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Did this hike today and it was very very nice!!! A little muddy, but that’s ok. Very pretty peaceful hike only saw a couple others on the trail. It’s worth it to hike the extra mile to the second lake. It was fairly easy for the most part. A couple spots had your heart pumpin, but other than that it was very mild. The sounds of the water were so calming and it was very well maintained!! Had a great time!!!’

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7 days ago

This was the very first portion of the Pacific Crest Trail Larry and I hiked. Interestingly, I felt a sense of pride hiking the trail having read Cheryl Strayed book Wild and watching the movie. I understand she did not hike this far north on the PCT. It was beautiful and awe-inspiring nonetheless.

The trail was beautiful and the creeks were flowing fast. Lots to see! The lakes were peaceful and surrounded by snow dusted trees. The snow was just a dusting but the trail was very wet up top and some deep mud in places so watch your step! I would say this is an easy-moderate hike. This would be a good hike for families as there are flat spots in-between the switchbacks. The trail was closer to 6 miles. Great late fall hike!

**You will be on the old trail because the new one is under construction but it is well kept and meets right back up with the mapped trail.

on Mirror Lake Trail

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13 days ago

One of my absolute favorite hikes! Went in October on a sunny weekend, got to the trailhead about 8:30am, easy parking, but wasn’t prepared for the initial road climb to the trailhead. A bit steep, but I’m also a beginner hiker (marathon swimmer by sport) experimenting with hike-in/backcountry swimming. Mirror Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve been in with regards to the underwater topography and geological features. The hike itself is decent, great for spending extended periods of time in and around the lake. Water temp day of arrival 51, sunny day and warm air, spent about an hour swimming in the lake, then had lunch. Have gone back several times since, great trail and rewarding view!

Wonderful hike. The trail is very well maintained. Took my 72 year old, fit friend, and 60 yo sister. Both handled the 1200+ feet elevation without a problem at a moderate pace. The view of the lakes is lovely. As seasoned hiker would find this hike easy and would be up in back in a few hours, we took 5 1/2.

Loved this train. With amazing views and reaching the lakes and then back. All in one and yet not do difficult.

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1 month 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.

Really beautiful hike! We would definitely do it again!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful sunny October day. I arrived around 9 AM at the trailhead. Only one other car was there. Fall colors are still holding on and enjoyed the trail to myself all the way to Mirror Lake. There was no wind and both lakes were like glass. Be sure to check out the view of the valley at the end of the lake. I was hoping to do the mile hike up to Tinkham Peak but I had too much trouble trying to find the trail. It’s a very nice hike that I would do again.

No Lighthouse!! But none the less a beautiful hike. Easy enough for the whole family. Tried to add on the moderate part of the hike and had to back out, not traveled enough and I am not experienced enough.

Ok hike. Starts on the ski slope then goes behind the mountain. It was foggy, with fall colors.

In brief, a nice trail that takes you up a vast open hillside near a ski resort, then into lush woods leading down to an unremarkable lake. What really stood out for me, and those who are interested in flora, was the spectacular diversity of mushrooms and fungi that are everywhere, and across a full spectrum of colors (ever seen PURPLE mushrooms?) The opportunity for photo ops of natural minutiae are almost endless. This is a nice, short, pretty walk, but offers little with respect to scenic wonder. I might add - to the A$$ who left his dog $hit on the trail, pick it up, or keep your animal at home. Loser.

Hiked this trail a couple weeks back. The trail is in shade, great for a quick hike. The two lakes are beautiful but I was really bothered by bugs. The trail was more crowded than I expected but not too many people. Beware of road conditions to get to the trailhead. The last 2-3 miles drive up to the trailhead is on gravel road.

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2 months ago

Definitely a sunrise hike! My only complaint would be the trail is like a dry creek bed-very rocky. I would think being part of the PCT would flatten it out more with use. Either way, a lovely hike!

