would have been okay but my headlamp died leaving us with one cellphone flashlight resulting in a few bruises and scrapes. The top was worth the effort, just make sure you have excellent mosquito repelent (we did) and a backup headlamp (we didn't) for the descent.

Pretty steep, but my 7 and 9 year old kids made it.

nature trips
18 days ago

bring plenty of water. no water source

So. Much. Up. Consider it your wilderness Stairmaster. Also, for what it’s worth, my GPS recorded the inbound part of the trek (to the summit of Cub[?] mountain, just above the lake) as 4.1 miles with a gain of ~4100 ft (so ~8 mi r/t). There were quite a few flies and dense foliage to slog through near the lake, but the reward was well worth it. Incredible views from the summit and an abundance of huckleberries along the upper parts of the trail. The lake is pristine and very refreshing for a swim!

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike! We hit the trail around 5:30 am.
Trail starts in trees and you can hear the creek to your left as see it just about a quarter mile in.
Trail starts off easy, a couple of great spots to get to the creek and some beautiful meadows and wildflowers. Trail splits about 4 miles in, to the peaks you keep right.
Just before you get to the pass there is a great ridge i just loved! The views at the ridge are beautiful! Lee heading up ( the trail is to your right) and about 1 ish miles of steep climbing and you’ve reached the sunny! There is a bit of a false summit about a half mile up ( pretty views and places to sit!) but lol right again and you’ll se trail still goes about another 1/2 mile. That stretch is hard but it’s worth it for the views at top! No bugs except for some very annoying biting flies near the top! Snug spray seemed to hell keep them away so we could enjoy some time up there!
Well groomed trail and easy to follow!
Very much recommend this hike!

Absolutely stunning hike. Did the extra 3 miles round trip to the summit of Mt. Buckhorn; worth the extra elevation gain! At the top of marmot pass, the trail intersects with Tubal Cain. Take a right and scramble up the steep trail to reach the summit. Perfect warm day and amazing views of the Olympics.
And the signs to the upper big quilcene trailhead are very visible, including the 2750 forest road.

Tough hike, but glad we made it. Had problems coming back down, because how knee problems. Definitely need to be in good shape with no orthopedic problems. Last bit of the trail needs to have some grooming, wasn't sure we where on the right trail. Hike is actually 6 miles up and back not 4.9 miles

hiking
23 days ago

This trail is a better version of the stair master. Make sure to carry plenty of water, sunblock, and bug repellent.

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