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hiking
14 hours ago

My wife and I love this hike, I hiked it on my own today, i made it 3/4 of the way but turned back after hitting knee high snow (I gambled not taking snow shoes). So, fun winter hike, lots of running water, just bring your snow shoes and poles to get to see her

backpacking
2 days ago

Snow packed trail on upper section towards the lookout. Hiking boots were sufficient

Very beautiful. Loved the waterfalls.

fun and easy! bring swimming attire for a fun reward at the top of the trail

Great view at the top. Snow halfway up. Was deep and windy near the top

hiking
9 days ago

Great today! The trail is packed snow from 1/2 way up to the top. Micospikes were needed and used most of the day. Get out there! Four more day of sun!!

Did it 12/1 and the top had 2-3” of snow. It was incredible. Followed coyote tracks for a while. Fog blew in and out. I actually loved it.

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked Bandera and Mason Lake. Intermittent snow starts at 3000' and is 1-2 ft deep near the summit. Suggest spikes/gators/poles. Took our time through the boulder section since coverage is not great. Grey today but nice winter views

hiking
12 days ago

We went in late November and it was an amazing snowy hike! We went in the morning and had beautiful light piercing through the fog and trees. The first third had no snow, second third had some, and the final third was a bit icy. On the way down in the early afternoon the ice had thawed a bit so we didn't slip too much! Poles are good to have, and spikes would probably be even better. The lake was pristine!

Went early yesterday and had the trail and lake largely to ourselves (passed three people on the way down).
Other reports are correct first third is snow free, second third is icy and final third was packed down snow (up to about 1-2feet). The icy section was difficult to traverse uphill and microspikes would have been helpful (we had poles), however on the way down the ice and snow did start to melt a bit.

The mileage is incorrect! It’s only 3.5miles each way, 7 miles in total. Took us just over two hours to get up, and less to get down.

Otherwise a gorgeous hike, starts in the forest, passes some waterfalls, snow covered mountains and ends in the lake that was completely frozen over for us. Super pretty at this time of year!

hiking
15 days ago

This was a bucket list hike for me. This hike is by no means easy, it is one of the shortest hikes I have done all year with the longest for me drive time. The road is washed out so you have to hike two or 3 miles to the trailhead. I did this hike in October 2018. I'm glad I did this hike but definitely not one of my favorite hikes of the year. The trail is very narrow and steep up hill until you get to the first lake where it flattens out a bit. Before you get to the first lake you have to crawl over a 6ft or so rock wall. to get to blanca lake (which is a day use only area) it is a steep, treacherous descent. I saw a lot of people on this trail mainly when I was leaving and a couple who didn't think the trail was going to be that hard. When i visited in October there was ice at the lake and the shores of the lake were a lot on the stinky side. This place is very beautiful, but very hard hiking. There is a bathroom at the true trailhead, but it was locked when I visited due to the road washout. Bring lots of water, snacks and electrolytes, you will definitely need it. I would not recommend this trail for anyone new to hiking, families or anyone out of shape.

hiking
16 days ago

I did this as my very first solo hike! A little belated birthday present to myself, too! Had an AMAZING day up there! The weather was perfect, though the chill of winter was definitely showing up! The trail was wet from rain the previous day/night, so there were a few moderately slick spots, but my hiking boots were more than enough to get past it. Had the trail mostly to myself! Took the new, scenic trail up, and the west trail back for some variation. So different-looking than in the spring! I have been on Dog Mountain I think 2 or 3 times before and the wind was the calmest I’ve ever experienced it up there. I wanted to go back as soon as I left! I think I left my heart up there! Love this hike!

hiking
17 days ago

Currently a gorgeous snowy hike! I arrived around 8:30 today (Sunday 11/25) to find 7 other cars in the lot. The road was fine, a few potholes, and the parking area was slushy/icy. Trail was in good shape and easy to follow, but I’d highly recommend spikes or poles. I did see people without (in sneakers or boots), but I was very glad to have my spikes - I wore them starting about 1.5 miles in/2700 ft elevation. It was very windy at the lake, so have extra layers! The lot was pretty full when I returned around noon. All in a great first truly snowy hike for me! Also, this is the only trail that my Fitbit clocked as shorter & lower elevation than AllTrails (eg alltrails said you arrive at lake at 4.4 miles, but I clocked 3.62), so don’t be scared off by the mileage!

