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A great trail but there is a lot of smoke from the BC fires currently obscuring the views. I'd recommend starting early if you decide to take on this hike with the smoke. The air is quite heavy / thick esp for the first mile plus. It seemed to clear a bit as we climbed and there was a breeze that picked up after about a mile and a half.

I think they are under calling the length of this hike. We reached the split in the trail at just over 2.0 miles when the details here show it at about 1.6 miles. A few other people noted the trail clocks in around 7.9 miles or so roundtrip.

We bailed due to the weather / smoke and ended up with 6.3 miles roundtrip and we had another 0.7 or 0.8 miles to get to the Yellow Aster Butte summit.

I'd try this hike again when the weather is a bit better.

A great trail but there is a lot of smoke from the BC fires currently obscuring the views. I'd recommend starting early if you decide to take on this hike with the smoke. The air is quite heavy / thick esp for the first mile plus. It seemed to clear a bit as we climbed and there was a breeze that picked up after about a mile and a half.

I think they are under calling the length of this hike. We reached the split in the trail at just over 2.0 miles when the details here show it at about 1.6 miles. A few other people noted the trail clocks in around 7.9 miles or so roundtrip.

We bailed due to the weather / smoke and ended up with 6.3 miles roundtrip and we had another 0.7 or 0.8 miles to get to the Yellow Aster Butte summit.

I'd try this hike again when the weather is a bit better.

2 days ago

Beautiful!! Great hike, pretty views after the meadow. Seemed a lot longer then the posted mileage.

Started hike around 11am, still a bit hazy from the regional wildfires, but overall good visibility. If you havent hiked in a while be patient with yourself and the trail, there are some decent elevation gains. Once you reach the split, stay left to continue on the YAB.

Even with the heavy smoke, this is an amazing hike! Super diverse and not very hard at all. Could have stayed in the meadows and the lookout all day long. Will definitely be back in early fall

6 days ago

Amazing view!! Worth to hike again!!

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!

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.

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9 days ago

A very easy day hike, or stay over. It's worth walking over to Lower Curtis Glacier, though it's a bit more difficult and some rock scramble. Swim in the icey Lake on a hot day. Very refreshing.

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

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!

August, 6,2018! Great hike!

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14 days ago

The Skyline Divide trail brought about one of those few "wow" moments in life. A perfect day hike for a bit of a workout and breathtaking views. Read my full trip report at https://www.gatlincreatives.com/blog/skylinedivide and watch the full weekend camping trip!

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15 days ago

Did this hike on Sunday August 5. Beautiful and busy trail. Scenery is outstanding once you get up to the ridge. A little buggy in the afternoon but not terrible. Road in has some holes but generally in good shape.

Beautiful trail, bugs are out to get ya if you camp out on the ridge. Also, service road is about 13 miles long with some decent sized potholes. We saw plenty of Priuses making it up though so the road shouldnt be an issue if you look ahead for them. Beautiful sights made it one of the better backpacking trip I've done here so far. Bring plenty of water. Enjoy!

Wonder hike not to difficult. We did with three kids in about 1.5 hours one way and camped for one night. Found some great cliffs to jump off into really clear water.

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17 days ago

Go early it’s busy. Bring water for dogs not a lot of streams but there is some snow close to the top (beginning of aug)

One of the best hikes ever! Beautiful hike and warm lakes :) Too many bugs though...

amazing hike! No so much bugs and water warm and clear!

the most epic hike I have ever done!!!!

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25 days ago

Did this one yesterday. poor our car! if you are not driving a tall 4 wheel drive that last 40 min of drive would be a roalercoaster with flying stines, dust and it would take more than an hour. there is some camping on that road though, which is amazing.
Trail is beautiful! Most people just go up and do not go though the ridge.
We did go to Chain lakes today and id say views were about same spectacular, but road was really nice, so next time not sure which one would i choose.

Great trail and magnificent views! Lakes, wildflowers, running falls. No wildlife seen, maybe because of the high number of dogs (all off leash). Minimal snowfields left. Canopy cover, mainly, first 1.75 miles-definitely do early in the day. My husband and I both logged 7.9 miles on our devices.

Beautiful hike! Bring your 4 wheel drive. Not your wife’s Chrysler 200. Ha! The climb to the trail head on the pot hole ridden gravel road was a little much for a little car. It can be done because we did it but it was a little scary. Lots of bugs but totally worth it!

Lovely North Cascades hike with killer views. Watch footing crossing Easy Pass creek as some rocks are wobbly. Bring sunscreen as most of the hike is exposed after first mile. Couldn’t linger at the top due to swarming ravenous mosquitoes. Still worth the trek.

July 20, 2018. Road to the Twin lakes trailhead was clear and we were able to get there with a 4x4. No snow on the road but some tricky portions beyond Yellow Aster with large rocks and pot holes. You definitely want a high clearance vehicle, a spotter, and some patience to help navigate these parts. There was snow in the parking and camping area of Twin Lakes so we parked a down the road where it was clear. A couple of recently fallen trees from the winter on the trail but otherwise clear and we'll travelled. Parts of the trail are still covered in snow in the upper portions. Ice axe would be useful on the sloped portions, but we were also able to navigate these slowly and carefully with our trekking poles. The lookout was closed due to structural damage so we couldn't go in but the views are spectacular and worth trip.

did this hike mid week on a cloudy day. Didnt run into too many people on the ascent. Only a bit of snow as you cross the meadows but it was easy enough to find the trail. we arrived at the look out at about 1pm. There were a handful of others at the lookout a bit earlier and left. We had the lookout to ourselves for a good two hours before the next group showed up. It got fairly busy around 3pm with other hikers. On the way back down it was quite foggy and cloudy which made crossing the snowy meadow a little more challenging but since we were retracing our steps from the morning it wasn't too bad.

1 month ago

This trail was rated as moderate which is probably true on other occasions. Today there were several ice fields to traverse which made it difficult especially when descending on the afternoon. I chose to glissade

Took my 7 year old twins to Anderson Lake Friday morning to Saturday. Great trail! Buggy but that’s to be expected. By the time we left Saturday around noon the parking lot was filled! Glad we went Friday. We had Anderson Lake to ourselves and Mt. Baker came out just in time for sunset. It did get frosty at night so still very cold up that high but once the sun touched our camp it was so delightful!

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1 month ago

Great trail, amazing views. Took us 4:30 back and forth with limited stops. the first 2.5 miles are snow free. then you encounter some small snow bridges between mile 2.5 and 3.5.
The last mile is fully covered with snow. I really recommend poles and micro spikes as the hill was really slippery. Lake Ann is fully covered with snow and the views are amazing up there.

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