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Very doable, very pretty views of the waterfalls!

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked to Cascade Pass the other day with my sister and dad. It was pretty special because my dad originally did the hike in 1968 - and 50 years later, he was able to do it again. It starts out in the forest in switch backs and then opens up to gorgeous views. After having lunch on the pass, we ventured a little further up Sahele Arm, which was definitely challenging in hot weather! Made it to the lake lookout and cooled ourselves by doing snow angels in some leftover patches. I would love to get back here next summer but quite a drive for me for a day hike - might end up being a backpacking trip! Amazing views, amazing hike. One I will remember forever.

Best hike we've ever done! This hike is really hard being its all uphill pretty much the entire way but the views are totally worth it!

hiking
8 days ago

This is a fabulous easy hike, the last little bit before the peak was a bit burley but still a blast. This is one of my favorite hikes so far.

The bugs everyone complaining about? they are everywhere in Washington so wear bug repellent.

PLEASE keep dogs on leash, it's upsetting to get charged by unruly dogs, it concerns me for the wildlife nearby.

The road up is long and crappy but I've seen worse, go slow and use caution the rocks are sharp and I could see a tire getting popped easily.

hiking
10 days ago

I read the reviews before we went and knew ahead of time about the road up. Having an anxious dog who needs to see everything, the ride up was pretty brutal. But, as soon as we got on the trail itself, it was pretty easy going and the views were awesome. I cannot express enough how important it is to leash your dogs though. Even if they are well behaved, you never know what can happen with other approaching dogs/people. It is definitely better to be safe, rather than sorry.

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail. Easy and flat in places, a lot of incline and terrain most places. Middle falls is best view of the falls. Just passed that is a great view of the valley.

hiking
12 days ago

The road is very rocky and there's a lot of huge potholes. It is not advisable if your car is not fit for off-road driving. The view of the cascades and the lakes are amazing. And the fields of wildflowers were beautiful. However, the bugs were insanely ANNOYING! The bugs will constantly swirm around you and the horse fly bites stung.

Went on a very hot Monday afternoon so I was one of the only people on the trail. Certainly beautiful. The different viewpoints are good for families with different skill levels.

Nice moderate trail. Pretty waterfalls. Went to Upper Falls via Woody Trail with Diane.

hiking
20 days ago

If I had a favorite shade of blue, Summit Lake would be it. A nice gentle hike through the woods with lots of shade, leading up to a gorgeous (and freezing!) alpine lake. Take the loop around the lake for an amazing view at the summit overlooking Mt. Rainier and the water below.

We went to the right on the loop, which was a very gradual ascent. We took the other way down, and that was much rockier and steeper, but still doable at a slower pace. The bugs are NO JOKE!

We only saw a handful of other people along the trail and had the lake to ourselves once we made it down to the beach. The trail that leads to the lake will provide an access point to the water, albeit rocky. If you're looking for more of a beach feel, about a quarter of the way to the right on the lake loop, some side trails wind down towards the water. Again, it's a steep climb, so walk carefully!

And for the road: Yikes. It's exceptionally rocky and filled with giant potholes the entire length. We did pop a tire on our Jeep Wrangler, and had a spare, but no jack. Luckily, we were able to drive up onto a rock and balance the weight to change the tire. If you do venture to the trailhead in a vehicle, make sure you had both of those things so you're not stranded! We didn't get cell phone reception until we hit pavement again, so arranging a tow truck is highly unlikely.

Not worth the drive up

Great first BIG hike for my 4 yr old son! I grew up hiking this almost yearly! We LOVE seeing the BIG hikers treaking towards PCT! THIS memory is still a pushing permanent desire that my 8 yr old son and I still hold. THAT day atop that endless vastness, BIG TEARS ROLL DOWN HIS FACE, he Whales "I WANNA KEEP GOING WITH THEM!"I promised to take him back....ALL THE WAY! In the meantime let's see what other hikes you can do buddy❤️

beautiful lake and views from peak above lake. Not worth the access road drive for a 1 hour hike.

The road is just as bad as advertised. Most of it is spent deciding whether to go over the large rocks on one side of the road or through the washed out ruts on the other side. I thought that it probably wouldn't be much worse than the road to Mowich Lake but I was wrong.

The hike itself is fairly enjoyable and the view from the peak overlooking the lake and Mt Rainier is fantastic.

