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1 day ago

Amazing view!! Worth to hike again!!

Had a great hike with KR on 8/14. We started from the lower trail head. The trail started easy and slowly the grade increased. For the last km form the summit the trail was rocky and quite demanding. We saw a mountain goat at the top. We took the summer tail in and out and it took us 5 hours. This would have been a 5 Star hike but views were limited due to smoke from area Forrest fires. It was still worth it and a great first hike in Olympia Park.

hiking
2 days ago

The views at the top were amazing, perfect day. I gave it 4 stars because it was longer than the listing says. There was lots of downed trees on the trail through the burned areas. Great to see nature re growing.

The trail is steep. I would recommend hiking poles. Loose gravel, soot and dirt making it difficult for climbing and descending. We found ourselves off trail for better footing at times. We came across a dear and lots of singing birds.

We parked at the yellow gate. The trail head is exactly 2 miles in from the gate. At the 1st y stay to the right at the 2nd y stay to the left and the 3rd y stay to the right.

It was really cool hiking the ridge lines.

Great hike. Last 5 miles to the trailhead requires careful driving as the road is pretty basic. A little hazy today so visibility was just okay. Bring bug spray!

I wish I'd done this on a clearer day, I'd been looking forward to it all summer. I hiked it yesterday, 8/12, and it was both cloudy and hazy from fire smoke. I knew it would be, but decided to be optimistic and try it. At least the bugs were not too bad!
I would say that the hike itself is not quite worth it unless the scenery from the top is clear, as I've heard the views are quite amazing on good weather days. I found the hike to be tedious and a bit unexciting, though the steep rock scrambling near the top is pretty fun.
I'll blame the weather on being underwhelmed. I plan to try again in the future!

excelente montaña mucha adrenalina

hiking
2 days ago

This was my 2nd time making this loop, and it didn’t disappoint. We had cloud cover for most of the hike, which helped with potential heat. The smoke hadn’t rolled in yet so we had great views. Clean, well-marked trail, lots of off-shoots for fun views, and a great pay-off at the end. Make sure you look back to the range off the other side, and also take a left and scramble out the point for spectacular full views off the summit.

Just did this hike today. It was cloudy and foggy so no views. We did see a Mt Goat. The hike was challenging and fun. It just gets steeper as you go. So I also tracked the hike with my Garmin watch. Total distance from the lower trailhead was 6.7 miles. We really didn't take any detours so not sure where the 5.3 miles listed above comes from. Maybe they didn't go all the way to the top? We had 3590 feet of elevation gain but that is with a GPS altimeter so may not be perfectly accurate but I think it is closer to reality than that which is listed above. So be prepared and have a great time.

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike, good views, and fun rugged terrain that will challenge you. Trekking poles recommended for anyone doing this trail, especially for inexperienced hikers. This trail is a bit longer than the posted 9 miles due to the 3/4 mile walk from the mountain loop road to the trailhead.

Such a great hike. The road was bumpy but just fine.
The trails has it all Forest, meadows, Waterfalls, Creeks, Small mountain lakes, and lots of wildlife.

watson lakes were great. anderson lake not so much. pretty buggy

Phenomenal views...great climb but not overly strenuous...surrounded by mountains with different views along the way. Lake views and waterfalls too. 4 hr trip including a lunch break...cool at the top...long sleeve or a light jacket recommended. $5 fee if you want to park at the trailhead.

Spectacular!!!! There was smoke from the fires but none the less excellent hiking... 8/9/18

Awesome experience to hike the trail... We completed first 4 miles of hike within 2 hours but the final miles once we reach Rocky Mountain area it took more time and we got tired a lot... But with the cool breeze and most around we enjoyed our hike and finally reached the destination “Mailbox”... Nice to see people leave something that remind their visit in there... Since it was covered with mist/clouds we couldn’t get the view completely... Later when we started back, it was raining like anything and finally end up getting wet completely. While return we took the old trail or primitive trail thinking that we will get nice views... But the thing is that it is very steep and while coming down we need to extra careful and also we may get lost in the trail since the pathway is damaged and not clear if you don’t have a map downloaded offline... though it had few nice views I can say... Overall we had an awesome hike with great views, wild flowers, fruits and sceneries!!! It’s worth a hike!!! Remember to take a Discover pass with you.. Or else you get a parking ticket...

