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This trail is very, very dangerous. If you are on the trail in Rog’s pictures (below), you might consider turning around and finding the easier trail a bit further down. We got pretty banged up and were told by a girl that her mom was life-flighted out due to sliding all the way down.

Under current driving conditions (9/22/18) I would say you absolutely must have a high clearance vehicle or you’re going to get stuck.

There are also people shooting guns and drinking most of the way down. Just a heads up.

The waterfall is magical and totally worth visiting.

on Lake 22 Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Love the lake and waterfalls. Trail is a stair-climber but very well maintained with no trail junctions (easy navigation).

I hiked it last week. Amazing hike! Pretty steep at some points, a great workout for the heart.
My Fitbit recorded 6.75 miles in 3.5 hours round trip. Gorgeous views halfway up and towards the top. It got rainy and windy toward to the summit so bring layers as you’ll never know what awaits you. -:)
Even if you don’t see much because the clouds roll in it feels very rewarding to hike to the top.
I will keep hiking it to keep me in shape.

Happy hiking! Cheers!

4 days ago

Beautiful hike! You can hear streams and see waterfalls all throughout the hike. Get here early, the parking lot is full by 10:30 on the weekend. Lots of families and people hiking on the weekend but still did not feel crowded.

hiking
6 days ago

One of my favorite hikes that I went to. Absolutely beautiful! The unpaved road definitely makes it hard to walk so hiking shoes are recommended (I used running shoes and almost slipped few times). However, the scenery is breathtaking!!!! I got to observe the nature in the most vivid ways— got to see the wildlife (bees, spiders, garden snakes, etc...).

Abiqua is a hard hike but it totally worths the time and energy !!! My friends and I felt accomplished !

hiking
7 days ago

FREAKING GORGEOUS!! Getting there can be tricky so definitely read the previous comments made by others. I got there and had such an amazing time thanks to the tips and comments I read on here. The unpaved road constituted half of the hike literally but once you’re at the trailhead, the hike itself is less than 2 mi. Steep hills but the ropes and fallen trees along the way made it a tad easier. The waterfall made it up for all of the hard work. A MUST SEEN! This is by far the hardest but it is also my favorite hike! Super peaceful and calm :) I’m definitely coming back

backpacking
9 days ago

The very beginning 15 minuets where the toughest as we were also carrying heavy overnight backpacks. But the rest of the trail was very easy and beautiful.

hiking
9 days ago

Trails level surfaces and well maintained so little risk of tripping when looking up at trees.

hiking
10 days ago

Having on two previous occasions hiked Mount Defiance and Dog Mountain each on the same day, I decided to attempt a triple ... Defiance once and Dog twice.
August 31, 2018
7:20 a.m. start up Mount Defiance (Trail #413 out and back)
10:19 a.m. summit 1
12:57 p.m. down
1:44 p.m. start up Dog Mountain (1st loop, Augspurger Trail to Dog Mt Trail)
3:24 p.m. summit 2
4:31 p.m. down
4:48 p.m. start up Dog Mountain (2nd loop, Augspurger Trail to Dog Mt Trail)
6:43 p.m. summit 3
7:53 p.m. down and done
25.4 miles, 10,440 elevation gain/loss, 11 hours, 6 minutes total hike time
23rd time up Mount Defiance, 95th & 96th time up Dog Mountain

hiking
11 days ago

Finding the trail head was a challenge. Spent about half an hour just trying to figure out where to start. Recommend having screen shots of directions as no cell service. My Subaru couldn’t make it all the way down so I hiked about 3 extra miles, GPS put me at about 5 round trip. It felt like a ton of work for the payoff but I’m giving 4 stars due to the lack of people (I went on a weekday).
Also, I wouldn’t recommend doing this with a dog unless they are very agile. I had to carry my 60lb pit bull up a steep hill because she was struggling.

hiking
13 days ago

The hike was pretty nice, but the signs weren’t very helpful, and we were expecting to see at least some flowers from the reviews, but unfortunately didn’t see any. It was a pretty leisurely hike, however and the different trees with their labels was definitely a nice addition. All around worth the experience.

Hard hike the whole way up but amazing views the whole time!

I passed the entrance and got lost for about an hour, until a really good person showed me the right road. It is true that the further you go, the sketchy it get. I don’t think the road is meant for sedan car, so I will recommend to drive the road as far as you can and the condition of the road allows you. When you start to see the road full of very sharp rocks, park the car in one of the several spots along the road. Then walk from that point. You will find at the end a closed white gate, then turn back and find to your left one of the trailhead with a withe and black sign (see picture). Once you’re there, as you already read from other comments, in the Y section, take the left and you’ll get to the bottom with no complications. You will use the ropes to climb down, but it is really easy. Enjoy :).

trail running
14 days ago

Trail is very well groomed - there are some rocky sections at the beginning and end but nothing significant. Basically the entire trail is runnable if you can handle the steep inclines. Beautiful views. A NW Forest Pass ($30 per year and valid all over the PNW for many, but not all trails) is sufficient to avoid the $5 parking fee. Make sure to get permit in advance during the summer because they run out quickly (weekends only from May-July due to increased interest subsequent to Eagle Creek Fire).

