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18 hours ago

Great hike but definitely not an easy hike. Incline most of the day with little switchbacks to change up the hike but the lake and views of Rainier make it totally worth it.

Took the dalles ridge trail or northern approach due to the road to the coral pass entrance being closed. If you look that trail up on the app it will give you exact coordinates to the trail head. Trail head is on the side of the road and not marked at all except for a little green marking tape on a tree, but the coordinates in google maps took me straight to it. Overall, a gorgeous snowy hike on a beautiful sunny day. About 4 miles to the top and stunning views all around!

Hiked this trail on Saturday, October 20. We had beautiful, clear weather and could see everything, including Mt. Adams. Trail is in good condition. Steady, consistent elevation gain as we climbed. BRING PLENTY OF WATER to drink. There is no water up along this trail at this time. It starts off in the woods with a steady climb that is somewhat steep at times. After about 3 miles you come over a hill where you can see incredible views of Mt Rainier. Continue up and around some big rocky areas then back into some forest. The last mile to the top is tough but the views are awesome.

Such a great hike, but it’s more like 5.5 miles one way...total 11 miles when you’re done...there’s a great side trail where you can view Mt Rainier peak and it is captivating! Hard because of elevation gain so bring plenty of water...And invest in some good walking sticks to save your knees on the way down...great trail!!! Definitely one to do several times throughout the year to see all the color changes in the wildflowers! Loved it and felt accomplished when it was completed!

Amazing 360 view at the top. Great hike for being outside the national park and dog friendly. Road is gravel and bumpy all the way but low clearance cars can still make it. We hiked it 10/20/18, No snow sunny beautiful clear day. Fall colors were starting to die off but that didn’t change the view at the top. Great hike and view for short distance.

One of our favourite hikes we've done! The drive up through the trees in fall was fun and while it takes a little time, well worth the effort as you get some impressive views on the way up.
The hike itself was relatively short for an AMAZING reward. We saw Rainier, St Helens, Baker, Olympics and Adams all in 360 panorama. You get a perfect view of the Rainier glacier, without a ton of people around.

One my favorite hikes to take my dog on! The view on the top was amazing! Wonderful view of all the mountains!

Good hike. Great views once you get to the last mile or so. You can see Rainier consistently. Mason lake was beautiful with a lot of space to spend time.

An amazing hike, you will feel it in your legs. Lookout still under construction but should be done in a few more days.

Loved it .

amazing hike and amazing views!!!!! the weather was perfect, saw 3 mountains. very bumpy road but totally worth it!

Such a beautiful hike- I give it a 4.8. It was harder than moderate and the road in was indeed bumpy but the reward was worth it.

Really an excellent hike, couldn't be happier. The views of the valley and the lake were amazing. Going in late September means all the leaves had turned colors but hadn't fallen off yet. And my dog had a blast playing around the lake. The hike was a solid moderate. It had only a small handful of switchbacks, The slope was pretty consistent - the first half was easy and the second half got pretty steep. It's a good workout, but I saw a handful of kids and a chihuahua climb this, so it wasn't THAT hard. Trail was well maintained and there weren't a ton of people. Took about 4 hours including stops for photos and eating lunch at the lake. Highly recommended! And don't forget to check for the right kind of pass!

Really beautiful hike. Went on a partly sunny day and you could see Rainer for a lot of the way up. The fall foliage was beautiful. I’d rate this as a harder moderate hike. Pretty consistent grade on the way up.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. The trail is consistent in regards to the slope and condition. The trail had maintenance done recently, clearing out the trenches for water etc. The lookout tower on top is still Under construction. The stairs are not yet secured in place. You can start seeing Rainer around mile 2 and then once you get to the top the view of Rainer is amazing. There is also a few camping spots on top along with a bathroom. Goin up isn’t too tough and the way down is pretty quick since the trail is in good condition.

