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Great hike! We enjoyed the hike. It was cold and windy. The trail wasn't too busy! Clear and beautiful! See all three mountains in the distant!

hiking
9 days ago

This was a great hike. Well maintained. Disappointed about the fog but an added bonus to have the ability to drive to see the view! Fog burned off on the way down, so we drove over and enjoyed the scenery!

off road driving
9 days ago

First trail I drove my Jeep up. It was easy drive and the view was amazing!

decided yesterday was the day for me and dog to climb ellinor, boy was it fun we went winter route in summer a lot of scrambling but worth it

Breathtakingly gorgeous. Very steep climb, but there’s so much to take in, you don’t care. Make sure to take time to stop at the little offshoots/viewpoints. We only saw a few people the whole time.
Can be a bit slippery. Poles would have been helpful, but we managed just fine. Want to come back and do it again.

Did this hike 6 weeks ago from the lower trailhead in a torrential downpour. The hike was good but the visibility at the top was non existent. I must say i am so glad i did it again today (Nov 8th).Left at 8am and there was still fog in the area all the way until i reached the upper trailhead. Then the skies cleared and the weather was as perfect as it could ever be. The views at the top are astounding. I could see Rainier, Adams, Baker to the north and even St Helens. This a tough hike so you better be in shape. Its a steep incline the whole way with very few breaks. Well worth the climb though and i will continue to use it as good training ground for some of the bigger mountains.

22 days ago

I’m sure it would have been amazing but the road is closed to get there!

26 days ago

Intense elevation gain but a good length and the views are beautiful. Saw lots of dogs!

hiking
28 days ago

Last 9 miles before trailhead is all gravel with potholes. My sedan made it up fine but had to drive pretty slow. Hike was difficult with poles being a must. No snow seen. Gorgeous views. Could not stay at the top as we stumbled upon a herd of mountain goats that popped up from the side of the mountain and started to quickly follow us down the trail. Other reviews stated they were friendly but to me they did not seem so as they were hot on our trail. Please be cautious and turn back if there are goats in your path! Views are amazing though!

Hiked yesterday. 650ft incline per mile. Seemed steeper. Tough hike but short. Bring poles for the way down if you have tired knees. Amazing views all the way. Saw 4 mountain goats.

Short, but beautiful hike. Unlike many hikes in the PNW, stunning views for much of the way if clear weather.

Amazing views all around, you could see Mt. Olympus, Rainer, Adams and St. Helens! I'll definitely be going back. Bring trekking poles if you have weak knees.

Straight down to begin hike with constant switchbacks. We went on a foggy rainy day. Drive down to top of descent was a little cray but made us feel adventurous as it was 700 am and still somewhat dark. Lake was beautiful and fall foliage was amazing. We were the only people on the trail and it felt so peaceful. Trek back up was exhausting.

1 month ago

I have hiked this Mt a couple times this summer and love it! it's a good workout for sure and should probably be rated hard.
There is the seasons first snow on the ground once you get out the trees and start climbing the rocks. also it was a windy rainy day up there once you got out of the trees.

Great hike! This trail gets extremely busy. If you want to enjoy the views and hike, leave early. We have done this trail twice.
The first was 9/29/18 with my husband and 3 year old. We started around 930am. We reached the summit around 12, and were back to the parking lot around 2pm. The summit was super crowded but enjoyable. No snow to be found.
Our second outing was 10/6/18. We left the parking lot at 830 with only 4 cars in the lot. This was an adults only trek this time. We hit snow at the start of the boulders. Trail was extremely slippery but easy to follow. Wear appropriate footwear and take poles. Summit was beautiful and quiet without the crowd. Descent was sloppy with melt but manageable. We were back to the overflowing lot by 1pm with a slow and steady pace.
The only issue we ran into on descent was all the unleashed dogs! We had our Vizsla along leashed and had to constantly fend off unleashed dogs that were left to wander on their own and shove past people on the narrow trail. If you take your pup please be considerate of other hikers and dogs. Not all dogs wish to meet yours.

Steep but well-maintained trail. Well worth the effort. Quite impressive.

hiking
1 month ago

The scenery was gorgeous! Rainforest meets Washington. There was only 2 other people out there. The trails are narrow, enough for a single line of hikers but the path is worn for easy to follow travel. There are some areas with fallen trees to climb over which was fun!
We ran into a bunny being chased by a weasel!

The falls though are right off the road before you get to trail head. If you just go to see the falls, start there instead of at the trailhead. But the trail has amazing small rock rivers to see.

Great hike! Switch backs for a good bit in the beginning then lots of climbing over rocks. Be sure to wear good shoes with ankle support. Great views of lake Cushman at the top and on a clear day you can see Rainier. I brought my pup along with me. Be sure to keep them on leashes, I encountered some people who let their dogs run without leashes who came up and startled us (my dog is dog aggressive and gets very nervous around unfamiliar dogs) But luckily he did alright. Just keep in mind, even if your dog is great with other dogs that’s not the case for everyone.

