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Easy trail (for me) with very beautiful views.
Highly recommended. The only downside is the business of this trail.

What I mean by easy for me: I haven’t done any super hard trails in WA or anywhere for that matter. I’ve been hiking occasionally ever since I remember. Did about 3 hikes the past summer (not many :( ). Athletic in general but have worked out only about once per week recently.

hiking
13 hours ago

We got to the trailhead around 9:30 today and the parking lots was mostly empty, when we returned around 2:30 it was slammed! We started at the lower parking lot and went counter clockwise (if you’re looking at the bathrooms, to the right). This meant we had a fairly steep incline for the first 1.5 miles (and it felt like it just kept going!), but we were super glad we didn’t start at the upper lot and then have to go up the steep stairs at the end (these would start the hike if you went left from the bathrooms). It was busy in places but largely not too bad at all. There were lots of dogs off leash on the trail which is really dumb. There’s a good bit of narrow spaces and scramble areas and we definitely saw these dogs getting underfoot of others. Fall colors were gorgeous and I’m glad we got this hike in before the season ended! The hike was quite muddy and there were some icy patches but not bad. We did okay without poles, but my knee might be happier if I’d used them. Is it the hardest hike? No. Is it an easy walk through nature? Also no.

13 hours ago

Loved this hike! Fall weather is perfect for this trail because I hardly sweated at all (even though the hike is long)! Super beautiful views from so many spots and everyone is really friendly. No pets are allowed for a good reason (some parts are very challenging climbs)!

Crazy amounts of gorgeous! Started at Artist Point parking lot north end. Went clockwise. Finished at west end of Visitor center parking lot & ended with the mega staircase before crossing street to our parking lot. This is a full-package hike!

hiking
15 hours ago

Hiked this with our 7 and 4 year old boys today! Far more challenging than we anticipated with the rock climbs but the boys did great and the views were amazing!

Great loop during peak Autumn

Steady incline and amazing views of the ocean! Not very shaded but good for an overcast day

hiking
19 hours ago

This is a beautiful loop hike where much of the trail is on bald faced rock. I’ve done this twice: summer & fall (today), and it was equally spectacular each day. Hike the loop counterclockwise as there’s much more rock face to navigate on the back end, and doing that on the decent is just safer. After only 1 mi of hiking, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Whites. This hike is also closer to 5 miles, based on my technology. The yellow blazes are faded here and there. But, you’ll find them, no worries. Enjoy it!! It’s quite memorable.

Did it yesterday. The view is awesome. I don't think it is a hard trail, comparing with other hard trail. It took me 4.5 hour to finish, including stop for picture shooting time.

The view on the top was spectacular once the flurries of snow drifted away and the clouds cleared. As for difficulty, I would say this is on the harder side of moderate even though I began at the Stowe Pinnacle Meadow parking lot. Yes, the view is definitely worth the hike up.

My husband and I hiked this today. Took us exactly 3 hours. It rained on and off and even snowed when we got to the top. It was a slippery hike, but we made it! Definitely recommend this hike (especially on a drier day)!

It rained during the entire hike but was pleasantly surprised how well the trees over the trail kept most of the rain from getting on us. Great trail for kids and adults, just wish the dirt road to the trail weren’t so bumpy/rocky and long!

Easy walk. Half the path is a “board walk” - literally walking on halved trees to protect the nature. It is pristine! Worth taking the trip up the Bubbles while you’re there.

Day started with trepidation. We arrived on the scene - will it rain? Will it not? We don’t know! We’ll find out... we prepare for the worst and decide to leave the rain jackets behind. We embark.

The trees drip with condensation, yet we are not perturbed. Splashes of green and yellow fill the palette that is our world. The brooding skies threatened to soak us to the bone. Yet, we persisted, and were rewarded with a vast expanse of fruit loop vistas.

Blue skies beckon us to the summit, where we snack on a mediocre clementine. Onward still the yellow trees led us to the precipice of the valley below. We drank in views of the forest ablaze with color.

