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Big hill to start but then it is pretty flat.
the beach is very rocky on the second half of the hike. Amazing views. we had a great time.

on Snow Lake Trail

hiking
8 days ago

I hiked on Friday. This was my first time doing a snow hiking so it’s little bit difficult for me. Just made 2/3 of the trail because the snow was deeper in the last 1/3 and the trail was so narrow. I def. hike again with a better preparation to complete the trail. The scenery was very beautiful tho.

hiking
8 days ago

Hiked as far as we could today- a recent avvy slide completely demolished the rest of the trail right before reaching the lake. Multiple hikers that got there before us said they tried going around it right, then left, and ultimately couldn’t make it to the lake. Some of them had GPS and still didn’t make it to the lake.
Otherwise a beautiful hike! There was a decent amount of snow, although we didn’t need snowshoes. We just had microspikes and we were absolutely fine. The snow on the trail was decently padded down when we went and it was warm enough that there was no ice- the microspikes just gave us good grip on compact snow.
Didn’t see any extreme signs of imminent avvy danger, besides the recent slide that ended up stopping our hike early. There is water running through the trail area and one stream was noticeably running underneath a small snowfield, but it wasn’t too steep of a grade and didn’t concern me.

backpacking
8 days ago

Best experience of my life. Was my first overnight hike and was worth it. I recommend being somewhat experienced. We had a group of 5 people and 1 dog, and went around August 6th-7th of 2018. This is a pretty hard hike, but very very rewarding. I would recommend this hike to anyone. You will not regret it, Absolutely beautiful, and literally will have your breath taken away from you every single step. I also would say to pack the extra weight and pitch a tent at the top. One of the best parts was watching the stars at night, absolutely stunning. This hike can provide you to get so close with the people you go up with. Theres a big bonus If your into fishing! There is an unlimited amount of cutthroat trout up there and is extremely cool to watch them hit your lure in the crystal clear water. The hike will make you super hot, but the best feeling is jumping in the glacier water while taking a break. I recommend everyone to take the trek up to robin lake after getting to tuk lake, even if it is difficult and confusing. I also recommend going in the summer time so you can have great weather with out getting cold, and having amazing, clear, and beautiful days out there. Once we got to the top of robin lake we even got enough service of AT&T to FaceTime our parents to share the view! Amazing views of Mt Daniel and Cathedral Rock are available throughout the whole hike, as long as it’s clear. Along the lower parts of the trail, there is an abundance of blueberries that you can snack on on the way up. 11/10 experience and literally would die to go up there again. Be safe up there everyone

hiking
9 days ago

Went up today! Beautiful hike. With snow plows, needed to jump up to trail head. Hiked with spikes for 1.75 miles then lost trail. You could see the divots but didn’t bring snowshoes so decided to turn back. Saw a few hikers, snowshoers & cross country skiers. Maybe they good blaze the trail. A few slides in open fields. Fun streams to cross

hiking
14 days ago

Took us 2 hours up, 1.5hr down. The whole trail has snow on it, but the first half of the trail was packed down snow. We had spikes on the whole time, but snow shoes would be good for the last half of the trail since we started blazing the trail. There was only one area that was a difficult to get up. Definitely need poles! There was one other group in front of us making a trail since you can't see it eventually. Once we started hiking down we saw a lot more groups hiking up.

hiking
17 days ago

The hike wasn’t too bad for someone who isn’t very athletic like myself. It was just very long so prepare for that! My boyfriend and I went out today for my birthday and we wore many layers but ended up getting drenched in rain water, river water (you have to cross many, some can get up to mid calf in depth) and ended up turning around before we actually reached Goat Lake because we were worried we wouldn’t make it back before sundown. We hiked Lower Elliot on the way to the lake and Upper Elliot on the way back.. which we recommend because taking Upper Elliot back allows you to descend most of the time. Our advice: wear rain boots in the rainy seasons, dress in layers, maybe bring food because of how long the hike is (took us 4+ hours and remember we didn’t even make it to the lake), and start out early so you can take your time!

Love hiking in the winter as a rainy day or break alt from skiing. Multiple stream crossings are my son’s (5) favorite. Watch out for streams filling up. Need grippy shoes (we turned the hike back into a slip and slide due to my son’s Bogs). We only have done the first mile. Definitely coming back in the summer for some backpacking.

hiking
19 days ago

It is beautiful for sure for a bit too crowded for my liking.

Awesome views on this easy hike. Loved every minute of it.

snowshoeing
21 days ago

Snow lake did not disappoint. I made it to the top of the lake and didn’t press my luck traversing down to the actual lake. Gorgeous scenery. Tons of snow. A bit wet. But nothing too bad!

hiking
22 days ago

Did the hike today but only made it about one third or half way due to rain and the trail being washed out a bit. With the rain we thought it was better to be safe so we turned back about halfway. We didn't use snow shoes but we used crampons. Snow shoes are not necessary due to compact snow but if you don't have crampons I would suggest snowshoes. We actually saw a group of 3 guys not dressed for the trail and one of them had on cowboy boots!! The views were beautiful. Next time we plan to get to Snow Lake!

hiking
22 days ago

Went up this morning with high hopes. Trailhead was a little hidden (it’s between the 2 upper parking lots at Alpental and requires a little climb up a snow bank from the snow plows). Brought spikes and snow shoes and used both. Some sections were a bit narrow for shoes though. Spikes would have sufficed for most of the way up. The trail was easy to follow and walk on with packed snow though some sections were soft and did some postholing in spikes.
Unfortunately, once the trail spilts and the switch backs starts, most of the trail was washed out but small slides and avalanches. Going the other direction towards the rim had the same result. I wasn’t comfortable blazing a new route on my own given the rainy weather and the threat of more slides. Disappointed I got as close as 3/4 mi from the lake but it was still a fun hike. Still clocked in 5 1/2 miles RT.
*I used GAIA to make sure I stayed on the trail in the washes out areas but it got a bit too deep for me and my dog.

