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hiking
13 hours ago

One of the best hikes I’ve been on. The view at the very top was definitely worth the climb. The hike was mostly uphill the whole way with ropes to help you climb the steep edges of the mountain near the top. Coming down from the hike was tough in running shoes due to the steepness and loose ground. We were the only group at the top so got to enjoy the scenic view to ourselves. Would definitely recommend!

Did this on an early Sunday morning and were the only ones out there at first. Fully shaded and pretty much straight up the entire way up. as many have said the summit itself has a nice clearing but the view itself is obscured by trees. We continued down a spur trail at the summit that lead us over a ridge and then another landing with a great view of the Olympics. It took us about an hour to get up to the summit then another 15 min to walk over the ridge on the spur trail.

Other reviewers have mentioned not to use Google maps to get there - something must have changed because we had no problems with Google maps getting us to the trailhead (no sketchy, poorly maintained service roads as others suggested).

The view at the top is stunning! I would say this hike is more moderate than hard. I’m in decent shape. The last bit is steep but just when you think it’s too steep it will even out to give you a little break. It’s definitely longer than 7.7 miles especially if you want to walk around the lake and see it from all the points which I highly recommend. Definitely go to the rocky part where aasgard pass starts. Totally worth it! Get there early because it was super crowded coming up when we were coming back down around 12 and it is a lot cooler going up in the morning. We didn’t have a problem with bugs at all.

hiking
2 days ago

This is one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever been on. I would say it is more moderate than hard, the length isn’t too bad and it’s pretty gradual with a few steep points. The top is stunning views all around, the water is unbelievable. The water wasn’t as cold as I expected, so jump in! Make sure not to separate from your group at the top though because there are a ton of small side trails along the lake and they are very disorienting and our group and lots of others lost each other briefly. Also it is recommended to not pee on the trail due to the goats so there is a little toilet perched on the trail at the top for going to the bathroom- amazing view from it too! Recommend stopping in Leavenworth for a sausage after :)

hiking
2 days ago

I went here for a day hike on 8/11/18. My friend and I drove from Seattle starting at 5:30 AM and made it up to the parking lot by 8:30 AM. We didn’t even get to park in the parking lot because it was so crowded. A lot of people started to create their own parking spots later in the day, and boxed other cars in. So, I am totally happy that I didn’t park in the lot!! I just parked on the side of the road-I would recommend this. My friend and I are in fairly good shape as we both play soccer and run 3-4 times a week, so we made it up in 2 hours and 15 minutes. This included breaks and picture taking. The last 30-40 min of the hike are a bunch of rocky switch backs, and that part of the trail I would consider “hard”. Every other part of the trail is moderate. We sat by the lake for 45-60 min and ate lunch sitting next to the super turquoise lake. It was a beauuuuutiful day. It reached a high of about 75ish, but the trail is well shaded and we both hiked in shorts and a T-shirt. The only super exposed part of the hike is when you get to rest at Colchuck, but even then you can find a spot to rest in the shade! As for footwear, we are lucky enough to have nice hiking shoes and our feet were totally fine on the rocky terrain. The trail is doable with tennis shoes...I just wouldn’t recommend it since it’s a long hike (4 hours for us total). There were 0 bugs out, and I think we were really lucky about this as I heard this trail could get buggy. I will definitely do it again.

Great hike. Went 8/11 got to the trail at about 6:30am made it to the lake in 2.5 hours. Had no issues with bugs. Trail was well kept up. Moments of steepish climbs then flat then climbs then flats which made the hike rather enjoyable. I personally would not rate this hard more like a high moderate. If you have done MAILBOX before this hike this will be a breeze. Lake is beautiful. GET THERE EARLY. Crowds show up in the afternoons.

trail running
3 days ago

love this easy run!

hiking
3 days ago

Wow! That was up there with one of the scariest things I have ever done, this hike is not for the faint hearted but the views were spectacular! I only gave it four stars purely because of how scary some of the rope climbs were.

Awesome hike! It was challenging in my opinion and I would reccomend bug spray for sure. The flies were relentless. Took our group around 3 hours up and 1 hour 45 minutes down. The view at the top was AMAZING and very worth it. We took a rewarding swim as well, water was around 40-50 degrees. BEAUTIFUL water and mountainous terrain!

This is a fun hike and if you want a nice view of Lake Crescent and, further in the distance, Canada then definitely do it. I hiked it in a group of 7 people with a few that don’t hike too often and we stayed together just fine. Trail is extremely well maintained but is easy to get to so be prepared to be sharing your spot at the top with a couple other people (not a lot, but probably atleast 2 or 3). Took us about 1.5 hours to get up, stopped for half and hour at the top for lunch and to take in the view, and got down in a little over 45 minutes. Again, the trail is really well maintained so if you like going down hill jogging/running this is a good trail for it as visibility is completely clear and there was nothing blocking the trail at any point.
As many others suggested here, if you want a nice cool down after getting to the bottom, if you turn left instead of right to head back towards the lake you can meander over to the waterfall which is a completely flat “trail” with a couple nice bridges.
Overall would recommend. Not an astounding view but it was beautiful and made for a good morning. Kids could probably do it if they are used to hiking but it is a lot of switchbacks so they might tire out easy, especially in the heat.

beautiful hike, dont think it's a hard hike but definitely challenging. beautiful views, saw mountain goats!

Absolutely stunning views! The hike is challenging but not overly difficult, and well worth the effort. The black flies were a bit of a nuisance, but we forgot our bug spray. Bring your swimsuit for a rewarding swim in the lake!