We were driving back from the Gorge on Labor Day weekend. We wanted to take advantage of the holiday and do a "less strenuous" hike as we had a long weekend. This was perfect. The views are unbelievable and you get a wide variety of forest, mountains, lakes, huckleberry patches, and wildlife. Other hikers were able to spot a bear. The path was fairly easy going and there was not any need for advanced hiking equipment. The elevation was roughly 600 feet through the loop. We hiked with another couple and took the clockwise approach which yielded stunning views of Dewey Lake and Mount Ranier. Next time we will try the counter-clockwise route. Be sure to check out Wapiti Wollie on the way out...

19 days ago

Beautiful hike with impressive views to the valley on the way up. Almost all of the hike is under heavy growth, so very pleasant and fragrant. Drastically insufficient parking, though the picnic area across the highway has a fair amount more. The lake is more impressive than I think most people expect it to be. It’s small but in a dramatic setting. Nice access to the shore for swimming. Possibly among the most rugged trails around, resembling a stream bed more than a trail for long stretches, especially the third quarter of the hike up, or so. Quite fatiguing especially on the way down, where each step is fairly calculated. Not a place for solitude, but quite lovely.

hiking
19 days ago

Continuous climb from the parking lot. $5 parking fee. Spectacular views from the top. Lots of people. Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
19 days ago

Magnificent old growth, gnarly beauties all along the trail, peekaboo waterfalls and many rivulet crossings even this dry season
Must go round the lake to appreciate the grand scale of Pilchuck backdrop with ice caves, giant talus boulders, and views across the lake
Sturdy shoes needed to traverse rugged, rocky stretches

Beautiful hike Sept 2. We got an early start and it was not too crowded. Met lots of people coming up on our way down. The early start was well worth it.

hiking
20 days ago

Man these people aren’t joking about it being difficult. Trust me. I’m not in the best of shape and it took me 3 hours to the top and 1.5 gallons of water. Beautiful sights at the top but do not underestimate this one. Now I’m laying in bed probably not able to move in the morning but it is extremely beautiful especially on a clear day. You’ve been warned!

hiking
20 days ago

Two hours to the top, an hour coming down. Gorgeous views. Hike is very gradual going up- it’s a great hike all around! Can be slippery. Shoes with good grip necessary.

22 days ago

This place is beautiful, did it 2 times. During the summer bring bug spray, once you get to the lake- they wont leave you alone. Sunscreen is needed as well, there are areas exposed you to sun.

on Dog Mountain Trail

25 days ago

all trails got this one right...it’s hard. hiked it this morning. i stayed to right and i’m glad i did. beautiful views on the way up and the views up top were awesome. the way down is just as tough. my legs were shaking at the bottom. so worth it!! saw some folks hiking in vans tennis shoes. silly kids! need lots of water on this one and snacks as well!

After about a mile you come to sign that says difficult and more difficult. Inspired by the reviews go right. There is nothing to gain by doing the more difficult. This is a hard hike with huge rewards

Gorgeous views!! Did this with my senior mom & 2 kids under 12. Not super challenging for anyone in the group, perfect for a family hike.

hiking
26 days ago

great hike fairly easy, if you dont take a young child that u have to carry, super rocky for kids younger than 7yr. we took or 3yrs old she did fine on the steps but the up hill is mostly rocky which my husband had to put her in the hiking back pack. which made it difficult to try to keep balance on some areas that had sharp rocky terrain

26 days ago

Moderate hike, left early enough to beat the crowd. Bring enough food and water to sit and enjoy the view. Swimming was a refreshing treat, bring a suit. Trail was easy enough to tote a paddle board up.

hiking
28 days ago

“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.” ~Alan Watts

I left a wonderful gift for you to find here. You'll know it was from me when you wake up tomorrow feeling magnificent almost as if something has awoken inside of you. Be prepared for the ride of your life! You're going to experience several days the most incredible love in your heart. You'll recognize the one you truly love in everyone you see. You'll be so intoxicated by the thought of that special someone that sleep and reality will blur together.

No matter what happens in your life enjoy the moment that is now! Today is tomorrows yesterday and you can never do it again. It is the reason why I'm forced to leave this kind gift for you to discover. I can no longer look back, it's time to move on, I can only hope for forgiveness because all paths lead you to where your heart wants you to be. J

hiking
28 days ago

It is definitely an butt kicker leg burner Right from the beginning. I’m in shape but I wouldn’t say conditioned for a steady incline. It took me 1.5 to get to the lookout and that was with LOTS of breather breaks every couple switchback. LOTS of picture taking as well. A total of three hours with me in my small dog. I arrived at 6:45 AM and I was the first car & the first person on the trail I didn’t see anyone until around 8 o’clock. Nothing crazy you need for this trail just water and comfortable shoes, enjoy!

Hard hike but great views as a reward. My legs were burning on the way up and the wind was pretty crazy also. Seemed more like October than August but still some pretty great views! Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists.

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