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3 days 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.

3 days ago

Did this first thing in the morning so it was very quiet and secluded. Informative signage explaining how the rain forest worked and why it was there.

on Ruby Beach

hiking
3 days ago

Amazing scenery right around the corner from the lodge. Hiked (I guess you could call it that since it’s pretty easy relative to 2nd or 3rd beach) once in the dark of night for some astrophotography shots and then again in the morning. Even though we had hazy weather the scenery was fantastic with great reflections off the beach.

decided yesterday was the day for me and dog to climb ellinor, boy was it fun we went winter route in summer a lot of scrambling but worth it

Breathtakingly gorgeous. Very steep climb, but there’s so much to take in, you don’t care. Make sure to take time to stop at the little offshoots/viewpoints. We only saw a few people the whole time.
Can be a bit slippery. Poles would have been helpful, but we managed just fine. Want to come back and do it again.

Did this hike 6 weeks ago from the lower trailhead in a torrential downpour. The hike was good but the visibility at the top was non existent. I must say i am so glad i did it again today (Nov 8th).Left at 8am and there was still fog in the area all the way until i reached the upper trailhead. Then the skies cleared and the weather was as perfect as it could ever be. The views at the top are astounding. I could see Rainier, Adams, Baker to the north and even St Helens. This a tough hike so you better be in shape. Its a steep incline the whole way with very few breaks. Well worth the climb though and i will continue to use it as good training ground for some of the bigger mountains.

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.

Perfect beginners hike (I’m soooo out of shape and it was just enough to get my heart rate up), good for all age groups, GORGEOUS views and deliciously mystical in the rain. If you’re lucky (like we were) you might even see a herd of Roosevelt Elk on your drive in.

hiking
26 days ago

Last 9 miles before trailhead is all gravel with potholes. My sedan made it up fine but had to drive pretty slow. Hike was difficult with poles being a must. No snow seen. Gorgeous views. Could not stay at the top as we stumbled upon a herd of mountain goats that popped up from the side of the mountain and started to quickly follow us down the trail. Other reviews stated they were friendly but to me they did not seem so as they were hot on our trail. Please be cautious and turn back if there are goats in your path! Views are amazing though!

Hiked yesterday. 650ft incline per mile. Seemed steeper. Tough hike but short. Bring poles for the way down if you have tired knees. Amazing views all the way. Saw 4 mountain goats.

This hike was my first introduction to the Olympics - WOW! So much to see all the way to the falls. Easy to extend your hike by taking one of the three trails that start just past the falls, which are far less crowded.

Short, but beautiful hike. Unlike many hikes in the PNW, stunning views for much of the way if clear weather.

pretty much a walk in nature. beautiful trees that drape down and lots of ferns.

Amazing views all around, you could see Mt. Olympus, Rainer, Adams and St. Helens! I'll definitely be going back. Bring trekking poles if you have weak knees.

Fun hike with constant switchbacks. Saw some deer along the way. Moderate to hard level. Great views. Recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail to get the blood flowing. Due to the shortness of the trail, this is a good choice if you want to get your heart rate up and have limited time. Views from the top are great when not obscured by cloud cover.

Continue past the falls on the trail for little to no crowds and absolute serenity in the forest. That was my favorite part; this place is magical.

insanely beautiful with wild orange mushrooms to one serine log cabin off off to the side of the trail. easy peasy

1 month ago

I have hiked this Mt a couple times this summer and love it! it's a good workout for sure and should probably be rated hard.
There is the seasons first snow on the ground once you get out the trees and start climbing the rocks. also it was a windy rainy day up there once you got out of the trees.