Overall, I probably wouldn't do it again as there are other hikes with just as good of a payoff without the awful road to get to them.

hiking
22 days ago

Cascade Pass Trail was absolutely gorgeous! We started our hike around 4PM and got the trail all to ourselves. The climb is pretty steep, with approximately 35 switchbacks leading through beautiful, dense forest. After the final switchback, the trail levels off and you walk out of the forest into views of high peaks, glaciers, wildflowers, marmots, pikas and mountain goats. Would recommend trekking poles because there are several snow fields that you must cross to get to your final destination. Wonderful hike!

I clocked this hike at 6.25 mi, the view at the top of the falls was really incredible and worth the pain! The inclines are no joke.

Absolutely beautiful.

If you like hiking with the rest of the state, difficulty finding parking and a less than mediocre view point of the waterfall, then Wallace falls is for you. I was highly disappointed by the trail and regret driving the 3 hours to hike it. Was more on the easy-moderate side, my 4 year old had no problem doing it.

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike, not too difficult but not too easy. Trail is well kept, and the views are great on the first half of the hike. A lot of bugs by the lake, as expected this time of the year. Overall a good trail and since it's on the PCT you can always hike further.

hiking
26 days ago

Sunny 51 degrees at 8:45a
Trip start: 8:58a
Reached Lake: 10:00a
Arrived ridge peak via east trail: 10:30a
Duration at peak: 25-30 min
Return via west trail (did loop) to Trailhead by: 12:00p

Drive from Carbon river bridge: Its true, the road is really rough and rocky (all 6.6 miles of it). I don't feel you need a high clearance vehicle (potholes are wide/shallow, and any washout can be driven around.) Though I do recommend a sturdy reliable vehicle. Go slow and maneuver carefully and you'll be fine. Plan about 30-45 min (I took 25 min in my Audi Q5) I even saw the benchmark Prius at the trailhead. lol

Trailhead parking: The main lot area can easily accommodate about 20 cars (if people park respectfully). But many don't and do a double wide park job. Rude. As usual the road to the TH turns then into a single lane for a bit. As was the case at 12:10p.

Trail condition: Really good. No problems.

Looping the Lake: If you plan to loop the lake, take note. Once you reach the perimeter of the lake, you can go left (towards the open field) or go right via the slightly longer scenic route. Going left you will encounter a lot of side trails...just skirt along the lake. Eventually they all converge and form a single rough, rocky, bushy, steep, trail up the west side of the rocky ridge peak. Its definitely quick. Take the Right scenic route and enjoy less of an incline but see a lot more beauty all around. Either way, its a loop.

Toilets: None at Trailhead. Though, before you cross the Carbon river bridge, go a few hundred yards further (there are two toilets there) as it hosts several other trails there. Park Ranger station you would have passed has no public restrooms.

Overall a great morning hike and no bugs. Mt Rainier looked happy.

backpacking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful!! There is a 5 mile rocky road with pot holes just be ware of that. If you take a car it will take you much longer to get to. It took us about 35 minutes in a truck.

The hike itself is not too hard at all. Yes incline but it's fairly quick to the lake. Also millions of Glacier Lilly's to see. We packed in on Sunday which was perfect because others who packed in that weekend were on their way out. We found the best spot thats on a ridge to the right of the lake with a perfect view of the mountain and lake down bellow. The lake is cold and refreshing. Lots of day hikers enjoying the lake too. We convinced a couple that has never been up there to go to the look out at the top, as they were just going to head home after the lake. It may look steep from the lake but it's not super hard and only about 15 minutes to the top at the most. Little snow ridge that is passable up top and the view is incredible!! You won't regret going all the way up!

Bugs. Horse flies at the lake. I had skin so soft that helped keep them at bay but still got bit. Also if you're staying I recommend going to the top to watch the sunset/sunrise but the mosquitoes come out in full force. At least at our camp site we had repellent that had a 15 ft. Radius witch worked well. We had just picked it up from Cabellas.