hiking
23 days ago

Only went about one-third of the way because the family pooped out, but still beautiful and not too much traffic. We brought snowshoes but didn't need them because the snow was already hard-packed from other hikers.

hiking
24 days ago

Lots of snow, trail gets a little harder near the switch backs. Bring gloves and a beanie, and poles would help. waterproof gear. Trail is narrow, I wouldn’t wear snow shoes

hiking
24 days ago

I completed this hike in late October and it was beautiful! We started a little too late in the day and ended up being still on the trail at nightfall. It was a little chilly after dark but overall the temperatures were comfortable. It was a little too foggy to see the lake completely but the views were definitely still worth it. The trail gets narrow and rocky (and wet!) in several spots so I wouldn't recommend this hike for young children. The full loop is actually 7.2 miles. Great hike!

we did this overnight 12/19/18. we got up about a mile before we had to put on snowshoes as it was clear no one has use the trail in a while. the trail is only fairly marked but even with the snow it was fairly easy to follow. hopefully we made it easier for people to follow after we trailblazed it lol. other than that beautiful hike!

Of all day hikes in the Olympics, this one may be the coup de grace. If you just want something pleasant and some nice views, there are many other options. If you want a challenge, an adventure, and a trail that will test your resolve... this one’s for you.

Be advised, the posted mileage is incorrect. I parked my car as close to the end of the road as you can get (at the first of two washouts) and then clocked 14.9 miles round trip, with no detours up and back.

The trail is not hard to follow. Yes, there are fallen logs and branches everywhere, but there are orange string markers hanging from branches and older red blazes and markers on various trees.

I did this on December 21st. If you’re going to consider doing it later in the season, be supplied, prepared, and equipped. It’s gruelingly steep on a dry summer day. Add snow and ice, and it can be dangerous if you’re not smart and sure-footed. The snow on the ground started halfway up, just past the fire-damaged area. At the lake the snow was nearly thigh deep. All of that said, it was one of the most staggeringly beautiful sights I’ve ever seen.

Overall, this is really hard, but totally worth it. If you want it enough, you can do it.

hiking
29 days ago

trail is quite narrow for snowshoes ended up taking them off and just wearing yaktrax. beautiful views but definitly pay attention. we totally missed the fork for snow lake.

hiking
1 month ago

This is my favorite hike of all time. It is so pretty! great views of the mountains. A lot of different wild flowers, mushrooms and landscapes. Once you get to the lake, it takes your breath away. ** I completed this hike in early fall.

Excellent!!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice day heading up to Goat Lake. There is some snow on the trail but not deep or icy. Road is very potholed on the way to trail but manageable. Hike was very pretty, beautiful forest and Mountain View’s and pretty easy going.

hiking
1 month ago

大雪❄️
晴天去看雪。女友们周一已经去探过路了,皆震撼于雪霁初晴的湖光山色,特意来相邀再走一遍。第一次穿上钉鞋去爬雪山,脚下嘎吱嘎吱作响,路旁是巍峨洁白的群山,挺拔耸立的树,银装素裹,另有一番妖娆。行者,便是这冰雪世界的一道亮色。偶尔,有一两个未封冻的树洞,不知道把秘密藏进去,明春会不会开出美丽的花朵?湖水没有秋天的的清澈透明,有三分之一冻上了,剩下的的湖面深沉平静。山顶有鸟儿飞来飞去,只为了冬天这来之不易的美食。下山时,迎着骄阳,有彩云相送。

1 month ago

12/8/18
Took the lower trail out and upper trail back. Definitely recommend taking both trails as on the lower you get views of the river and upper you get better views of the mountains. Upper trail is a bit longer so be prepared for that if you use it for the way back. Both are well maintained and it's a fairly easy hike.
The lake is absolutely stunning and views of the mountains and waterfalls won't disappoint!
Still now snow cover as of date above, although some icy spots during stream crossings. Mountain loop highway has no snow as well. Dirt portion is in a bit of rough shape so low cars might struggle with all the pot holes.

Beautiful!

1 month ago

Beautiful hike! You definitely need snow cleats and a pole, but no snow shoes required. This is a popular trail, so the snow on the trail has been compacted down. We started at 8am and only ran into one group of hikers at the top, but we passed plenty on the way down. I definitely think the snow makes this hike more beautiful! Great hike, even if you're new to winter hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing peaceful hike. Hiked Friday last week and was snowing heavily. Wore Yaktrax but some steep icy switchbacks near summit so lightweight spikes would have been better. Had to scramble a little and butt slide down parts. Park in Alpental Ski area then walk up road beyond the ‘No vehicles sign’ and the trail is on your right: look for steps.

Overall beautiful. Lots of water crossings so def need waterproof boots.

Did this hike today, no snow, very flat, just really long. There were a couple of little creeks to pass over, nothing crazy. We didn't finish the hike, it would have been dark by the time we got back and we waited to be leaving before it got dark. I would definitely plan on leaving earlier next time. Only saw a few people didn't seem to be a very popular hike but it was very well kept, looked like it was recently serviced! Other than a few potholes on the way up the road to the trailhead and our poor time management it was a pretty nice hike.

I went there this morning December 1/2018. The the first mile was very easy and my micro spikes were enough. The snow got deeper so I used my snowshoes. It was the perfect day for it.

hiking
1 month ago

The most magical overnight trip I've ever done. Camped on a flat sandy area at the top. Bring plenty of water. You'll want to stay once you reach the top

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