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Found a pair of glasses on my way down from this hike today (3/15/18). anyone lose a pair? they are thin lenses and a pretty strong prescription!

Great time. Would recommend micro spikes at a minimum. Did it without them today it was rough on the way back down.

Loved this hike! The trail has so much character and the terrain is always changing. Thank goodness the snow was gone(mostly)and all the water we had to pass over was easy to do. Lots of fun obstacles and logs to cross, it was very fun! We went out 6 miles and turned back, so total of twelve miles. Would like to go farther next time, heard something about comfort camp or something, we were trying to reach that but ran out of time. We came across a mountain biker that said he saw a cougar just off the path, so use caution. Our dog growled for no reason, so believe it to be true.

Very nice hike! Sadly people can't seem to at least walk off the trail to relieve themselves though! lots of TP on the trail:(
But great work out, beautiful waterfalls and bridges!

7 days ago

The top is such a blast and totally worth the ass kicking! These views will blow your mind, truly stunning and only in Washington. I was sliding down a few feet of snow on my butt at the steepest inclines for fun with other friendly hikers and at the highest peak a friendly gang of birds welcome you awaiting treats, lucky for them I had goodies. These friendly creatures literally land on your hand and indulge. Take this hike 1 step at a time up and down. I’m in very good shape and give this an 8 out of 10 simply because of all the ice in March after about 2000 feet of climbing, you’ll be sliding on your way down a lot so take your time. Keep chugging along because the top is breathtaking.

12 days ago

I have recorded the Mt. Rose loop several times with my gps. It is about 7-1/2 miles round trip.

Beautiful !!! Snowy closer to the top and the way down !!! Amazing family hike !!!❤️❤️

18 days ago

Trail became snow covered at about 2000 ft. I did not make around the whole loop but it was doable. I was not in shape for it nor did I fuel sufficiently before the start. The trail is closer to about 8mi not 6

Beautiful hike. One of the better ones I've done. Make sure to bring snow gear and do the winter pass (right at the fork).

A tough hike that gets pretty steep. The trail is well maintained, but becomes covered in snow where the summit loop begins. Some parts have only inches of snow, other parts have feet of snow. I went up the left side of the loop and down the right. Definitely recommend walking poles and spikes, I had neither so it made it difficult to climb. The snow makes for beautiful views while going up and down, worth a winter hike. Hiked 11Feb18

This hike was beautiful, but if your cardio isn't the best. I would suggest an easier hike. But once you get to the top it's phenomenal.

Trails were in great condition! Just a little bit of snow closer to the lookout, not too much to see today at the lookout. Still, a very beautiful cold crisp winter hike.

1 month ago

Very Cool! Amazing view at the Summit! We put our snowshoes on at about 2500 feet, the trail is poorly marked towards the top so we followed some tracks. Went up the right side at the loop and back down the same way because the left side was far too treacherous.

Great hike, trails were perfect and weather was brisk but great. Not many out on this one today. Really loved it.

1 month ago

It’s a nice walk, slippery in some spots but it only takes like 30 mins to get around the lake.
There’s a couple camping spots but it’s really not good for that.
We fished in it also and never caught anything. Iv lived in this area my whole life and I don’t know that anyone has ever caught fish in it.

Hey! I am headed up to hike this weekend with my girlfriend. We have snowshoes and crampons and intend to start the hike very early (5:30am) in order to summit in one day. As we only have a car, not an SUV we were hoping someone who has been recently could please fill me in on the road conditions getting up there and if our plan to summit sounds do able. Thank you!

Beautiful hike! Quite a bit of snow. We got less than a mile in and came across a fast moving steam across the path. It was passable but our boots would have gotten soaked so we didn’t get to finish, so ventured down some other trails, which had even deeper slushy snow, 4-6 inches in places, consistent 3-4inches. Got pretty wet anyway, so wished we would’ve went through the steam and finished the trail. We will definitely go back to finish

1 month ago

Tried to snowshoe up Mt. Ellinor a few days ago, and while the hike was enjoyable, we wanted to pass on a few warnings. The road to the lower (and also the upper) trailhead is completely snowed out about .8 miles away from the lower trailhead. This is good to know because it'll add that much more time to your hike. I'll also add that snowshoeing through the deep rutted out road for .8 miles was the hardest part of our hike.

Because of our slight delay at the beginning of the hike we ran out of daylight and were unable to fully summit the mountain. We made it to the second junction for the upper trailhead and that was a lot of fun. Watch out for trees dropping enormous amounts of snow, they sound like they could do damage. Also, at the first junction for the upper trailhead, make sure to head up and to the left towards higher ground. There have been some snowshoe tracks continuing straight from the junction and that is not a trail. Look for orange snomobile markers on the trees. If you haven't seen one in 6 or 7 trees you aren't on the trail.

Happy hiking!

Nice hike with great views of the river! Initial up hill is not bad.

Definitely a toughie! The trail to the right is definitely poorly marked as you get to the top, there is snow cover and mid day it was pretty soft. About 8-12 inches at the top . I'd just recommend microspikes and gaiters. Definitely doable and beautiful!

What a beautiful day for a hike! Almost 60 degrees in the middle of January! The trails were in great condition still and the views from the lookout were especially spectacular today! The creek was a huge presence today. My only complaint would be too many dogs off leash.

This may not be the most exhilarating trail in the Olympics, but for a long winter hike it was fantastic! The forest was lush and green, there were numerous waterfalls (easy water crossings, but my boots did get quite muddy), and the weather was perfect. I wanted a bit of a challenge so I ran a good deal of it and the trail was clear and easily navigable. If there is another clear day this winter, I would not hesitate to recommend this enough!

I love how the terrain changes as you go. I’ll go back!

trail is in great shape and the streams are full of water and the falls look great. my wife and I did it clockwise which gives the best workout early in the hike. we went all the way up to the viewpoint and continued to to lower parking lot of the Ellinor trail before finishing the loop. all in all 8 miles and took us 3.5 hours.

Amazing view at the top! But a lot more difficult than I expected, at least in the snow. Got completely lost following someone elses tracks in the snow, took the correct route down and it was really steep and icy, be careful!

3 months ago

The trail was short, but the drive was long. Spider lake is a spectacular view but unfortunately I picked up eery vibes from the glass-like stillness and once you see one part of it, the rest of the hike is a bore...

3 months ago

the beginning of the trail is pretty snow free. however, once you start going left on the loop trail the snow gets pretty deep in some places. we were wet passed our knees by the time we reached the top. the view was beautiful. its a steep hike but definitely worth it

Best hike I've ever done! This trail is amazingly beautiful with and without a clear sky. There are mountain goats and lots of wildlife. Although, there is some climbing involved, it's not super challenging. I definitely recommend this hike!

Absolutely incredible. Definitely the most difficult trail I’ve taken this year, but the view pays off. The road up to the trail is pretty snowy and icy at this point, so use snow tires or bring chains. Don’t attempt without 4WD/AWD

still my favorite hike ever.

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