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Beautiful mountain views the entire hike! Lots of steep switchbacks and definitely longer than 2.5 miles r/t. Our app showed approx 1,300' elevation gain. We also ended at the little maroon colored square at the end of the dotted line, not where All Trails has the trail ending at Sauk Mountain peak. Looked on our descent and did not see a trail going to the right. View from the trailhead is really pretty for those who don't choose to hike it.

Took us a half hour to get up the road in our 2WD van, but we made it to the trailhead just fine.

hiking
8 hours ago

October 6, 2018: Enjoyed the larches and views with the 1,000 other hikers (not exaggerating). We went the counter-clockwise gradual ascent route and there were some snow covered sections of trail just before the pass, but nothing worth digging the micro spikes out from the bottom of the bag.

hiking
22 hours ago

Wonderful hike. I can't add too much to what the other (completely accurate) reviewers wrote below, other than to say a few tips: (1) At the parking lot, the "Nature Trail" and the Annette Lake Trailhead are right next to each other. Stay to the right if you want to go up to Annette Lake -- I ended up doing an optional loop on the well-cared-for and quite photogenic Nature Trail. (2) There's a road that you cross about 1/3rd of the way up the hill. The Lake Annette Trail is well marked; to stay on it, just jog to the right and left. (3) Most reviewers are saying that the trail flattens out toward the top -- that's true, but it never really gets truly flat. Quite a lot of rocks are up there. (4) There are many logs well-located up at the top for a nice sandwich/picnic spot.

Also, at this writing, ONLY hiking is allowed on this trail.

There are several reviewers who say this is an "easy" hike -- I think it's accurately classified as moderate. The climb up to the crest is 1-2 hours, and for beginning hikers, those with young children or elderly, they might find it rougher than an "Easy" hike on the ankles and knees. It's a decent amount of elevation gain.

I took a LOT of photos so my time was about 2 hours up and 1.5 hours down. Best photo time to arrive at the lake IMO is much earlier than I did -- I'd try to catch it around 10am if you can, on a sunny or partly sunny day.

Up was hard, it keeps going up with very few breaks but worth the views. I stayed to the right which stays closer to thev river with a nice view point. When I got to the top I went off the back and looped around to the other trail. I wish I would have went back down the way I went up. The views were better going up. The down was much harder the the up, legs were jello when I got back to the car.

my dog and I had a wonderful hike. my dog went to swim in the lake and she loved it!

great hike!!! loved it.
get there early there is very limited parking at the trail head.

Fun hike, warmer to the lookout and cooler on the descent down to the lake, took about 1.5hrs to the lookout and 20m to the lake. Overall with lunch and photos 1030a-230p. Very rocky soft soled shoes were rough on the feet!

Beautiful hike!! The fallen leaves, old growth forest, interesting mushroom groves, waterfalls, and ending at the the lake. Loved it!

trail running
2 days ago

Very pretty in the fall, but quite crowded, even during the week.

I've been on a lot of hikes in the area and have always seen the falls from a far, so beautiful close up, totally worth it. i do recommend continuing the hike to the lake, but maybe not with small kids. I'd say the falls is a great hike with kids.

i think the loop on its own is not worth the drive from Marysville, but the hike was nice and the viewpoint was very pretty.

hiking
2 days ago

Gorgeous hike all the way!!! Be prepared for unstable footing, lots of rocks but that doesn’t make it hard, just be-careful. Views all the way up it is a very open hike.

At mile 2 pay attention to the sign to turn right to follow the trail to Snow Lake. Once you hit the top You will go down to the lake, it is worth the half mile walk down to the lake.

Did this hike in August, it’s a nice hike however you don’t have views till you literally reach the top. The rock scrimmage wasn’t bad, it was the loose dirt after the scrimmage for .60 miles that was a tad scary.

It took us 2hr 45 min up, we cruised up averaged 24 minutes it is steep and consistent up, but I don’t think this hike was extreme. Its hard at the top but not a hard hike.

The top was full of bugs around the mailbox, it was gross, I think someone put food inside.

I would do this hike again just for the view at the top.

The best hike in Washington

hiking
3 days ago

My favorite hike by far. We hiked it yesterday, 10/14/18 and couldn't have asked for a better day. We started at noon and we hiked it clockwise. Not a lot of people hike it that way, I guess. We enjoyed this trail a lot! Beautiful sceneries everywhere you look! Will definitely do this hike again. Maybe be hike it counterclockwise next time.

beautiful hike. My friend and I went and we were the only ones on the trail, so peaceful.

Such a great little trail. I definitely recommend wering off and visiting bench lake. We were able to see a perfect reflection of Mount Rainier in the lake. We also saw 2 black bears and a lot of moose tracks around snow lake. Would definitely recommend.

This was an amazing weekend, beautiful weather! My husband, 3 dogs and I had a marvelous time. I'm sooo glad we did this! I think it is a must do.

Beautiful fall hike.

I e only ever done the very short part of this hike where we loop back after the suspension bridge but this time we decided to go right and continue on. I looked at the map and I saw where we could stay in the Lava Canyon trail by keeping left at the bridge. Once we hit SCOTT trail we took a little break over looking the river. We decided to go down SCOTT trail u til it met up with the upper part of Lava Canyon trail. It is t marked but you can see the trail to the left. Also I knew it was only .3 of a mile. They really should put signage there. The upper trail is all up! Looks like an old Forrest access road overgrown. But we had to take a couple short breaks to rest. It’s over 3 miles up. I believe we climbed about 1204 feet. I could definitely say no dogs past the suspension bridge and this is definitely rated HARD in my book. Scary at times. I am glad I did it.

This was a beautiful hike but definitely difficult. If you’re not a frequent exerciser in great shape, I’d say try something else. The incline was pretty intense with not a lot of flat area breaks. Not sure I’d say the view at the top was worth it but it was nice to look at.

Beautiful place. The hike was easy but a bit long for my daughter and boyfriend. The lower trail is much better than the upper. The lower trail fallows the creek and is up and down The upper trail is a long gentle grade up and a long gentle grade down. It would be great for jogging but it’s not very scenic. The lake was beautiful and the views of the mountains is glorious. I would do it again for sure.

hiking
4 days ago

This hike was breathtaking. If you hike a little past mirror lake it takes you to a ledge with a waterfall and if you go down just one switch back the trail crosses the stream and you get an amazing view of the waterfall and the skyline from above.

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!

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.

Wonderful hike! Long but moderate in comparison to other “difficult” hikes !

Really beautiful hike! We would definitely do it again!

hiking
5 days ago

Very heavily trafficked, and slick in the lake basin, but over all very beautiful. Excellent trail maintenance and no snow yet.

I have done this hike on day. Which was very pretty but to capture the beauty one must go at sunrise. We ventured to mountain at 4 am arrived Park 5:45 and headed off we got to lookout probably 45 min to hour. It was very windy and cold when arrived lookout. We stayed up there till sunrise about 7:15 and headed down.

The stars were amazing, my rainier in the shadows was absolutely stunning of course we could not capture those pics with iPhone. Then the sunrise was stunning as it came up the reflection hitting Rainier was stunning!

I would hike to see the sunrise every year here. There was no clouds in

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