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1 day ago

This was a great hike. Well maintained. Disappointed about the fog but an added bonus to have the ability to drive to see the view! Fog burned off on the way down, so we drove over and enjoyed the scenery!

Lovely, well maintained trail easy enough for all levels including beginners. It follows a river. If the lovely couple who graciously loaned me her shoes and his socks because I left my boots at home see this, please contact me so I can return your things. You took down my number but would not give me yours. You live in the Olalla area. I am an honest person and want to return your boots and socks.

off road driving
2 days ago

First trail I drove my Jeep up. It was easy drive and the view was amazing!

My husband, dog and I enjoyed this trail today. A few cars at the trail head when we arrived at 11:00. Beautiful walk through the woods, high above the river for most of the way. There are two bridges crossing the river, at the second one you're able to get down to the river and there's a nice spot to enjoy lunch and for the dog to swim. We didn't go all the way to the Notch Pass junction, but I think it's just a few minutes beyond the second bridge. More people coming up the trail when we headed down, and most of them had dogs. Very enjoyable, not difficult, day hike!

18 days ago

Intense elevation gain but a good length and the views are beautiful. Saw lots of dogs!

Beautiful peaceful walk to take with my dog! Great find!

Beautiful hike and views!

When the tides get higher it is difficult to go through a couple parts. Great walk. Long but not too long. Will be going back. Wear good shoes for uneven walking.

on Deer Lake Trail

1 month ago

Walk through the forest mostly on uphill run-off type path. Lake destination is okay; ate lunch sitting on the bridge right by the lake. Not spectacular views. Gain elevation so a bit of a work out. Nice warm-up hike for Mt Storm King the next day.

One of the most beautiful, peaceful hikes I've been on in awhile . Fall colors were amazing. Trailhead can be a little tricky to find, small sign. Trailhead does split off in a few areas but easy to figure out. The lake was beautiful, but extremely cold for September! Past two people the whole hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Soo duc falls is beautiful! Once past the falls the crowd clears out. Deer lake hike is pretty w lots of up elevation gain. The lake is quiet and there is a nice place to have lunch. There is a privy up top too... very dark in there!
Would do this again!

Nice hike to Sol Duc Falls and then through the forest to the lake. Trail is a bit rocky but not too strenuous. There a are 3 relatively secluded campsites along Canyon Creek on your way up. Pretty crowed at the lake itself.

Very pretty and super quiet. Almost had trail to ourselves. This was a last min decision and glad we found it. Pretty and quiet. Huge old growth trees.

My dog & I had a fabulous hike! Definitely going to hike here again.

Great hike, easy out and back, river was beautiful

Beautiful, serene stroll through the trees. Didn’t come across anyone until I was nearly finished. Trail was flat but then had some variation and rooty in the 2nd mile, and a couple of hilly parts to get the legs burning just a little.

Rain cleared out most of the smoke, but made the trail pretty slick, so watch your footing, especially on steeper parts of the trail. Parts of the trail (mostly during the first half mile) are overgrown and you'll have to fight your way through some brambles, but it was doable!

There was plenty of parking at the trailhead and the trail itself is relatively well-maintained, but I'd definitely recommend downloading the offline map. There were a couple of unmarked forks on the trail that we had to double check.

All in all, a great hike to a beautiful lake with plenty of spots for camping. There weren't a ton of bugs and we only met a handful of people on the trail. It did get a bit chilly when we stopped for lunch at the lake though, so definitely bring a warm rain jacket!

Because of the smoke or fog we didn see a lake, but star minus is for long way to get to the parking lot and the trail wasnt so well maintened, plenty of greens. But I believe that hike is good for hikers with dogs.

Easy trail, but nothing special.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike! Parking is limited, so arrive early. The trail is wide and well maintained to Sol Duc. Moderate to heavy traffic. Spectacular waterfall views. The trail beyond was a steady incline with intermittent views as you climb. We encountered a fair number of backpackers doing the Seven Basins Loop-it was perfect weather for it! Some loose rocks on the trail, so mind your step. We reached Deer Lake which was surreal and stopped for lunch. It's worthwhile to walk around the lake. The trail becomes a "primitive path" in parts but is still easy to navigate and well worth it. The climb back down to Sol Duc was quick.

Nice hike with good shade from the tall tress. Unfortunately we didn't make it to the end because there was very fresh bear scat on the trail about 1.2 miles into it. Decided to turn around and not risk it. Trail starts in a very nice campground with the nicest bathroom I've ever seen in a campground. There were a lot of downed trees but that's nature.

hiking
2 months ago

Whew! The inclines were never ending but that’s the joys of summiting mountains! I brought my six year old with me. We did some frequent stops and I put him on my back for a lil bit because I was impatient to summit. He did absolutely great throughout the whole trail. Hit the trail around 10 am. At noon it started to get a little busy. Lots of dogs on this trail, they love it.

The only bummer was the fog. Did not get to see the view. But super proud of my kiddo for completing his first “moderate” hike!

3 months ago

great view.....but you can drive up there..

hiking
3 months ago

Being from the Arizona desert, this was amazing. Great weather, steady incline, and a beautiful endpoint.

Absolutely beautiful.

The first mile is more like a leisurely walk, beautiful old growth forest. I think not as many people make it through the second mile, as the trail is a bit more overgrown and gets more rugged--steeper, more roots in the path. But it's a good hike for beginning or intermediate hikers.

Took trail in mid spring after road opened. Terrific views rewarded the hike. Trail crowd was light but topside was crowded with those who drove up. There are benches to enjoy the view of Mt Rainier but I had to wait my turn to sit down and have the snack I packed to eat after the hike up. Furthermore a group of people were chatting very loudly killing the vibe of the view.

This hike might be better before the road opens.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike through the forest (hiked 7/7). The trail is well maintained and easy to hike up. I thought this was difficult because of the steep, constant climb. When you reach the summit, don’t stop there; walk the extra half mile past the parking lot to get another view of puget sound.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this hike with a friend a few months ago and like all the other reviews have stated, ITS STEEP. You'll definitely be feeling it at the end. If you've got bad knees i highly suggest trekking poles. We werent as fortunate to get the gorgeous views that others have gotten , instead we were rewarded with a ton of fog, and a killer workout!

hiking
4 months ago

Steady, continuous and moderately rocky climb that was rewarded by waterfalls along the way and a pretty lake view. We hiked on July 4th and encountered very few people. The mosquitoes made it difficult to eat lunch by nearby Fawn Lake, so we sat on the little bridge with a view of Deer Lake that had a little breeze. If we came back to backpack we would choose the campsites we passed on the way rather than lakeside because the mosquitoes were such a nuisance. A fellow hiker spotted a bear across the lake at the small meadow, but our furry friend did not appear again. We wanted to hike the High Divide/Seven Lakes Basin, but apparently there was snow a couple of miles past this point and we didn’t risk it. Would love to return.

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