Great hike that was definitely a work out (average fitness). Some pretty steep gains until you break through the trees and enter into the boulder fields. The trail was really easy to follow and the fall colors have already started to come in. I went on a Sunday morning and the parking lot was already full but I didn't feel like the trail was too busy. I decided to go the extra half mile up to Bandera Summit and it was pretty steep, but there were a lot of steps and rocks that climbing up wasn't too difficult going up or down. I am still glad I had my poles though, they helped a ton.. Just pace yourself. It was a pretty cloudy day so I wasn't able to see all around, but all in all, great views either way and a great work out.

Amazing trail. Amazing view. Amazing weather. And amazing company. Couldnt have been better.

The drive up is quite bumpy so be prepared to take your time. When we started the trail the weather was beautiful, blue skies with a few clouds. When we got to the top, clouds had completely covered anything that would have been a view. Very unfortunate, but will be trying again on a later date.

You can add four miles to hike and start at the bottom where the road is closed. Don’t waste your time. Most is through burned area. Much better options around.

hiking
2 months ago

I loved this hike. I literally gasped at the top. It was a beautiful view of the mountain! My 10 yr old and lil pups did great. Long bumpy road getting to the trailhead, but definitely worth the drive.

love love love this app. definitely my go to. thanks reviewers that take the time to update trail conditions and tips.

We found a ‘grove’ of huckleberries at the lake! The hike was beautiful, especially the boulder fields. The spur to the ridge was challenging and fun with an amazing view.

The drive is BUMPAYYY! I made it to the top with my Prius but it wasn't easy. It's about 8 miles from the main road and it took about half an hour.

The hike itself is short and sweet. We saw basically no one but lots of wild flowers and a glimpse of Rainier. I have a feeling if it were a clear day it would be outstanding. I love these narrow slightly overgrown paths.

I came with my boyfriend and puppy. We are in very good shape and it took us about 2 hours there and back.

18 year old girl, training for backpacking trip. Good uphill practice, tiring but not exhausting. Not tons of people (on a Sunday morning) which was nice, and there was some pleasant scenery changes after the long uphill stretch through the forest. Lake at top was beautiful, my friend swam and said it wasn’t too cold.

Rocks, dirt, and dust. While dogs are required to be on leash, many of the 'my dog is well behaved' folks ignored this. Parking was not an issue, even at a 1045AM arrival time. Unsure why this hike is rated 'hard' and the 'Ira spring' trail is rated 'moderate' when they are the exact same? 1.5hrs up and 1.0hrs back down makes for a quick trip.

beautiful mason lake makes the hike and elevation gain worth it. took my dog and we both went for a swim in mason lake. gorgeous views all along the way. saw lots of fellow hikers along the way.

2018/08/04 Saturday (Hiking Date). One of the best hikes. Though it is little long hike for me, I enjoyed it fully because of view points on the way. Trail is wide and good. The lake at the end is nice and easily accessible for swimming. Small parking area. I would go there again.

We loved this hike! The Ira Spring trail is fairly steep and provides a good work out, with some interesting exposed sections periodically up switchbacks and then amidst boulder fields toward the summit. Views are incredible on a cloudy day. We went up and over to the Mason Lake trail on the other side of the peak and enjoyed a nice break at the lake, enjoying the serene water and quiet before making our way up and back down the front side.

Gobblers Knob - Facts.
Get there early, the line to get into the park can take hours, I would assume at around 10:30 - 11ish and you're waiting like everyone else. We parked the car at the beginning of the trail at 7:30AM, plenty of parking spaces.

The hike is not that difficult , switch backs for about 4.1 miles to Lake George trail entrance. Be aware, you can miss it. If you make it to the Marine Memorial you gone to far. Turn around and look for the log mountain bike rack, there's a small entrance where the trail to Lake George starts.

It's somewhat steep some places, but not that difficult. Once at the lake, it's another 1.5 miles to Gobblers Knob, and it's steep.

If you can muster 15 min miles up it's not a bad hike at all. The return is all downhill. Something we welcomed since it was our first hike, and we turned the 11 mile round trip into a 15 mile adventure.

Did encounter too much wild life, outside of birds, squirrels, small snake. All-in-all was a great hike with great views.

get an early start on the trail...afternoon will make it harder to complete the hike.

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