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I went snowshoeing this morning and had the place all to myself. The lake was completely frozen but still very pretty. It was a beautiful sunny day!

on Merritt Lake Trail

1 month ago

Awesome views all around.

hiking
2 months ago

One of the hardest but most fulfilling hikes for me. We went all the way up to Earl Peak and was blown away by the views. This is a continuously steady incline trail though. Brought our dog and she did great. Started hiking at 4pm and no one was going up but saw about 5 people coming down. Great hike and would definitely do it again.

a lot of work for not much reward this time of year, some flowers, a small waterfall, a few looks at peaks... there are a lot of other hikes in the area with spectacular views and lakes

Gorgeous hike. careful when you get ti the trail head with the other trail... can be confusing but the trail almost doubles back. Worth the trip.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike the whole time! Stunning views that just get better. Parts of the trail are a bit narrow due to overgrowth, which made it a bit difficult/dangerous when motorcycles passed through. Didn’t quite make it to the top because I ran out of time, so I’ll be back for sure!

hiking
3 months ago

Had the trail to ourselves on a Thursday in August, probably due to the 91 degree forecast. The narrow 1.6 mile road to the TH does have some dips and crevasses, but the Subaru had no problem. Only 2 other cars in the parking lot. The actual mileage, roundtrip from TH to Merritt Lake, is 7.2 (not 5.4 as mentioned on several web sites). Took us 5 hours total. We had on a coat of bug spray and had no issues with the pests while having lunch next to the lake. Maybe it was the heat, maybe it was the bug spray. At any rate, we enjoyed a peaceful picnic by the lake. We did not venture onto Lost Lake for the mileage was already beyond our 5 mile preferred distance. There was only one downed tree (I scrambled under it, my hiking partner scrambled around it) and it was a non event. The trail is well marked. GPS/Cell coverage during most of the trial was good. I enjoyed the workout (2,000 ft elevation gain) and glad we started early.

If you’re looking to reach the summit, choose the Teanaway Ridge Trail once you reach the cutoff where Iron Bear Trail will also continue but down hill into the forest.

hiking
4 months ago

The road to the trailhead was challenging for my Prius which is very low to the ground but I managed to make it. The hike was a good workout - and the lake was worth the trip. The length is more like 6.5 miles though. There was a downed tree about 2/3 of the way up that many have cussed to detour around, which I did too on the return.

Beautiful, abundant array of WILDFLOWERS as of 7/19. As the trail ended at the meadows, we ascended another steep, slippery, dry mile to the ridge with a fantastic view of Mt Stuart (?). Be careful if you choose to go the extra mile up but the views are worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

We weren't able to finish the hike to the top due to foliage and trees down on the trail, disappointed we didn't get to see the views from the top but enjoyed the portion we were able to do

hiking
4 months ago

Fun hike. Done this a few times in different capacities - day hikes with kids to the first leg of summit climb to Stuart.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

backpacking
4 months ago

Spectacular still does not describe this loop!

hiking
4 months ago

This is an up and down. We did not do the boot cut route. The hike was good up to the sign splitting to 1313.3 to the beacon. The route to the beacon was full of logs blocking the trail. The view from the top was quite pretty.

hiking
4 months ago

We did it in three days, mountaineering and rock climbing/scrambling skills is a MUST. Absolutely incredible! You can find report on wta.org

hiking
4 months ago

Simple and gorgeous views all the way!

hiking
5 months ago

I would call this more of an up and down, than an out & back! Time constraint only allowed us 2 hrs. The 1st hour we went up. The return was all down. It’s a really nice, well-traveled trail that we shared with several hikers & mountain bikers. Tons of mosquitos!

Long traverses
Amazing views from many parts of trail
Very smooth well maintained

hiking
5 months ago

Arrived at the trailhead at about 1130 and there were only 2 other cars in the parking lot. The trail is in good shape with only two smaller trees that have fallen into it but are very easy to cross. There is a lot of yarrow, brides bonnet, and even some tiger lily in full bloom! We got to the lake and planned to relax and have some lunch but the mosquitoes were INSANE. We could not stop for even 1”-15 seconds without being completely swarmed so we grabbed some food and ate on the move. It’s a beautiful lake though and under better circumstances I’d love to return and hang out a bit.

Be sure to check out my video to see how beautiful this hike really is!! https://youtu.be/vI_R__1p7W8

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail. Switch backs are long and very comfortable. 1/2 to the lake. Lots of mosquitoes. We were unprepared for that. Ran into a gal
With two dogs and she was kind to offer us a Ben’s mosquitoes towelettes. From that point on we were ok. Some snow we had to walk over and a few small streams Weather got cold once we were to the lake. So glad I brought a wind jacket for two reasons. The mosquitoes and the cold wind. My fingers were numb
We are in our late 50s Took us 2 hours up and 1 1/2 down.

hiking
5 months ago

Once you break off from where the trail splits with the Ingalls Pass trail it is a moderate incline up to Fortune Creek Pass. Mostly snow free all the way to the pass. A few feet of snow still remains halfway up the side trail to Lake Ann. Great views.

Did this hike on 6/11 and it was beautiful. So many wild flowers blooming right now and stunning views. 10/10 would recommend

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Not super challenging. This time of year make sure to bring good bug spray. Still a little bit of snow, random patches, no need for any special gear.

Nice hike, the wild flowers are in bloom and they are beautiful. And the views are stunning.

Gorgeous trail, not very busy, beautiful views at the top with wild flowers throughout.

Went the wrong way, ended up hiking 8 miles. Had beautiful views. About 4 miles in hit snow so high, it was impassable and hard to find trail. Turned around. Did not see another soul. Quiet and beautiful views.

hiking
6 months ago

The last 3/4 of a mile are completely snow covered. We did the ascent around noon and when we were coming down the snow was much softer and fell through more. Need a GPS to find the lake because the trail was lost. Beautiful lake will come back in the summer

Too much snow at the top, last half a mile snow is everywhere could not find trail. Ended up turning around. We’ll try again in a month or so when snow melts.

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