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Beautiful hike, to say the least! Breathtaking almost the whole way, In one way or another.Kicked my butt though.

Awesome hike with great views the whole time. The first part is exposed to a view of the mountains, then transitions back into rocky ranges as you make your way towards the lake. Most of the trail is an easy incline and pleasant. The last fourth of the trail to the lake is the most challenging, requiring some scrambling over rocks if you lose the easily lose-able trail. The lake is gorgeous. We went up in about 2.5 hours and down in a little under 2 hours. 5-hour trip total including the stop at the lake. The larches had already turned but still very recommended. The drive to/from Seattle is stunning.

Completed this trail on October 17th. We went for larches and goats and we saw tons of both! The trail is a moderate/hard perfectly graded the entire way! Seriously impressed on the upkeep of this trail. I will be back to do this again. No knee pain or toe crunching on the way down which makes for a perfect hike.

We lucked out with a perfect fall day to enjoy this spectacular hike. It was busy (not surprising as this is probably the last really nice weekend we will have for the year) but people and their dogs were all friendly and well-behaved (unlike at some other popular spots we have been).

Loved the variety of landscapes/scenery the entire way up and the views are hard to beat throughout. We enjoyed a lunch break at the tarns and saw a few people who set up camp alongside the water (noted for next time). As others have mentioned, the last 1/2 to 1 mile is challenging, but making it up to the lookout structure is worth it for truly panoramic views.

We arrived around 11am and found a mostly full parking lot, though still a few spots to park. Total we spent about 4-4.5 hours on the 7.5-8 mile round trip hike with about 20-30 minutes spent taking photos, enjoying lunch and the views, etc.. Definitely a challenging hike but well worth it!

3 days ago

Leg burning 8 mile out and back with Stunning open unobstructed up close views of Mount Baker glaciers. Surprised how Super crowded trail was on a mid October sunny weekend,
Epic glacier views and crowds rival Paradise on Mount Rainier and Bakers Artist Point over popularized PNW destinations.
At least a dozen off leash dogs made wildlife invisible.., when we finally reached the steep top of the ridge two different loose dogs made safety a concern while we were climbing on and off the precariously perched cliff top lookout. Should really make this trail dog free.

on Lake Ingalls

6 days ago

Beautiful larches. Left seattle at 5.30am, trailhead at 8.15. 2.5 up. Top for 1 hour. Little over 2 down.

The views were breathtaking and Baker felt like it was right there! Great cell service with Verizon at the top (just not inside the fire-lookout structure). Everyone I spoke with said the last mile was a push. When you see the structure from below, keep going. It’s not as far or as close as you think.

The trail was in great shape except two riverbed crossings.... Just walk straight across. There was a bridge to help you across, it’s gone but very easily crossed at the time of my hike (10/16/18)

The road up to the trailhead was in relatively great shape. There were some potholes but that’s a given on heavily traveled dirt roads. The trailhead is 30 minutes from Concrete.

Tip: There are two drive up, single night campsites next to the trailhead.

Had a great hike on the upper trail, which is for sure, difficult, especially after the snow fell the evening before. Wear appropriate footwear and dress for conditions. The ascent is testing so do lots of sauntering to prepare. You will love it! The 360 view is real nice.

A tough hike and dangerous spent the night with Olive my Welsh terrier definitely would like to do again the views spectacular

It was beautiful!

9 days ago

Very beautiful ! it was harder than I thought , especially it was no trail , muddy and rocks before we see the lake

Amazing views! Glacier peak, vibrant lake’s color and even the fall’s colors.
It’s a difficult and steep hike but completely doable. (I don’t recommend it for families though).
The road to get to the trailhead isn’t too bad, some small potholes.

10 days ago

Went there today. Very beautiful golden larch. Parking lot was full when I got there at 8:10. I had to park my car on the side.

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13 days ago

Beautiful hike. Tons of people, but still had sections of quiet solitude. Golden larches against the snow were beautiful. Micro spikes were helpful for a quarter mile section.