Fantastic hike with challenging elevation, well worth with 360 view at the top

hiking
5 days ago

Awesome trail

hiking
6 days ago

Excellent hike had lots of fun

To get to the trail you have to go through about 5 miles of rocky road - heads up. Trail started out at steady incline through forested trees that were pretty and kept me shaded which was good. Once you come out though it’s nothing but a straight climb up rocks and a steady incline up the mountain. Had to take a couple breaks and I’m a pretty experienced hiker. Huge horse flies on the way up which were annoying and I would say the trail wasn’t marked clearly for the rock part. The top was crowded with people and horse flies. The view was just eh because it was foggy so pictures were hard to get from any angle. The trip back down the trail was tough on the knees, quads, calves -pretty much entire legs lol but I finished it. Not sure i would climb it again. It’s three days later and I’m still sore all over my legs. Bring lots of water - for the steep incline rock part. I went through 64oz by the time I was done.

Highly recommend going on a clear day. No bug issues. Hardest hike I’ve ever done but so glad I did it. Lots of chipmunks, birds and a few goat sightings on our visit 8/2/18. Beautiful and majestic.

Amazing hike however the road to get to the trail head is awful! SOOO many potholes and was really hard on our little rental car. Once you get to the trail head however it was a really good hike. Would Recommend.

We camped down the hill at boulder creek and decided to do this hike, it was well worth it and very pretty from the top, we had clear sky and amazing views of baker. On the way down my hiking partner fell and hurt her knee. When I stopped to preform first aid (road rash with rocks in the wound) multiple people came to offer help, which was pretty awesome to see. On our way down some hikers gave us some peanuts to feed some birds and we got to see a lot of dogs on the way down, so my injured partner still had a great time and both of us were shocked by all the friendly caring people on the trails that day. We both can’t wait to go back and explore some more up here. It sure is beautiful!

Hiked this today, such a shame the view from the top was super bad because of a local fire, it was really smokey up there. Also the theme of the day from other hikers I encountered seemed to be “it’s so much longer than I thought!”. My strava GPS had this at 11kms there and back. The trail was super easy to follow and there was beautiful wildflowers especially towards the top of the mountain. The last road there is gravel but actually in pretty good shape. I’m sure when the conditions are better and the view from the top is clear it’s amazing, however without that it was a bit of too much effort for not enough reward for me, sadly.

Really spectacular views but the trail to Hannigan Pass is hot, hot, hot with little or no water. Rough trail with lots of rocks and scree crossings. Once to Hannigan, you can do the peak or drop to Boundary Camp. Reservations are required. Note, this camp is the LAST place you can take your dog. Continuing on to Copper Ridge you enter the National Park where dogs are not allowed. Another 4 miles of ups and downs brings you to Egg Lake. You will drop almost 300 ft to.get to your campsite, also reservations required. Frim Egg lake you can launch anassault on Copper Ridge Lookout,.about 3.6 miles and 1400 ft elevation. We hiked up in the evening to catch the sunset and then hiked down using headlamps. Very few snowfields are left, none impeding travel. The views are tremendous but there is a price to pay. Try to avoid the climbs and the hike back from Hannigan pass during the heat of the day. It is BRUTAL!

Absolutely beautiful! Stunning views! We took the pups but it was too rugged for their paws. The first half of the trail is wooded and like any other trail we’ve taken them on but the second half is extremely rocky and not great for dogs paws.

hiking
9 days ago

Started at 2 pm in 90+ degree heat. No snow. We hiked counterclockwise and enjoyed the anticipation and continually bettering views. Blew me outta the water. Only complaint were all the horseflies.

Yes, this trail is grueling- but I’m so glad I did it. It would be an amazing place to camp.

Awesome leg burner! Recommend getting there EARLY and bring your best camera AND bug spray! Saw lots of goats and got amazing photos! The way down is almost as hard as the way up and the rock climbing section is pretty challenging.

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike, great reward at the top. The old trail up is a real test, but worth the effort just to be able to say you did it. The new trail is about twice as long as the old trail, but much more gradual. Taking the old trail up, I enjoyed the beauty of the forest while treating myself to huckleberries and blueberries along the way. Clearing the trees you will come to an open rock field that may look like the final push to the summit only to get up there and find out it gets steeper yet for another quarter mile or so before you get to take in the amazing view at the true summit. Lots of amazing spring flowers along the way as well.

backpacking
10 days ago

Very rewarding hike with a beautiful lake. Would recommend getting an early start on this one to beat the bugs and crowds later in the day. Camping is not allowed at Blanca Lake however there is plenty of camping spots at Virgin Lake.

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