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Very beautiful and unique. The waterfalls are awesome. I hiked off the trail and climbed the rocks to get to the waterfall.

Awesome hike. Falls are spectacular. Especially views of falls from different locations on the path. Don't pass the short side trips off trail to see falls

hiking
17 days ago

Can't get any better than this lake! Gravel road for a few miles before getting to the parking lot. Be prepared for a bumpy road. Come very early coz parking lot gets really full. We got there by 730am and lot was almost full.

Nice hike. Snow/slush on trail. Gorgeous views of snow covered trees.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy to get into, road was a little rocky getting to the trail head but not terrible. Great views begin about an hour into the hike. Gradual incline on a pretty smooth dirt path for the most part, which was really nice, but definitely gives you a good workout. Took us about 2 hours to make it to the top where we had a great sunrise view of Wenatchee, Mt. Rainier, Cashmere, and the cascades. We did a sunrise hike so it was a little chilly but once we got moving we started to remove layers. The walk down took us an hour to get down. My phone said we walked about 6.6 miles, but it could've been wrong.

Wow!! That will be the reaction of 99.99% of people who do this hike, the other .01% are most likely crazy people. The magical, towering mountains around this mountain lake are simply breathtaking. It was a cold day with ice and a little snow in the higher elevations of the trail. The lake isn’t frozen over yet and the water still shows the bright blue color it’s known for. We clicked it at 8 miles round trip. Took us about 3 hrs up and 2 hrs back down. There is a few spots with fallen trees that you will need to go over or under. But overall the trail is very well maintained and easy to navigate.

I'm only giving this trail a 2 because I took a wrong turn. Missed the lake trail completely, so, I can't really rate the lake trail.
The trail we did walk was well traveled and clear.
Heads up, you are supposed to have a Discovery Pass to park at the trail head.

hiking
1 month ago

Really beautiful hike around this time of the year, this hike offers some of the best views Washington trails has to offer. The lake is starting to freeze up and theres lots of snow and black ice once you start getting to higher elevations so be cautious! I would say this trail falls more on the moderate side than hard, it took us 3 hours to get to the top and 2 hours going back down. Would recommend this hike for everyone!

The only reason I am taking a star off is the lack of signs this trail has. Towards the end my friend and I took a major detour because there were fallen trees and the trail was hidden with snow. We found the lake though! So worth the hike we did it round trip in 4 hours and a half. Very icy towards the end so be careful.

Nice quick day hike. Go early to avoid crowds.

Close to town. Good views and easy parking.

hiking
1 month ago

My friend and I, who I'd classify as novice hikers, were able to complete this hike in 7 hours. It took us 4.5 hours up and 2.5 hours down.

We went on Nov. 2nd the conditions were muddy at most. No ice on the trail that we experienced.

There are some seriously beautiful viewpoints on the way up and was well worth it at the end. Unfortunately it was cloudy and rainy so we hope to go back again in the summer to see it all again.

We persevered but I wouldn't recommend this to someone who is totally inexperienced. It was very hard for us. However, a great hike for any seasoned hiker.

In addition, we both recorded approximately 10 miles, not the the listed 7.7 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in my life! The trail is tough but not as hard as some other hikes I’ve done. The views at the top are absolutely worth it, take a day trip and go here. You won’t be disappointed! Also, lots of Chipmunks!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail for the 2nd time yesterday. And as always it was awesome. Trail was dry, had mud in spots but nothing to worry about. Brought a fishing pole up and managed to catch a few rainbow trout. All in all it was a great hike, ass kicker for sure. But worth every bit of it!

Hiked up today, there was a fair amount of snow & ice on the trail, but still manageable without any equipment or microspikes. Beautiful views ! I’d read peoples recommendations about high clearance vehicles but I drove to the trailhead just fine in a regular car, so don’t let that deter you.

Seemed further than the 7 miles listed. Hiked the trail 10/29/18 very went and muddy with quite a bit of snow and ice halfway up. Views were well worth the pain in the butt.

Great hike. The trail had a good amount of people when I went and was in good condition. Pretty easy to follow. There is definitely some good gain most of the way, so you'll get a nice thigh/butt work out! I enjoyed walking on the ridge at the top to the opening at the end and being able to see the town and mountains all around you. You could definitely see the falls colors in the mountains scattered here and there.

Great hike. Views are spectacular

Steep. Short. But beautiful views once you get to the top! Must have a vehicle with good clearance to get to trail head. Some people parked and walked the road however. Once you turn off highway... make sure you turn up the hill before you get to residential area. I was chewed out for going too fast and driving past the “residential” signs. Oops!

Great views up higher!

hiking
1 month ago

Currently the road is closed about 15 minutes from the trailhead for road construction...

I did this hike last summer and even got to swim in the lake. This is a must do trail. I can only imagine how spectacular the thru hike is if you’re one of the lucky ones to win the lottery.

Beautiful autumn foliage along the trail. The trail is in good shape. Signs of the previous fire everywhere. Nice view of Leavenworth on the top.
It's still quite hot in the afternoon when the sun is hitting directly. Not much shade.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views all along the hike! The drive there has amazing views on golden larches too. The last part of the road has some potholes - I recommend having a high clearance vehicle.
I would say the hike is more moderate than difficult compared to other difficult hikes.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views from the top

The best hike in Washington

Very pretty hike. Short distance with nice pay off. The initial incline might be difficult for some because it is comprised of loose rock and is steep. Coming down is actually a bit more challenging as you get sliding if you're not careful. The top is nice and flat and provides some nice views. Bring a sandwich!

hiking
2 months ago

Per previous review... fall colors were awesome. This is a bruiser, but no bugs this time of year. Probably worse as I am out of shape and was trying to break in a new pack. Don't think I'll carry 40+ lbs again unless I stay the night at the top! FYI... my Garmin had this at 4.2 on the way down, more on the way up, but I stopped a lot and wandered around taking pictures.

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

hiking
2 months ago

BE WARNED: This hike is 12 miles round trip, NOT 7.7. However, it was perfect! Incredible hike, gorgeous fall colors everywhere, 1000% worth the work for the pristine lake at the top! There was crystal clear blue water and larches!

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