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really nice hike easy and friendly for dog, 2.5hours

Great workout as its mostly uphill. Helps to bring walking stick for the up and downhill. Amazing view at the top. But lots of flies and mosquitoes. Recommend bug spray or wear long sleeves to cover.

Great walk, we have done this many times. We even did a vlog of our walk. Check it out on our channel J&M Jaunts on YouTube.

Amazing hike, do it every year, it is busy on weekends and I recommend visiting second peak as first peak is usually full

Perfect on nice hot day light hike with few very nice swim sports...

amazing views. top end of moderate but not too long. great experience sitting in top of what is basically a massive bolder.

Yes I recorded about 8.2 (round trip) miles from the parking lot .

Amazing view, and great workout! but bring bug spray and lots of water.

Tough but awesome hike. Bring lots of water.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful lake. The trail was well maintained and not crowded at all. Took around 2.5 hours total to go around the whole lake. Mostly shaded which is nice on a hot sunny day. Didn't feel like a real hike though since there wasn't a viewpoint at the end, it was more of an exercise/walking trail. Perfect trail for dogs.

Hard hike but the view is worth it, just watch your steps when walking on dry dirt, could be very slippery. still little patches of snow when we hiked 2 days ago.

Loved it. Dogs enjoyed it even more - lots of places for them to swim.

Did the grind then this trail. Had difficulty finding the ridge trail after the summit but the summit was beautiful. Great view! On the trail, bugs we're only bad if you stopped. None at the summit.

hiking
11 days ago

Went around 2pm last Tuesday. Couple cars parked but not busy in the trail. Brought my 11yo bro and dog. Bring extra water! Was a really warm day that day and most people stopped and turned after the lookout point. Lots of black flies! Really steep at the top with loose rocks. Enjoyed the hike though! You can go past Elk to Thurston, but it was too hot of a day and we ran out of water so we didn’t.

Did this hike at 9am on the Monday of a long weekend (August 6th) in just under 4 hours. Only saw a few other hikers, no groups of kids blaring music, and jumping in the lake at the end is the perfect finish.

The views are incredible, took us an hour to get to the 3rd peak.

Fantastic hike with amazing views, but be prepared for some seriously steep hiking. The first third of the hike up to First Peak is mostly wooden stairs, and they were the hardest part of the hike for me. Go as early as you can to avoid the crowds.

Beautiful at the top with 360 degree views. Correctly categorized as hard. This hike is definitely longer than the description says, for what it’s worth, my Garmin watch says 14k from the parking lot.

hiking
13 days ago

Moderately difficult hike. Steep with some easy scrambling required near the top. Going up is easier than coming down due to the many loose rocks, especially in the first third of the trail. Took under an hour and half to hike up to top but a little over an hour and half to descend because concentration on foot placement is needed to avoid slipping. Good workout and doesn’t take too long. Started around 8am on a Sunday morning. No one at the top except myself. Quite a few people going up as I was descending but not as many as you would find on the more popular hikes.

Fantastic day hike. Views, challenging rugged trail, plenty of space to avoid the crowds

hiking
16 days ago

This hike will defiently test your cardiovascular system. its steep and rugged terrain of which your constantly gaining elevation. Only 1 good viewpoint which is the lookout. However when I went Vancouver was covered in haze. I did this hike as a prep for golden ears. I would defiently do it again to keep my lungs in check. Took me 2 hrs 20 min up and 1 hr 10 min down.

walking
17 days ago

Beautiful walk, mostly shady. Lot’s of spot for swimming. I recommend to get there fairly early in the day, as the parking is very limited. We had to walk 40 min to actually start the hike

Very demanding at some points as it goes very vertical, but the panorama from the top was great and it has still some snow remains in July!

Steep trail. Great workout and amazing views at the top. Tons of bugs especially horse flies half way through the hike. The hike itself wasn’t too exciting. Trail was easy to follow. Same views of the forest until you get to the very top.

hiking
20 days ago

Great little trail! Got there early to avoid as many people and the heat. Great steady incline and then fairly steep to the top. Didn’t make it to Thurston but definitely will next time.

I love this trail, very good work out and the most amazing and rewarding view when you get to the top. Huge thank you to whoever marked this trail! I like to hike it 2-3 times a week I enjoy it so much!

Great workout, enjoyed the steep portions and was able to run down most of the trail coming back. Didn’t go up to the summit, need good part of a day to do that, hope to go all the way soon.

21 days ago

Strenuous straight up but well worth the views at the top

Wonderful hike. Great variety of scenery.

hiking
26 days ago

Was a good workout but bring bug spray. Great views at the top.

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