7 days ago

This is awesome trail with excellent view. I agree with all the post that last portion with rope helps on step slippery slop but it's not that difficult. while coming down it was easier i position as if I am going up it helped.
View of lake and mountains was gorgeous, I did first thing in the morning as sun was coming up it lighten up the view.
I would definitely recommend this trail and would do it aging.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful hike! It was definitely a workout for me and my group, and we’re in pretty good shape. The view at the end of the hike made it sooo worth it. It’s unreal. Took us about 5 hours there and back. I absolutely recommend this hike!!

backpacking
12 days ago

Had an awesome two day trip at Colchuck Lake. It was real hot so definitely bring lots of water. Personally, I would rate the hike as moderate to hard. The worst part of the trip was the bugs, the biting flies were relentless! Applied bug spray non stop and it barely stopped them, but it was so worth it. You need to go swimming, as the water is so beautiful and refreshing. We did see a small black bear in the distance on the way out, around a mile from the trail head. Enjoy!!

Not an easy hike, but the end result is 100% worth it. Go prepared to swim at the top, you’re missing out if you don’t!

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike. Challenging yet fun. The earlier you start the better the trail gets busy and the cooler morning weather helps as well. Bring lots of water and bug spray helps!

Beautiful hike. Lots of traffic on rocky but well maintained trail. Lake at the end is breathtaking with the mountains around it. I heard people jumping in but it is cold! Worse part is drive on forest road that needs some maintenance.

hiking
15 days ago

Extremely hard hike but so worth it!!!

hiking
18 days ago

We hiked Mount Storm King while on vacation in Washington last week. We are new to hiking but are in good shape and we made it to the top. While extremely challenging physically we did not find it technically hard. It was an awesome trail and we would do it all over again for the AMAZING views!

This hike is rated hard. I thinks it’s moderate to hard. I’m not perfectly in shape but I’ve also lost weight and have been hiking a lot lately. So with that being said. There are areas where it can be hard. But then there are areas where it’s not. Once you cross the first main bridge there are a couple switchbacks that were hard for me. But then there are areas that it’s not that bad. The climb up is pretty good and pretty. Some of the trees were dead or dying so it wasn’t as green as some of the hikes I’ve been on. But the clear blue lake at the end with the mountains and the left over snow is so gorgeous and worth it. Bugs were bad but I sprayed tons of bug spray on to the point that my skin was glistening. We went at 6:30 and it wasn’t crowded but coming down we had to stop and step over a lot to let others up. So coming down took longer than what we were expecting.

hiking
21 days ago

This was my first experience with the Alpine Lakes wilderness and it did not disappoint - this area is stunning! The map is correct, but the distance definitely is not depending on where you go when you get to the lake. There are a lot of campsites near the lake and a lot of spidering trails, so it’s easy to get turned around and it took us a little bit to find the trail back down after hiking to the far side of the lake from where the trail initially approaches. The AllTrails offline maps and GPS definitely helped here, and I would strongly recommend it. We would have found our way out eventually, but it was a huge help and saved a ton of time. Be smart! And don’t separate from group members - my wife and I helped each other immensely when looking for the correct trail.

hiking
21 days ago

This was an amazing trail...but the end was a bit scary! Thank goodness we ran into Mira and Ben at the top, since they talked us through the ropes on the way down. We couldn’t have done it without these amazing hikers. If you are adventurous, and experienced, this hike is for you. If not, proceed with caution, It’s a tough one!

hiking
21 days ago

Awesome hike with a great view. To get to the viewpoint that everyone takes pictures its not bad at all - the ropes helped in a lot of the slippery/steep places.

The trail to the true summit however should be approached with a lot of caution (after the rope area if you go right instead of left to the viewpoint). There is a small amount of rope assisting the climb and a chain at the very top that helps you get up. However a large portion of the rope (which was really like thick para cord) near the top of the summit has snapped off, leaving a lot of the most sketchy part exposed. I would say that its class 3 - 4 climbing at the very top so do not attempt it unless you feel very comfortable climbing up/down that. I uploaded a photo of the last part of the trail up to the summit;

hiking
22 days ago

Extraordinary hike! It is challenging -- especially the final ascent to the lake. The views at the lake are stunning! Take lots of water. Take lunch. Bring friends and ENJOY! The trail is longer than 7.7 miles, though. We tracked it closer to 9 miles. And, with another near mile added on because we had to park far away from the trailhead, it made for about a 10 mile total round trip. Excellent way to spend the day!!

I agree to some that it's not all that bad, we only took a couple breaks and were in decent shape. Took us an 1.5 hours to get up and 1 hour to get down. Very well maintained trial except when you pass the sign when it stops. The ropes were pretty scary, just cause one slip you can go over the edge and the ropes are skinny. Some people said bring gloves which we didnt..but BRING GLOVES.
Great views but would I do it again? Probably not, there's other great hikes with great views without climbing ropes by the edge and possibly dying.

Challenging and fun. Worth the steps to the lake. Then not the Asgarde Pass

hiking
23 days ago

Although the alltrails says this hike is hard, it really isn't that bad. There is a well maintained trail most of the way up. the last leg of the trail to the peak lookout is a sections of loose dirt/rock with ropes you have to partially pull yourself up with. The view at the top is beautiful. You get a full view of lake Cresent in front and behind is you is the mountains.

steady climb up, great work out for your quads! Go on a clear day and you will see Vancouver Island, the Strait of Juan De Fuca and of course all of Lake Crescent. If you want to get all the way to top safely wear shoes with very good traction. The 5 rope assists on the last few hundred feet of trail were also huge help on a very slippery and steep terrain.

Awesome park. Easy for everyone. Good for picnic, kayaking, walking, biking, etc. with Mt. Rainier view, water is so clear and its just beautiful well maintained trails.

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