Over the horizon, the storm approaches. There’s only one thing to do: eat our sandwiches from Cafe Rustico (delicious).

We press on stay ahead of the threatening skies. What’s that in the distance? The parking lot - we’ve arrived! A celebration ensues by finishing the second half of our sandwiches from Cafe Rustico (also delicious).

In summary, great hike. Slippery rock, but manageable. Colorful leaves, bring a sweatshirt.

[See my photos marked "October 12, 2018"]
Idled on road for 20 minutes waiting to get into parking lot. VERY crowded today. Five stars is for restroom facilities, trailhead area, and railing on trail. Unfortunately the trail itself was so slick with ice that we didn't make it to the lake. One member of our party slipped and fell almost immediately on the trail, so we turned around and went back to our car. Trekking poles and/or Yaktrax (microspikes, not chain) would help immeasurably on this trail under the current conditions. It might not be so bad at noontime when the top layer is softened up a bit. Our attempt was at 5 p.m. and the trail was iced over.

Drove down from Vancouver BC today to do this one and Skyline Divide. I consider neither one hikes, more like pretty nature walks. Pretty views with very little effort did however leave me feeling pretty unaccomplished but my puppy loved it. Way too busy

foliage over Columbus day weekend did not disappoint! it varies throughout the whole 360 degree hike but there were definately breathtaking moments seeing the peak fruit loop foliage part of nh overlayed with moderate foliage in the foreground. don't turn back after the first viewpoint! go to the peak and go down mt dickey... you'll be surprised! we went on a slightly wet day but with shoes and lay low climbing those Rock slabs.. you'll be fine.

Beautiful foliage today! Harder to find some of the yellow blazes because of the yellow leaves and some leaves on the trail. About 2 hours (hiking only, extra time to enjoy the views) to do the loop, counterclockwise. Bring an extra layer if you plan to take in the views and foliage! It was windy at the top!

Stunning stunning stunning! The views are worth it! Not kid friendly near the point. Little streams along the way that had some water flowing. A great hike!

Great trail, even before you get to the stunning views. Rocky and moderately taxing, but nothing crazy.

This was an awesome place! A bit of a warning though. The paved trail is a quite steep uphill walk. It would be very hard for the elderly or anyone pushing a wheelchair. Also, dress warm.

Started counter clockwise and only did about half. Went up to the rock scramble and then turned around because I ran into some folks that came the other way and said the rest wasn’t that exciting. I have a 60 pound dog and he managed the planks and rocks just fine. The fall colors were awesome around early October. Nice, flat hike (other than a short section of rocks). Parking is a beast so go early and get a pass before you try to park!

Did this back in June as a "warm up" hike and loved it! Finding the trail head was a tad confusing but the trail was a breeze and the summit had amazing views. Will do again and recommend to those who with families and beginner hikers.

Lovely lake hike with some fall calor. Parking was a bit of a wait. Mixed trail of dirt, rock, & board walk. We were a bit surprised at how long this trail took us.

We didn't do the whole trail, but the views were lovely.

The property was really crowded so we just started the walk to get away from it all. Nice easy flat trails around the whole pond. Still heavily trafficked but easy to move around folks walking at a slower pace. Beautiful views of the pond and surrounding trees. Gorgeous fall colors.

Amazing experience! Just watch the weather because it was dry and sunny at the base but rainy and slippery at the top. Also carry an extra jacket and leave your hands free; you’ll need them!

Took about just under two hours to do the whole loop not including stopping time at the peaks. Pretty quick pace both up and down. Very steep on flat rock towards the top but the views are beyond worth it. Overall moderate challenge and great hike for not being in the notch.

Beautiful foliage and view. Lots of large boulders, difficult when wet, wish the view was better as it was very cloudy when we went up. Overall, not too strenuous! Would definitely like to see it with the full 360 view at the top!

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