Great hike! This trail gets extremely busy. If you want to enjoy the views and hike, leave early. We have done this trail twice.
The first was 9/29/18 with my husband and 3 year old. We started around 930am. We reached the summit around 12, and were back to the parking lot around 2pm. The summit was super crowded but enjoyable. No snow to be found.
Our second outing was 10/6/18. We left the parking lot at 830 with only 4 cars in the lot. This was an adults only trek this time. We hit snow at the start of the boulders. Trail was extremely slippery but easy to follow. Wear appropriate footwear and take poles. Summit was beautiful and quiet without the crowd. Descent was sloppy with melt but manageable. We were back to the overflowing lot by 1pm with a slow and steady pace.
The only issue we ran into on descent was all the unleashed dogs! We had our Vizsla along leashed and had to constantly fend off unleashed dogs that were left to wander on their own and shove past people on the narrow trail. If you take your pup please be considerate of other hikers and dogs. Not all dogs wish to meet yours.

We went with our 5 and 7 year olds in the pouring rain. It was a great length and experience.

walking
1 month ago

Even though I almost got my girlfriend and I killed on the way there and on the way back, it was a great day.
Such a beautiful beach at any time of day in any weather. My girlfriend and our dog are trying to sleep away the traumatic experience of getting lost in the Olympic national forrest on low fuel and no cell reception. Bring a backpack to carry your stuff- I had a lot of stuff to carry. Oh and we saw a beached whale and four older men that looked like my dad except they were smiling- With the New Balance shoes and puffy vest, scarce hair and strange goatee- if you fit this description and you’re feeling down I highly recommend you visit Ruby Beach.

1 month ago

one word.......AMAZING! It combines the beauty of the Oregon coast beaches (large rocks and tons of drift word) and the expanse of sand like the California beaches and of course, the mighty Pacific Ocean in all its glory. Just stunning!!! This is definitely a must do!!!!!

on Ruby Beach

hiking
1 month ago

There is a river adjacent to where the beach access is. The river flows into the sea and stopped many people from continuing N up the beach. A couple of girls rolled up their pants and carried their shoes to cross. Its doable, just not something most people wanted to do on a cold , rainy day. We went around low tide. Didn’t find anything in the tidepools. Found a dead whale on the beach which was depressing. Found many crabs or pieces of crabs. Not sure why this beach is beautiful. Found Rialto Beach much more intriguing.

1 month ago

Came here on 09/10 at like 11am. Weather was perfect. Definitely congested in the parking lot but wasn’t so bad once we got down to the beach. Not so much a hike but just a beautiful place to hang for a bit and drink your coffee.

Came here on 09/10 in the afternoon. Lots of people in the parking lot but once on the trail we didn’t run into people too often. Hoh Rainforest was closed (I was devastated) so we came here needing to see some sort of rainforest. I guess I just don’t know what I’m missing but this short hike was amazing. There are giant old growth trees everywhere and the rainforest climate is just fascinating. You actually can feel how everything is just living and breathing. We started to do the larger loop but it sort of left what we were loving about the hike ( turned into just a regular flat trail with not a lot of character) so we turned back and finished the small loop instead.

This was a nice easy hike that was pretty beautiful the whole way. The waterfalls were gorgeous. We went on 09/09 at like 10am. It was sort of a rainy day which maybe helped as there weren’t too many people. We actually had some time completely alone by the lookouts over the falls which doesn’t sound typical. On the drive in we stopped at the first pullout that had a bathroom. Ended up being a little path to a small waterfall overlook that was nice as well you should check out if you are in the area.

Great hike! Switch backs for a good bit in the beginning then lots of climbing over rocks. Be sure to wear good shoes with ankle support. Great views of lake Cushman at the top and on a clear day you can see Rainier. I brought my pup along with me. Be sure to keep them on leashes, I encountered some people who let their dogs run without leashes who came up and startled us (my dog is dog aggressive and gets very nervous around unfamiliar dogs) But luckily he did alright. Just keep in mind, even if your dog is great with other dogs that’s not the case for everyone.

Magical hike through the rainforest. I never tire of how the light flickers in and out and highlights the beauty of these special woods.

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