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15 days ago

Awesome hike, the road up was pretty wash-boarded. If you want to go all the way to the lake, bring micro-spikes -- the trail gets snowy/icey at the end

First time on the trail. Started at the lower portion to get the full experience @ 7:00am. Lower is a breeze. 2 miles of casually walking through the forest with the occasional incline and switch back. After you hit the sign pointing to the upper parking lot things begin to pick up. The trail become gradually steeper. When you finally get out the forest the trail begins to turn into the mountain side and you are above the clouds by now and the view is Breathtaking ( if not covered by clouds or fog). The hike to the peak was hard only because there was a good amount of snow covering the trail. Because of the snow the trail was a lot more slick and not treaded on since we were the second group on the trail that morning. Total it took us about 3 hours to the top and 2 down. The trek down was tough (around 11:00am) since there were many people on the trail. There was ALOT of people heading up when we were heading down. GO EARLY! It will be worth it. Nothing is worse than standing in line during a hike. If you take the upper trailhead you will be saving a lot of time. Probably wont do the lower trailhead again. Not much of a challenge. DRESS WARM (THERE IS SNOW UP THERE). The last section of the trail is very steep! Be prepared to a hike with much variety and levels on intensity. IF YOUR BOOTS ARENT WATERPROOF THEY WILL GET SOAKED

One of my all time favorite hikes! It's a must do! I would recommend eating lunch at the tarns!

Trail was overall super amazing, great views, killer nature vibes. Tough time when my group reached the top within the 12 people limit to stay in the lookout but we found three men who weren’t willing to share with anyone else who planned on staying up there. They turned away close to 20 people. So we were forced to walk back down.

My favorite

That’s a workout! I started at big creek campground. It was 3.5 hours to the summit moving as fast as I could. This trail is very technical with large boulders as you near the top. Steep! Definitely a hard hike but beautiful! Worth the effort!

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20 days ago

ROAD IS WASHED OUT STILL and will probably be forever. Arrived the road/new TH @ 8am. Plenty of parking still. The road hike is about 2 miles. Very easy start. The road is flat for the most part. The start of the actually trail noted and the trail is well kept. This trail is switch back city and you will be ascending the whole time until the peak. The peak is just before Virgin Lake then it is literally all down hill from there until Blanca... Blanca...... is like WOAHHHH... the lake is insanely gorgeous. Took us about 3 hours to get to the lake for a total of 5.5 hours roundtrip. A MUST-DO for experienced hikers. Please review before heading to this trail. Saw a family (of bigger proportions) hitting this trail at like 4pm. I am not one to judge ones ability but no water bottles from what I saw and a late start could spell disaster. If you don't hike this will test your legs. Go prepared and brings snacks and water. The lake is worth it but go early. Hiking in the dark unprepared is dangerous.

I would recommend starting at the high trail head because trucking through the lower part of the forest for 2 miles with switchbacks wasn’t really exciting and there isn’t much of a view. There’s a rocky climb to the summit and it’s fairly steep towards the top. The views at the top are beautiful, but I gave it 4 stars because I wouldn’t do it again.

Incredibly scenic and colorful in the fall! Trail is long, though not as arduous as we had expected.

Hiked in August - left the car at 6am, made it to the lake by 9:45. Highly recommend an early start: cooler, less bugs, few people. The view is absolutely worth the long hike.

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24 days ago

Nice view all the way to the lake !

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24 days ago

It was spectacular!!!

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24 days ago

Great trail and easy to manage, even in the dark. Arrived at the trailhead at 4am and managed to make it up to the lake by 7am for the sunrise, which did not disappoint. Dozens of goats near the boulder fields but they were quick to get out of the way when we shouted at them. Would definitely recommend this hike for anyone wanting to do a Larch March!

This was one of the most beautiful hikes my husband and I have done. Bring your hiking poles and plenty of water.

Spectacular views, a little challenging at times. Got blessed with a clear day, absolutely beautiful. No water on trail so bring plenty, loose gravel and rock at times. Look for pieces of logs as steps if you think you’re veering from the trail at all.

Stunning. If you go on a clear day you'll have views of the cascade giants (Baker, Rainier etc.) on one side and obviously the Olympics on the other. We started from the lower trail head and it clocked in around 7 miles with ~4,500 ft climbed on my watch. The final push to the summit is completely exposed and very steep, there are stairs for a good bit of it but then turns into a bit of a rocky scramble. We had our dog with us who was able to maneuver the rocks just fine. It was one of the most challenging hikes but we've done out here (and we hike every weekend) but well worth the effort!

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