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Super easy, good for kids. Amazing views

hiking
18 hours ago

Simple hike on a paved paths. As of 08/13/2018 the area is very smokey and you won’t be able to see many mountains.

hiking
22 hours ago

Evening hike up for epic wildflowers & eerie wildfire haze sunset- but remote wilderness summit experience completely ruined by fellow hikers using a drone circling summit ridge for over 30 minutes.
Inconsiderate of fellow trail users.
Don’t be a drone. Keep drones out of others wilderness experience.

hiking
22 hours ago

My wife and I went up for a quick sunset hike got to the top and someone was flying a drone. It totally ruin are experience. Show some respect people !

hiking
1 day ago

This was my 2nd time making this loop, and it didn’t disappoint. We had cloud cover for most of the hike, which helped with potential heat. The smoke hadn’t rolled in yet so we had great views. Clean, well-marked trail, lots of off-shoots for fun views, and a great pay-off at the end. Make sure you look back to the range off the other side, and also take a left and scramble out the point for spectacular full views off the summit.

hiking
2 days ago

Really nice hike and beautiful views.Easy.

hiking
2 days ago

Nice hike with a beautiful pay off.

Phenomenal views...great climb but not overly strenuous...surrounded by mountains with different views along the way. Lake views and waterfalls too. 4 hr trip including a lunch break...cool at the top...long sleeve or a light jacket recommended. $5 fee if you want to park at the trailhead.

hiking
4 days ago

Awesome trail

Beautiful, fun but HARD hike

Fun hike! Brought my puppy! Unfortunately people need to pack out there dogs poo. No garbage which was nice. Lots of beautiful butterflies and flowers. Not much shade so hiking on an almost 90 degree day was a lil more challenging. I definitely would do this hike again.

hiking
7 days ago

Started at 2 pm in 90+ degree heat. No snow. We hiked counterclockwise and enjoyed the anticipation and continually bettering views. Blew me outta the water. Only complaint were all the horseflies.

hiking
8 days ago

Absolutely stunning . Trails can feel very narrow in the moments of high traffic but as long as everyone is respectful and responsible this trail is a breeze

Hiked this beautiful loop on June 18th and it was stunning, very snow covered, and easy to potentially lose the trail at times. Didnt need/use crampons but if you have them I would recommend bringing them. Saw a porquipine who was not shy at all!

Did this hike on 7/29/18. definitely need hiking poles for this one. The views from this trail are absolutely breathtaking. It does live up to the hype; however, I found certain sections of this trail rather difficult. It gets very narrow with steep inclines/declines and loose rocks, with nothing but deep valley right next to the trail. I did this for my second ever hike, so my experience level might have something to do with it. we went counter clockwise and the incline was very gradual. Encountered some snow, bugs were buzzing in my ear pretty much the whole time outside of the Forrest area, and some hikers reported seeing a black bear not too far off the trail. With generous breaks for taking pictures, flying a drone, and eating/resting, we completed the loop in 6h30m. Lot was pretty full when we got there at 11am. Absolutely gorgeous views, and definitely very glad to have done it!

amazing hike and my little Chevy sonic hatchback made it up the forest road at 5 mph.

Hiked this on Sunday, had super pretty views but also had a lot of people up there

July 28, 2018: The worst part of this trail on a sweltering July day is the exposed, steep mountainside of the last ~1,000 feet of elevation gain but it's inundated with wildfowers and butterflies so it's not all bad. The forest up til then is not crazy steep for the most part, and quite gorgeous to note. This is a rather uneventful hike, no obstacles or anything crazy to traverse.
Snow free. Bug spray is a must or they'll carry you off!

hiking
16 days ago

For the level of effort this is an easy hike with great views of Baker and nearby areas. Plenty of insects along the way so bring plenty of bug’s spray. No need for crampons as the snow is easily passable.

Went last night and had a blast great walk

Nice hike with some climbing not too steep. Beautiful views of lake and surrounding mountains.

Incredible hike! Would definitely recommend clockwise, it is steeper uphill but you get there faster. Beautiful views on both sides.

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike. If you have bad knees I recommend going the steep way first so that you have a gentle grade to go down, your knees will thank you! A lot of people wished they had done it that way. This is considered the Clockwise direction- when you get to trailhead go left. Wildflowers were blooming but should be peaking the first week of August. No snow on the trail in July 21,!but lots of snow to play in over the pass. Great way to see the Cascades with your pooch :)

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike! Views were incredible! Just be prepared for mosquitos and flies at the top....lots of them!

Hiked clockwise starting at 0830. Steep on the way up, but interspersed with enough vistas that you can’t help but stop regularly. It took about two hours up, totalled four and a half following a lunch stop. As others have said, a lot of mosquitoes and black flies up there (including when stopping along the ridge) but spray mostly did the trick. We also saw a couple of marmots on the way down. Snow fields seem to have receded in the last few days, there’s still a couple of short (couple of metre) patches crossing the trail but good shoes should be enough.

hiking
22 days ago

Incredible views all the way around.

My dogs and I ascended the trail in a clockwise fashion and it was definitely worth it. I hate lengthy inclines, but the views on the way up the south ridge just kept getting more spectacular and really helped me forget about the countless switchbacks I was ascending. I actually backpacked to a nearby lake (not an official trail) for the night, so it took me about 2 hours to reach the highest point of the loop with all my gear.

Bugs were not an issue if stops were limited to less than 30 minutes, longer near the top.

A somewhat fit dayhiker can reasonably complete this in maybe 4 hours with a lighter pack than mine.

If you're in the area, go! Walk around the path and take in the amazing views of Mt. Shuksan over the lake.

on Thunder Knob Trail

hiking
22 days ago

Nice hike and views but road noise from Hwy. 20 on much of the trail.

hiking
23 days ago

2018-07-21, Saturday, arrived Maple Pass trailhead at 10:30am, very few parking spots left. Hiked counterclockwise, easy up, difficult down. The view is absolutely beautiful, on the trail and especially on the top. Wildflowers started blooming, will be fully bloomed in 1 or 2 weeks. A few packed snow but no problems to pass in normal hiking shoes. We spent a lot of time to enjoy the view and took photos. It was almost 6pm when we went back to parking. Last 2 miles trail was very hard.
Definitely bring poles to help and prepare for the aggressive mosquitos.
My iPhone shows the total length 8 miles (13km).

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