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lovely hike. no snow yet. lots of little waterfalls. the most gorgeous section is right after the Notch Pass junction. the path comes down beside the river.

hiking
10 days ago

Fantastic. One of my favorites we’ve done so far. It is a harder hike but not impossible. My husband dog and I made it up in less than an hour. Ran into people along the way but not too much. The drive in is rural so download everything beforehand. There’s snow up at the top there still which was great. Beyond amazing views. Fabulous all around.

Follow the written directions to the trailhead. The directions using coordinates on app take you to the wrong place. Great hike, fairly easy. It’d be a great hike on a hot day since most of trail was in shade. The drive up wasn’t too bad, some potholes with partial paved road.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful trail and easy to hike. River was raging this day. The beginning of the trail is not as pretty as the middle and end along the river

This is a beautiful trail, however we only made it 3 miles round trip since our 3-year-old prefers to hike himself, so it was slow going. We knew going into this we wouldn’t complete it, but we were hoping to reach the bridge, but we did not. This trail is marked as kid friendly, but I’m not sure I 100% agree. Maybe for older kids ages 6+. It’s a longer hike for kids, plus the trail has some steep hills on the side.

Overall, it looks like a great hike, I will update my review when I do it without the kids.

I visited this trail on December 24th and it was nice and clear. I went early in the morning and didn’t encounter anyone else. It is very short and paved, more of a sidewalk than a trail. The waterfall itself is pretty, especially for how easy it is to access.

Great experience. Will do again.

This may be my favorite trail in ONP thus far. There is just so much to see....I have done both the Switchback trail and hiked across to Klahane from the Hurricane Ridge Viisitor's Center because switchback was closed. I have to say the former was much preferred. Though more challenging grade-wise, the Switchback trail takes half of the time. I also encountered more widlife; including a substantial herd of goats and their kids going this route. In the summer, the flowers and meadows will take your breath away on the way up. I kept stopping to take in the views! You see the Olympics, Baker, Rainier, down below to Port Angeles and the water....simply incredible. Feeding the whiskey jacks is always fun, as is running the ridgeline. I have never descended completely to the lake, others have warned that unless you plan on camping or start very early not to attempt it.
I have never had too much of an issue with bugs here. Goats were not aggressive, but very aware of our presence and wary. They were lying right on the trail. My last trip up (October 2018): Switchback trail closed, new signage warning of cougar sightings at the top. Socked in by fog with no views. Love love love this area.

This was probably my favorite hike I've ever done! The forest was so whimsical. lots of foliage, mushrooms, waterfalls, and it's easy! don't forget to wear boots and bring an umbrella :)

Great trail. Some water on trail from all of the rain. Right along the river for about half of the trail. 3 beautiful bridges. Very well maintained and not very technical.

Easy hike with great views. Go early - before 8am for least crowds, good light and a run.

Great hike this time of year. Saw no others while on the trail. Got a hint of snow coming through the tall trees for about five minutes, so I am claiming this as first snow hike of the season... lol

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hiking
1 month ago

We parked at the upper lot and went to the falls first. AMAZING! Then we hiked around via Lovers Lane trail. It was a little slippery and wet since it had rained for the week prior. There was also a dusting of snow. The trail was a little over 6 miles.

backpacking
1 month ago

We hiked in and spent the night. Two days wasn't enough though. You need at least three to fully experience this one. Especially if you're coming from Seattle and have to drive 3+ hours to get there. The forest is dense with vegetation, mushrooms, and towering trees. The river glistens with light that filters through the valley. The trail got a bit muddy are second day when the rains returned.

backpacking
1 month ago

Spent 4 days backpacking here with a student group. Being from South Carolina, this hike was insane. It is even harder with a pack. I have never seen views and been in altitudes like this hike before doing it! What a great trail. Tough part towards the top as someone from a flat area, but worth the slow and steady climb. Still can’t believe this is just a day hike for some folk...

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail with beautiful scenery. A bit crowded but if you keep going it thins out. Still enough room to explore.

hiking
1 month ago

10/13 (late entry). Beautiful hike. Did day hike in and out. Many were camped at the lower lake. A person was fishing lower Royal.

Would love to do this trail, but spent two hours unable to find. Followed the road up to FS27 to FS260 as directed, road does not end. Only found trailheads to mt Townsend

Hiked on 11/18/18 and didn't make it to the summit. There was a little too much ice on the trail for my comfort, even with spikes. Still a gorgeous hike though, especially along the ridge! There'll probably be snow up here come next weekend so come prepared with spikes at the very least. I did this trail earlier this summer and the snow probably won't clear until late June/early July.

Easy, pretty well maintained hiking trail. I went with my 60+ year old parents (who are relatively healthy but certainly not big adventurers) and they were okay. Overall an enjoyable experience

2 months ago

Incredibly simple trail down to a beautiful waterfall. A bit crowded due to the ease, but would still highly recommend because the waterfall it’s an atypical one.

hiking
2 months ago

We didn’t go all the way to the lake based on feedback from various other hikers that it wasn’t worth the trek down but we hiked the full ridge and quite enjoyed it. Very quiet hike with a couple marmot sightings.

on Madison Falls Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Super short and easy, but very pretty waterfall with a little area to relax and enjoy the view after we did some more strenuous hikes in the morning.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely, well maintained trail easy enough for all levels including beginners. It follows a river. If the lovely couple who graciously loaned me her shoes and his socks because I left my boots at home see this, please contact me so I can return your things. You took down my number but would not give me yours. You live in the Olalla area. I am an honest person and want to return your boots and socks.

horseback riding
2 months ago

Very beautiful trail, well maintained and georgeous terrain.
With horses would not recomend crossing 2nd bridge due too slippery. But its just a short hike from there to the river. Nice leisurley horse back ride.

This is a great trail to just take in views of the surrounding areas. Although there were definitely others when we went around mid morning on a Sunday, it didn’t really feel too crowded. You are definitely climbing a little but there is nothing too steep. The path is wide and even, which makes it easier. The views of the surrounding mountains and of the water are spectacular. You have many opportunities along the trail to see so many beautiful things. Would definitely do this again and definitely do it mid morning or earlier since it looked like it got cloudier as the day progressed.

Nice easy stroll. Beautiful scenery. We were short on time as it was getting dark but you could easily make this trail longer by following other trails or connecting.

Nice easy trail. Loved the waterfall. Seeing it up close lets your really feel the magnitude of it.

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