This is one of my favorite waterfalls in the gorge. The water is beautiful. This was the last of 3 waterfalls I visited in Washington on the same day! I did Lower creek, panther creek, and spirit! I totally recommend combining these hikes if you’re an experienced hiker and want to make a day out of it. Here is my video from my day out there - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KasE9uJGAOA&t=630s


If the link doesn’t work search Dabai’s Adventures on YouTube.

Travelers info:

Forest Pass: NO
Parking Fee: NO
Driving: about 2 hours from Portland. Paved roads.

***Private property. Obey signage. If the “parking lot” is closed I wouldn’t risk it. Generally it is “open”

Got to the trailhead at 845 and a ton of parking spots were open on a Sunday. No snow as of yet at the top. View of Rainier is my favorite out of all the hikes along I-90

Just do the bottom half of the trail.

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike, serene setting and landscape.

hiking
25 days ago

One of the best hikes I’ve ever done. Challenging but worth it. Road is washed out so it’s 2 miles to trailhead. From trailhead you climb 3000 feet in right over 3 miles. At 3.2ish you’ll reach virgin lake, it was frozen over today (11/17). From virgin lake it’s all downhill to Blanca lake, about 0.82 miles. Snow was packed down but yactracks and poles were super helpful.

Great hike! It’s a long haul to the falls, but completely worth it!!

hiking
30 days ago

It took about 2h30m getting to the lake and 1h30m going down for my team. It was so windy at the lake while we got there (about 2pm).

I did this hike October 21st and the waterfalls are amazing. It is VERY steep so I would recommend hiking sticks and proper footwear. Would definitely not take kids!

Road to the trailhead is very well maintained for a forest service road. There are a few pot holes but they’re more like speed bumps and easily avoided, my Honda Civic had no issues getting there if you’re worried. Trail to the base of the falls is easy and short, if you want more of a challenge hiking to the upper trail #152 has some steeper sections. Couldn’t really see the falls from the upper trail but found some cool camp spots with a view for backpacking.

hiking
1 month ago

Too many insects/bugs during hike.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is on the tougher side! The loop on this trail map includes the "most difficult" section (left) and the "difficult" (right). We opted to do the "difficult" as an out and back, which is actually just a bit longer than doing the loop. Some areas are super steep, and there are rocks on the trail as you get up towards the summit. The views are amazing, and the wind whips pretty wild up top. Our dog was fine the entire way, and we ended at 7.6 miles in 3.5 hours, including a 20 minute break at the top for snacks and photos.

A 360 view at the top! First hour is tiring then it actually gets more gradual as you get closer. Today, in November, it had snow about half way up or the last third. it's all packed down though. you don't need spikes but polls are helpful.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little hike through Mosier - precious Pioneer grave of local residents from 1800s. Beautiful waterfall and what looks to be a great swimming hike in the summer. Easy and lovely. Wish the coffee shop was open however when we were done.

hiking
1 month ago

this hike from trail head to lake only about 3 miles one way. easy and pretty.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike. Not very steep, except for the short trail that takes you up to the Falls Creek Trail #152. I went up to the base of the falls and then to the viewpoint above the falls and then completed the loop and my Alltrails app recorded 6.5 miles.

I went yesterday. It probably rained that morning or the day before because the trail was pretty muddy and slippery. I’m glad I had a group of people go before me they lead me in the right direction. -:) Thanks

It’s Steep! I’m glad I had my hiking poles with me.
Wear a good pair of hiking boots with a decent traction.
Really good leg burner.
Should be easier to hike in the snow with micospikes. Gorgeous spot!

It was just as pretty, steep, and slick as everyone said! It had been raining pretty good the day before and we had a picturesque falls on the left. If you want the huge raging falls wait for spring snow melt and rain.

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