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Busy easy hike. Beautiful waterfall!

Beautiful views the entire way up! Loved this hike!

hiking
20 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!

nature trips
1 day ago

Short, easy trail to a beautiful waterfall. Numerous No Pet signs, but we encountered two fellow hikers who thought they were "special". Each had dogs! Folks, rules exist for a reason. We called each of these gentlemen out for their wrongdoing, but neither cared at the moment. We need to be the stewards of these beautiful areas! Oh, mosquitoes were minimal today.

great hike, slightly challenging for us older folks, but well worth the effort. Views are spectacular and wildlife did not disappoint. Not a lot of shade and it was a sunny warm day, so bring sunscreen and of course water. Enjoy the hike.

Probably would’ve given this 4 stars if it weren’t for the crowds. The trail is short and easy, so it’s hard to spread out from others, especially at the end. The trail is very pretty though, although we found the trail 7-8 miles before it off the road to be nicer just in terms of serenity as well the rainforest type scenery (the name escapes me).

Wow! This trail was amazing. It was more difficult than expected.... straight incline pretty much the whole way up and because it’s mostly above the tree line it got pretty hot with no shade. But it was worth it! The views were amazing and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. We saw a marmot, but that was really the only wildlife. It’s a mile and a half past the Hurricane Ridge visitor center and we made the mistake of parking there and walking down to the trail head. The guy at the visitor center said there wouldn’t be any parking and acted like it was no biggee to just walk to the trailhead, but it’s a steep decline there and felt even steeper coming back on a curvy road and no shoulder or sidewalks, so it was a little nerve wracking. So... advice... try the trailhead parking lots first and if there isn’t any parking, park at the visitor center as a last resort. Otherwise, it was really beautiful!

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.

This is such a beautiful area. We loved wandering through the rainforest with our three kids: 6,4,2

Awesome trail. Beautiful views. It was a bit intense for our 4 and 2 year old (carried them a fair amount) but our 6 year old was a total champ.

easy short hike to beautiful falls, the mosquitos/flys were bad (use bug repellent or where long sleeves.) this is a very well maintained, very trafficked trail. visited during a Monday afternoon at the end of July and the trail / parking lot were packed.

we hiked here in the evening, didn't have enough time to hike the whole thing but we enjoyed the 2 miles or so we did hike, trail starts out in the trees then goes down a large hill to the spit. good spot for bird watching, we saw bald eagles. nice ocean view with the mountains in the distance.

hiked this trail yesterday evening. the trail was well maintained, there was so much wildlife we saw deer, marmots, mountain goats, and multiple grouse with chicks. the trail was worth the leg burn.

backpacking
5 days ago

Did an overnight stay here packing in our gear with us. The hike was a bit strenuous for someone who doesn’t do much hiking, but the experience was worth it. The hike itself is spent mainly in the trees with little sun in the afternoon, but plenty of views to make up for it at the top! Took about two hours with our group, toting gear and food for the nights stay. So warm up there didn’t even need a sleeping bag, just a hammock. Definitely coming back here for a longer stay soon!

Visited on the first day being open during the temp construction closure periods. Friends and I camped the night before at Heart o the Hills so it made an early arrival that much easier. Also it helped that we are from the east coast and all woke up at 5am local time with no alarm clock.
Upon arrival we drove past the visitor center right to the picnic area parking and then walked to the trail head. Once on the trail it was easy to follow with almost no way to get off course. The ascent was easier than I had expected with only a few steep spots. We encountered many deer on the trail easily in a arms reach. Some were so close the thought of being gored by a deer entered my head. Fortunately that didnt happen. Needless to say the views are stunning the entire way. At Hurricane Hill we saw (what are labeled in the visitor center as) mountain beavers. From the approach to the hilltop these things would stick their heads up and then duck down again. They are elusive animals but dont leave your stuff unattended. I felt like they were a pack of velociraptors. The leader would stand up right in front of us a few yards away as a distraction. Meanwhile it would send its subordinates around the sides to go steal our stuff or eat us. But we lived. We had the entire trail to ourselves for about 30 min after we hit Hurricane Hill. Once we spotted some others heading up we moved on down the trail. A short while later there was a snowbank. Being from FL it was amazing even though it was hard, compact, and somewhat dirty. The clouds were stuck down in the valley maybe around the 3000 ft area. Not sure how it normally is but we had clear visibility for as far as you could see but only the mountains poked up through the sea of clouds. Would do this trail again in a heartbeat. What a treasure that has preserved for all to see.