Olallie lake was a gorgeous spot! Great for a swim and not too many bugs. Water was perfect and it was quiet at the top

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2 months ago

Very simple loop that offers amazing views of Tabletop! Also the lakes are crystal clear and ice cold, perfect to dip your toes in on a hot summer day, or let your dog go for a swim! Before you start on the trail, be sure to go inside Grandma’s Cabin and read up on the history of the area!

I would have rated this as an easy hike. We went early and had the lake pretty much to ourselves. Only ran into two other groups. Lots and Lots of blueberries!!!! Very easy hike for such a quiet, easy accessible, beautiful lake.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a steep uphill climb with a stunning alpine lake at the top. It’s not that long, so doable if you’re in passing shape. Along the way check out all the car-sized boulders strewn about the mature forest. The first lake you find, Cottonwood, is lovely and a short side trail takes you to the shore. But don’t fail to climb that last half mile to Mirror Lake. Parking is a bit annoying - on labor day weekend, we had to park half a mile down the maintained road, which is still half a mile up an unmaintained road (impassable without a high clearance 4wd) from the trailhead. The trailhead is marked only by a rotting wooden sign and is a narrow path into the bushes on the LEFT side as you reach the top of the unmaintained road. Don’t worry, it’s a major trail despite its modest appearance.

Lots of huckleberries and bear cubs out this time of year! This trail features a lot of ups and downs as you pass through several groves and meadows, keeping the trail interesting! There is a short rock scramble when you get to the peak that's occupied by fire ants, so watch where you put your hands! We also encountered some Giant Hogweed on the trail, but it looked like someone had cut it back and it's now grown out again. We went around 3pm on a Wednesday and only passed by 5 other people, so it was nice and quiet!

There was about a 7mile (30min) drive on a dirt road to the trailhead. Few potholes at the beginning but well maintained and I was easily able to make it to the trailhead in my sedan. This was a really beautiful hike, but halfway up the dock butte trail there was a mama and her two cubs up in the tree. I was here with my pup so we turned back and stopped by the lake. I will definitely be back to see the top of dock butte!

Great little hike to a a nice swimming lake.
Some good cliffs to jump off of.

hiking
2 months ago

fun hike, pretty easy for two teenage girls; I brought a light-ish backpacking pack for training too. Easy to miss the turn off to the lake, we ended up following the PCT for an extra mile or so, make sure to be looking up for the sign. Lake was beautiful, almost no people on a Friday evening, and it was fun to walk through the Snoqualmie Summit ski area without snow there. Overall, very worthwhile not-too-long hike!

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked into Fisher Lake for a few days. The bugs were having a great time feasting on us. The Tonga Ridge trail was fairly crowded, but we had Fisher Lake mostly to ourselves. Side trips to the Ptarmigan and Jewel Lakes made for a little adventure in bushwhacking and route-finding.

The Tonga Ridge trail is fairly easy all the way up to Sawyer Pass, and has some nice views off to the south. The last portion, from Sawyer Pass to Fisher Lake, takes some effort, as it climbs straight up a drainage and over a high saddle, then drops straight back down to the lake.

We saw very little wildlife, other than the brook trout teeming in the lake.

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3 months ago

awesome hike ... early part no shade so a little exposed but latter half gets really deep into the forests .... the lake itself is on you all of a sudden so hidden it is ..... not much of a place to hang out but well worth it .... the return trip is at least 40 % faster !!

Our family and older couple enjoyed the hike into Blue Lake recently. Not too difficult but lots of roots. The view was spectacular and the lake setting was worth the effort. Another party had success with catch & release trout.

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3 months ago

Good, simple hike. As of 8/13/2018 it is very smokey. You can still see the mountains but not as clearly as I wanted to.

2018/07/28 Saturday (Hiking Date). Good hike, Two beautiful lakes. We went there with kids (11 yr, 8 yr, 6 yr). Trail path is wide enough and good. Moderate crowd.

Lovely cruise hike with just the right amount of mystery about which mountain creature you might run into (sadly this bear-hungry Aussie only came up against one mean squirrel but a nice handful of humans coming up the trail while we made our way down).

Great hike with stunning viewers of Mt Baker throughout and 360 panoramic views at the top of Shannon and Baker lakes.

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