We hiked to the base of the Lake Constance Trail which was about 6 miles in because of the road closure. We began making our way up the steep trail but the forest had been burned and was washed out. About .25 miles in we were unable to see the trail markers and tried to keep going but it was very difficult. Downed trees everywhere and the soil was extremely loose. We made it about .5 miles and had to turn back. I would not try this trail again until the Park Service is able to get it back into safe condition.

hiking
2 months ago

We rode our bikes for the first 4.5 to 5 miles from the road closure on the Dosewallips to the Lake Constance Trail Head (stashed and locked the bikes there – this was a big help and highly recommended) via a wide, well maintained road – now trail. All told; 15 to 16 miles up and back to the lake (another 6 to summit). I would rate this hike as difficult with a full pack. It is a steep climb on the way up and you must climb over/under large, downed logs as the Park Service has not cleared the trail this year. The trail is hard to navigate near the top but following your instincts worked and pink/orange tape guides you when you needed it most. It is steep in sections. There is lots of water along the way though. The Lake was beautiful and one group got almost 2 dozen brown trout that day.

We continued up the trail, over large rock scree and finally camped at the base of Mt. Constance. The mountain was summitable in September. We summited after spending the night there. We had a panoramic view from a ridge after scrambling up a scree slope from camp to 1000 ft. from the top. We continued up and the weather then turned extremely windy and foggy once we got to the Terrible Traverse. One of the snow fields was icy and we had to crawl across a ridge on it. The rest of the hike was manageable. At the top of Mt. Constance, it was extremely windy and fogged-in at 7,000+ ft. After the summit, we retraced out steps and we headed down to the Lake. It was getting dark once we arrived at the lake and we went down via the trail with head lamps. It was a slippery trail as it was raining/misting and the quads took a beating. Having bikes though at the end of the Lake Constance trail to ride the last 5 miles to the trailhead was a god-send. The Lake hike is a hard hike and summiting, though steep and difficult, is worth it though difficult and hard to navigate.

Gorgeous hike, went with our 7 & 9 year old and almost made it to the top. The clouds/mist/cold near the top caused us to turn back. If not for the kiddos we definitely would have continued. The switchbacks were not difficult, neither was the boulder field-for adults, challenging though! Our kids had a hard time especially because we were hiking in the clouds which meant lots of misting. The rocks were wet and slippery and made hiking with kiddos difficult, even seasoned kid hikers! Without kids I am sure it’s amazing and much less care free!:) Will definitely be returning!

lots of downed trees, rocky scrambly patches, not great views but good exercise. ok hike

Started at the upper trailhead on Friday at 1pm. There were a decent amount of cars but nothing crazy. The first 30 minutes of the hike were never ending switchbacks that burned my calves like crazy. Stopped every couple of seconds to question my life. I think the next 20 minutes or so switched to climbing through rocks which was a nice change but at this point you’re still questioning life. On the bright side you’ve made it through the clearing and you’ve got a nice view of Mt Rainier on a good day. The last bit involves hiking a narrow trail along the mountain and just when you think you’ve reached the top you gotta keep going. But it’s a short ways by that point and the views are definitely worth it. Definitely gets chillier up there so a sweater is a smart idea. Saw a mama goat and her baby goat going up near the switchbacks and saw them again going down. Also got real close to a goat up at the peak and we had a mini photoshoot and he didn’t seem to mind at all.

The trip up took me about 1hr 20mins but it seems people average a little more than that (my app has it logged at a little over 2 miles going up). The trip down took me 45mins but I jogged through the switchbacks. Also hiking sticks would probably be useful going down as it is pretty steep up near the top. Views on a clear day are super worth it though!

Amazing hike. very hard but very rewarding. I am very out of shape(6'2 275lbs), and managed to struggle to the top.

2 months ago

I took my 5 years old . We made it up top and its incredible beautiful. The trail is not crowded at all.

Really enjoyed this hike definitely feels like your on the stairmaster for most of the hike but totally worth the view. We saw 3 goats on our adventure and a few chipmunks.

hiking
2 months ago

I'd rate this as easy not moderate. .

This trail is absolutely NOT moderate or anything close. It is very difficult. The views are awesome and the trail is well maintained. The mislabeling makes this hike way less fun as it’s far more difficult than expected.
It is only uphill—only a few parts that are a couple yards long are flat. The end gets particularly hard. The view is cool but I don’t know how worth it is especially if you’re looking for a moderate hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Made it up into the dog leg left area before the saddle, I called it quits at about the 5570+' elevation. It was a total four points pull/push ascent with large and small loose rock there. I felt alright but didn't have the right gear at that point to be safe. Needed pants not shorts, gloves, helmet and short mountain axe/pick to climb with and self arrest. Other than that, it was an incredible scenic hike! Blueberries and flowers galore! The 'trail' is not much more than a glorified goat way with cairns or some red flagging. I didn't have a gps app and didn't have an issue finding the way. I would like to make another attempt and at least get to the saddle to get the views out over the Olympic range.
The descent was brutal on the legs by the time near the trail head.

Never got to the waterfalls as the trail disintegrated.

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