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.

hiking
7 days ago

Walking on the Spit was great. going out to the light house was way too much for me to do. Starting from the parking lot down to the beach, and out to the log stuck in the ground was 1.75 miles. Just enough for me to do. My wife as able to walk quit a distance more. The hill heading back up from the brach has an incline of about 40 deg. Quite steep. we than walked on the upper trails which was a lot flatter and easy to walk.
Getting on the spit there is a fee of 3$ for the day. well worth it.

backpacking
7 days ago

Awesome short hike..bring BUG SPRAY, there are lots of mosquitos.

8 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.

backpacking
8 days ago

looks like it dropped right out of a book. amazing place!!!

hiking
9 days ago

Hiking in trees for the majority of the trail, with occasional peekaboo views. The lake and cliffs surrounding are picturesque. our group of 5 took 1 hour 45 min to get to lake and about an hour 20 to return. if you exercise regularly you'll break a sweat but should have no issue with the hike.

Nice walk through the old forest growth. We ended at the creek, but we think the trail ends before the steep descent.

This trail was everything I hoped it would be! Sufficiently challenging for our fitness level with so much beauty all around as we hiked toward the top & amazing views when we arrived at the top! We saw deer along the way, a mountain goat & some sooty grouse. We were fortunate that the trail happen to be open the days we were there, as it was closed before & after our visit.

hiking
11 days ago

destination wasnt worth the hard hike.
it was nice but ive seen better.
lake edge had a lot of pond scum so dont expect to swim.
very pretty meadows and view...

glad i did it but wouldn't do it again

My family and I were finally fortunate enough to enjoy Hurricane Ridge 20July2018. Boy did it not disappoint. SPECTACULAR views from everywhere. We arrived Friday evening (8 p.m. ish) planning to Watch the sunset. The place was pretty deserted by then which was nice to see. were able to park at the picnic area closest to thr trail. Trail is mostly paved and in great condition. Almost walked into a doe hiding behind some trees and later had to basically walk around a big buck who was on thr trail. Also spotted 2 black bears near the top. One was lower in a valley and the other came from a treeline up top. The bear at the top actually crossed the trail and caused a few other hikers to stop in their tracks while he/she meandered through. They said it was not aggressive at all. After all that excitement we stuck around and watched a beautiful sunset. Hiked down in near dark which I wouldn't recommend unless you're carrying a gun and headlamps/ flashlights (we had both). My only regret is not sticking around longer to watch the stars. We've hiked MANY trails in the Cascades and Olympics and this one ranks towards the top. Especially when you factor in convenience and ease of hike. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!! saw 2 black bear, 2 buck, 3 doe, 3 marmot and a few chipmunk ; )

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful and short hike from Lake Crescent Lodge, it’s a well maintained trails. Old trees big rocks and the Falls I love them all. The wood stairs are well taking care of. Going up the upper Falls is a little hard on my knees, but it’s worth it. If you want a little easier hike for your knees the lower Falls is a better choice. My 6 years does not have a problem with it though. I’m surprised he didn’t complain. We enjoyed it. I recommend this trail.

hiking
13 days ago

love it

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backpacking
13 days ago

We backpacked this trail in 4 days and a wake-up. We got dropped off at Hurricane Ridge and took the Wolf Creek Trail 8 miles down to the Whiskey Bend Trail Head. A pretty quick drop in elevation definitely was hard on the knees and makes your ears pop. Then stayed in Lillian Camp the first night. Great spot close to the river with great amenities. The trek wasn't too bad getting to Hayes River the second night. There is a great swimming hole under the bridge. Martin's Lake was not an easy find at the Low Divide the third night. The trail was empty until the third night. The Sixteen Mile campground could use a sign or two with some direction as to where to Ford the River. A couple of Cairns on the other side helped us find our way. From Low Divide we hiked to Wolf Bar; another wonderful site. The original plan was to stay at Elip Creek, but it was taken over by Volunteers cleaning the trail. (Thank you!) Not a single downed tree from Elip to Quinault. Only 4 stars due to trail conditions and not very scenic compared to the south fork Enchanted Valley.

Absolutely stunning hike. Did the extra 3 miles round trip to the summit of Mt. Buckhorn; worth the extra elevation gain! At the top of marmot pass, the trail intersects with Tubal Cain. Take a right and scramble up the steep trail to reach the summit. Perfect warm day and amazing views of the Olympics.
And the signs to the upper big quilcene trailhead are very visible, including the 2750 forest road.

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