We did hear some music base while at the lake for about 10 minutes sounded like it was coming from behind the lake. EDM or something like that idk. I love music (at a bar, club or while w/o) but please be mindful that most of us go up there to enjoy the peace and quiet. Use your headphones or at least turn off the base on your player because sound travels easily up there. We also packed out some trash that we saw including a pair of fairly used woman's sandals. Please pack out everything you bring including food scraps. There was a full water bottle in the lake and banana peels, pistachios. Understandably things get over looked or fall out of bags. Do your best and if you can pick stuff up when you see it to help preserve these beautiful places and give the next visitors their best experience!

We will definitely go back. Maybe next time we plan on hiking up bear-mountain trail before heading to the lake. Enjoy!!

on Cascade Pass Trail

backpacking
1 month ago

road closed 3 miles before trailhead, adds quite a bit of elevation gain to the hike. Other than that it was absolutely beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike! Beautiful views of Rainier on a clear day. Plenty of spots to camp along the way up and at the top. The bumpy road to the trailhead is definitely worth it.

Very miss leading. You have to hike Monte Cristo Trail before you even get there. Views were nice once there not so much getting there.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy drive from Seattle, beautiful waterfalls. I opted for the Woody Trail, which is the one most folks describe i think.
In the first mile or so of the trail, you can do a bit of wading if so inclined. As mentioned by others, difficulty does increase with each section of the falls you pass. That said, I did not find the hike particularly challenging. It does involve a fair amount of stairs, as a heads up, but I would encourage folks not to be scared off by that! Slow and steady wins the race. :) (And it's not ALL stairs!)
Also true that there isn't a lot of resting ground around the waterfalls - more of an admire-and-rest elsewhere. There are one or two picnic spots along the way.
Trails are more narrow than some others, thus, the need to allow others to pass - particularly those unfamiliar with trail etiquette.
I opted to continue on to Wallace Lake - the signs make it sound like you're going to end up lost for eternity because the trail isn't thoroughly upkept, but if you follows the markers along the trees closely, it's very easy and a short pass until you get to a loooong stretch (over 2 mi) of flat, gravelly rock road where they appear to do tree harvesting. Pretty boring stretch of the hike aside from some decent valley views. Wallace Lake was a bit disappointing itself - I think I was anticipating a shoreline with big open views of the water, but there wasn't one. To be fair, I didn't go all the way around the Lake, so maybe I missed out? Decided to head back via Greg Ball trail for a change in scenery, which is lovely. There is eventually a cut off down to mile 1 of the Woody Trail if you want to shave off a few extra miles like I did. :)
All in all, I enjoyed the trail and found it easy to hike alone, although would be a fun one with companions as well. The route I took ended up being 10-ish miles.

Great hike! Definitely got a good workout. Will do this hike again.

hiking
1 month ago

Don't believe the reviews, the short forest service road to the trailhead isn't THAT bad. I wouldn't do it in a civic, but if you drive an appropriate vehicle it's definitely not an hour drive. Side note - if you do decide to take it slow, be polite and let other vehicles pass when it's safe to do so

All that being said, what an amazing hike. The snow is just now melting off the Meadows, so in a week or two the wildflowers should be in full bloom.

It was a little busy but not so bad that you didn't get the views to yourself

Some people are hiking with dogs off leash, and while I didn't have a bad experience, it was clear how it could happen. My dogs were on leash and very well behaved, and I'm of the opinion that if your dog isn't, it shouldn't be on the trail. Fortunately all the off leash dogs were well behaved as well. There are two very good reasons to leash your dogs while on the trail 1) you can never trust other people's dogs 2) off leash dogs create unplanned moments in the wilderness that you can't always control. Do yourself and everyone a favor, and unless you're a professional handler, Keep them on leash until you get to the lake and take a break

Most of the trail is relatively easy to hike for beginners. Lots of shade in the canopy that leads to the lower, middle, and upper falls. The lower is a cinch. A little more effort will get you to the middle, and if you are adventurous and committed, hike the additional distance (less than a mile) to the top. This portion of the hike is what makes an otherwise easy trail, moderate. Steep but lots of switchbacks. Decent view of the falls but little room to chill out there. Word of caution: this is a popular trail. Get there early. Also, be prepared for nubes who have no clue about trail etiquette and don’t pay attention to their surroundings. Just give them right of way, up or downhill.

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate trail with steady elevation. Recommend climbing till upper falls if you want to good workout. Views of the waterfall and valleys are great.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike from middle falls to upper falls was pretty steep and the view was not really worth it. Otherwise a nice moderate hike.

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