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Gorgeous, unbelievable views! Ridiculously windy at points, thought we might blow off the side. Also be warned the last few miles of the forest road are pretty rough and require an agile 4 wheel drive vehicle (ideally with high clearance).

Gorgeous views! A little slippery in spots but not too bad considering it was rainy. Kinda brutal, uphill alllll the way.

Don't take Berger Rd! It's terrifying!

hiking
8 days ago

Great introductory hike for a newbie. Not saying it was a breeze - my legs definitely felt the up and back but due to moderate length well accessible to all with the right shoes (I had tennis sneakers which were not ideal!) Anyway this walk has now got me up for more - !

Had some steep hills, a bit slippery with the wet leaves and dirt! Gorgeous trail and views!

Gorgeous day, beautiful hike. The Johnston Observatory closes for the season in less than a week, so it wasn’t crowded at all. We only saw 10 other people on the trail today.

Wonderful hike and an easy trail to navigate once you've found the trailhead. If you're hiking upstream the actual trailhead can be tricky to find if you don't have service or good directions. If you're unfamiliar with the area I strongly recommend getting familiar with directions because GPS commonly fails here.

Extremely steep most of the way up but the views at the top are worth it! Didn’t see anyone else on the trail and it was a beautiful clear day.

60 mile an hour winds at the ridge made it pretty difficult to go the entire distance but it was absolutely gorgeous with all the fall colors.

This was by far my favorite hike of 2018. Challenging, beautiful, fun and plenty to see. Went of trail to get behind and underneath some waterfalls, but nothing too crazy!

hiking
30 days ago

Beautiful view at the top and short hike.

Must do this trail. Awesome photo ops, wry exposed so bring water, sunscreen and your camera.

We were fogged in for our first half of the hike- when we got to the peak- the fog would roll in and out changing every few minutes. On the way back, we did get to see what we were hiking. You can see the parking lot from the peak (if the weather permits). We saw a coyote down near St Helens Lake and a few deer immediately beginning the trail from the visitors center. This hike is long and the end elevation should not be ignored. Gorgeous on all accounts. Saw lots of bear, deer, elk and some mountain goat scat as well but saw no mountain goats!

Beautiful trail. Amazing views of St. Helens pretty much the whole way. The trail is well marked except for one spot - take "Harry's Viewpoint" for the trail to the top of the ridge.

It was a bit of a challenge for being out of shape, but WELL worth it

Beautiful Fall colors going on right now! We only saw one other group today. It was not only beautiful, but very quiet. We will definitely be back.

This trail was beautiful with open and changing views the entire way.

The trail itself was clearly defined on the ground and by tall posts and signage. The terrain is smooth and you experience a few small inclines that most people can manage.

It is exposed to the elements so bring sunscreen/ hat, water, and a rain jacket.

Started this hike around 9:30am on a Sunday with very few other hikers.

Car park and visitor center was bustling around 12:30

Awesome views of Mount St. Helens! I didn’t make it all the way up to Harry’s ridge because it started raining and the clouds covered up Mount St. Helens. I’d love to go back on a clear day and try again. I highly recommend this trail!

Well worth the drive to this trail. Over 1,400 feet gain in under 1.8 miles is a great workout. Total miles per my Fitbit is 3.54 miles
We saw 3 people on the trail so we basically had the trail to ourselves. It was quiet with gorgeous views on the top.
It wasn’t a hard hike for me but it was a great workout for sure so it’ll get your heart pumped up. -:)

We saw all 4 mountains. Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainer, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Adams. It was a little windy on top so definitely bring layers.

The rock wall was totally cool towards the top, you could tell it was man made but Wow, what a work! You will zig zag up toward the summit. We walked out to the summit, however the summit is not marked nor there is a sign in book.

We enjoyed every second of the hike and I felt an enormous gratitude on this hike. I appreciated the fall colors dancing under the sun showing their colorful glory.

If you hike it twice in a row you will get a great training hike for something bigger in the future.
Don’t forget your hiking poles on this one.

Happy hiking!

hiking
1 month ago

It is a long hike but the views along the trail and from the summit make it worth it. The huckleberry bushes are now (9/18) a deep red and there are a lot of berries on them higher up. Could hear elk bugle frequently near St. Helens Lake and saw two herds of elk on the way back.

Good hike, though we were both pretty tired by the end of it. There is no cover throughout the duration of the hike, so if you're going on a sunny day - wear sunscreen and/or a hat. We went on a cloudy, cool day so there weren't many other hikers on the path. There isn't much that is particularly difficult about the hike other than it's a lot of up and down. The last 3/4 mile to the peak was probably the worst part of it. I wouldn't recommend wearing pants that leave any skin exposed because of some overgrowth on the trail - you don't want to risk getting you ankles cut up. Other than that, it was quite a bit colder as we got up so be sure to layer. On a clear day, you'd get some amazing views of the mountain. I think the coolest part of the hike was seeing so much of Spirit lake. Side note - I accidentally left something at the peak and we tried to go back to get it the next day, but there was too much rain. For that hike we started at South Coldwater lake since we didn't want to do all the up and downs, and I think I liked that way better to get up. You get great views of Coldwater Lake and there's a lot more vegetation.

Go early. First one out in the morning. probably saw close to 150 elk. The bugles were like a symphony. Everyone I talked to on the way back saw no elk. Probably one of the best hikes ever, but you have to go early before animals bed down for the day

Challenging for this beginner but well worth it. Such a breathtaking view!

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty views! Pretty difficult for a beginner or not having the proper shoes. Lots of ups and downs and a couple switch backs. So beautiful and well worth it.

7/22/18 - Trail is well groomed, road is good except for a small gravel portion, which was not bad. Expect for people to drive really slow specially if it's a small vehicle or minivan. A bit of advice - Never go on a Sunday, specially if it's a hot day. Lower Lewis was packed cars parked on both sides of the road with more behind us. We decided to skip Lower and went to Middle then went up to Upper, there was no more then 20 people at either. Happy travels!

Short but steep. Incredible views at the top and very windy. Rocky at times

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is so worth it, but the climb is straight up 1300 ft over 2 miles length! Switchbacks & some rock climbing at the top. However, if you can handle that part.. it’s so worth it!! Can see Mt Adams, Helen’s & Mt Hood!!

We were there on a cloudy day so the peak views weren’t great, but still well worth the trip for the vast views of trees and beauty.

As a side note: if you’re planning to get to trailhead from the all trails written directions.. service road 88 has a name = trout lake creek road. If you look for SR 88, you won’t find it! Learned that one the hard way :)

The hike was amazing and especially the top of mountain view is awesome. You can see all mountains around. Road to trailhead some places is too difficult for passenger cars. Better if you drive SUV.

I've been in the lower falls..
no words can describe how beautiful it is... Amazing...

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail! Beautiful views. Steep enough to be a decent workout. Be careful at the top, I heard some rattlesnakes nesting in the rocks!

on Sleeping Beauty Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike on Saturday. We parked in the first parking lots, although the road leading to the closer parking lot has been repaired since last time I was there, and I would drive it if I went back. Not too muddy. For four quick hikers and a dog, it took us 3 hours and we clocked almost 8 miles (we walked the gravel road to the trailhead, adding about 3 miles)

Almost didn’t do this trail but so happy I did. You think you’re getting the best view about a mile from the top but I promise the last push is worth it. From the summit, you have a great view of Helens, Hood, and Adams. Pretty exposed trail but the views are worth it.

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