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Yes! Yes! You haven't seen it all, unless you have seen this trail. I took my kids when they were 3&5 and they did great. Highly Recommended. A favorite.

Amazing hike with lots of wildlife and great panoramic views at the top.

A fun and quick little trail with plenty to see along the way. Starting at Lake Crescent, you pass through a small tunnel and into a mossy forest. It’s a straightforward walk to the falls with not much climbing at all. Perfect for all ages. We went in early July and the level of Mosquitos was border line unbearable. We found this was the case in most of the hikes we did so take bug spray! You will pass by a few bridges that cross over some creeks that are great for pictures. And finally once at the falls, make sure you climb up to the second platform for a better view. The falls themselves are not the greatest sight on earth but the trail makes it worth the easy venture.

A beautiful hike. Easily one of the most spectacular sights in the Pacific Northwest. The road to Cape Flattery is a little long being that it's long and full of curves. Once at the trail head, it's an easy hike down to the end. There are three lookout points including the one towards Tatoosh Island and the Lighthouse so make sure not to miss them. We went in early July and the weather was perfect. We were especially lucky to see whales swimming out in the water along with Bald Eagles, Sea Lions, Oyster Catchers and a few Banana Slugs. I highly recommend this venture as it showcases the beauty of the Pacific NW.

hiking
2 days ago

I’ve only hiked a portion of this trail but this forest needs to be seen to be believed. So much natural beauty. I hope to go back someday to see more.

You will love the view

Awesome hike with great views of the mountains and wildlife. Saw lots of deer, a bear family with mom and three cubs, a marmot. Can be windy and chilly when the sun is covered. Fairly easy hike.

beautiful...not too crowded, easy hike

i don't say its hike but its walking to the good view point. but at the end its really awesome.

Easy simple hike with beautiful views.

I did 20 miles of this trail last summer. It was rugged terrain with elevation and many challenges for a first time hiker. The scenery was breathtaking. We woke up one morning at dawn to a deer grazing 5ft from our tent. One she left, we were visited by a coyote. I'm hoping to go back so that we can hike the glacier.

The hike itself isn't very long but the elevation gain makes it feel LONG. This hike was incredible if you don't mind a challenge, with stunning views almost the entire time. lots of mountain goats and chipmunks. bug spray and good hiking shoes will make it that much better!

Trail is closed July 11-18, July 25-August 1, August 8-15, August 22-29! Happy adventuring :)

Well worth the effort. Thank goodness for the ropes.

Make sure you go on a nice day. Too tough a hike without the payoff. Thought the morning clouds would burn off, but only got worse. Could only see about 50 ft in front on me the whole time, no view fro the top or anywhere else. Only made it from the lower lot to the snow, still 6mi/2300ft RT. It is mid-July dang it, snow should be gone, clouds lifted! We'll be back!

It's a gorgeous, well maintained trail. the lower 2/3 of the trail starts with relatively easy but gradual elevation gain. Once you hit the upper trail, and especially the "Summer Trail", it turns into a quadriceps burner for sure. The summit is 100% worth the pain of getting there however.
One thing to be aware of: Lots of loose gravel on steep steps along the summer trail portion... watch your footing (especially if it's wet). I plan on hitting it again soon.

We got to the parking lot at 5:30 and it took us about 1 hour 15 minutes round trip. Late afternoon was a good time to visit - not crowded and the setting sun creates some beautiful views along the trail.

You may want some bug spray. The mosquitoes were not bad but there were some flying about. A little citronella insurance policy might serve you well.

The falls are pretty and you can get quite close. The two foot bridges are picturesque, particularly the narrow one made from logs.

Easy walking until you get to the bridges, then there is a short climb to the falls. I would suggest going left on the loop and coming back down time same way. The lower falls view is superior to the upper view and the path is easier.

Definitely worth the time.

We were so lucky today! Got there later than we wanted but visibility was excellent! Great trail over all! Besides all the peaks, we also saw a bear down in valley, many deer close to trail and a screaming marmot! There is a slow down because of construction and trail is closed every other week.

Great for children!

A most excellent hike today.

The trail is well maintained and there is a lot to see. Deer and marmots were sighted along the trail at a number of points.

There were times when the cloud cover was heavy but it was countered by some great vistas.

Suggestions:
1. Wear layers. The temperature can vary during the hike. It was 48°F when we started.
2. Watch for baby marmots - they pop up by their parents from time to time!
3. There's a lot of Flora to observe on the way, including wild sage - it smells great!

Enjoy!

hiked April 21st 2018. superb climb. took an hour and forty five minutes to climb from the bottom of the avalanche chute. five minutes to get back down.

Great hike, definitely not difficult. There weren’t any mountain goats though so that was a bummer. Small snow chute near the top but no traction equipment required. Be careful on the way down though.

Awful visibility today; maybe 30ft. The mountains and valley were 100% hidden from sight. Everything was completely veiled in fog, which is apparently very typical weather pattern for this time of year, or so I was told by a ranger.

Important to note: The trail is generally closed for repairs / renovation through early Aug but is open for a few days every other week. Be sure to check the website for the latest updates or have a backup hike in mind.

Trailhead parking is closed but you can park at Picnic Area B and walk an easy trail which runs parallel the last 1/4 mile of road. Trail conditions were fine other than the visibility issue.

Bring gloves for the ropes!!! You will thank me later ;)

hiking
10 days ago

Just don’t forget your gloves! poles can also be helpful on the way back reducing the stress on your knees, enjoy the view!

beautiful quick hike, but VERY CROWDED.

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike, such amazing views and saw some wildlife along the way

Lovely mix of terrain. Mostly flat trail hugging the river. Great views. Mossy trees. Alleged black bear sightings, which we luckily avoided.

hiking
12 days ago

The views were spectacular! We took our daughter also Eleanor (spelled different) she’s almost 5 months old she did so good and loved it. Made for some great family photos.

great views.

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