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I actually made a big loop by continuing on past the lake and following the trail (not always easy) clockwise. It was a really tough hike, totaling 12.64 miles and 8545 feet of elevation change. The elevation change is what made this hike so challenging for me. The hike to the lake wasn't too strenuous, and the lake itself is beautiful. I had mostly sunny skies and there weren't too many people out for a Saturday. Continuing up past the lake provides some pretty spectacular views looking back down. Going further, you start to hike over mountain passes, which provides plenty of great views, including of Hurricane Ridge. I hiked through snow for a few miles, though never more than 6 inches deep. The really demanding part for me (specifically, for my knees) was the last 4 or so miles, which is just a continuous downhill trek. It was quite an experience and I'm glad I did it, but I have no real desire to do that whole loop again. I would certainly recommend the hike to Lake Angeles and back, and would suggest hiking a bit past the lake for those great views from above.

backpacking
2 days ago

This was a fantastic 3-day backpacking trip to Blue Glacier and back. The mileage on here isn't correct. It's 17.5 miles one way to Glacier Meadows (35 roundtrip), and then about another mile to the Lateral Moraine, a spectacular view of Blue Glacier. That puts the full trail roundtrip at around 37 miles. There is another spur trail at 17.5 miles in (listed as .8 miles one way I think) to the Terminal Moraine, providing another stunning view of the glacier, this time standing high above where the glacier ends. Both of these steep-climbing trails are well worth the effort. The glacier is definitely the highlight, but the whole hike is gorgeous, with plenty of wildlife, gigantic trees covered in moss, and beautiful views of the Hoh River scattered throughout. My first night was at Mount Tom Creek (~3 miles in). My second night I camped at Elk Lake (~14 miles in), which was a nice campground in the woods. I left most of my stuff there while I hiked with a day pack (smart ranger recommendation) to the glacier and back, then packed up and hiked to Lewis Meadows for the third night. I was on my way out of the park when I stopped at Five Mile Island for lunch and decided it was too nice a spot to leave. I pitched my tent and hiked out and back in after resupplying and registering for two more nights. I definitely recommend staying at Five Mile Island either on the way in or out - it's a beautiful spot on the river, and for my stay, elk showed up before sunset both nights. I think fall is a great time of year for this hike - There are less people, and if you can time it up with good weather, it's pretty ideal. My first day was rainy and the people I saw backpacking out had been in rain the whole trip and seemed miserable. The rest of my trip was around freezing at night and sunny and 60s every day - good stuff. I'm excited to go back.

This is a great trail on a clear day. The views at the top are really beautiful. There is loose rock at some points along the trail but overall it wasn’t too bad. Be careful going downhill. Took a little over 3 hrs to complete round trip.

Awesome hike to this Clatsop County high point. On a clear day you can see Mt. Rainer, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, Nehalem Bay, the PacificOcean and the mouth of the Columbia River.

Excellent option when the Hoh was closed down. Still get a good flavor of rainforest on a very easy trek. Dog friendly, on leash of course.

Amazing hike. Amazing views. Love burning calories on this trail!!!

I would call it more than moderate for some parts of it

Gorgeous hike with amazing views of the Columbia River, the coast line, and five major mountain peaks on a clear day. It's mostly forested and easy the first half and exposed, steep, and rocky the second half.

Be sure to take the .2-mile spur to Humbug for more gorgeous views. This hike is easy enough if you're fit, but don't let it fool you, because it can also be treachorous. I strongly recommend good hiking boots with tread and hiking poles. The second half is steep with loose rock and wire fencing embedded in the ground that can be slippery without proper footwear. Even though it's short, be sure to take your ten essentials and enough food and water in case you're stuck with an injury. It's easy enough for the strongest hikers to sprain or break an ankle.

hiking
11 days ago

We did this in reverse and returned to the beach trail head. A very nice day out which included cycling from Fort Stevens Camp ground. The hike is easy and through beautiful forest. Some steeper inclines with switchbacks but ok. The condition of the trail is great- new bridges and decking in places. We lunched at the Visitor Centre and fort before returning. Good wifi at the VC. Highly recommend the hike and take in the VC and short film on Lewis and Clark.

on Saddle Mountain Trail

11 days ago

Well worth the hike. Definitely not easy, but I’m no expert hiker and did fine.

hiking
13 days ago

Well maintained, trails are clean and not sloppy muddy. Nice peaceful walk in the woods that takes only a morning or an afternoon.

A bit of a workout which was nice. Plenty of inclines, plenty of viewpoints, plenty of resting points. Lower trail is a bit rocky. Trail is well marked with signs everywhere, there's a parking lot with an out house. Enjoy!

Well worth the trip - easy drive up. 90% uphill on the way up so a pretty easy way down! Super windy at the top but the views were some of the best I've ever seen. a few picnic tables spread through out to bring some snacks and rest up! Low traffic end of September

hiking
18 days ago

Disappointed by this hike, mainly because is was so cloudy at the top that we could barely see the lake. I’m sure it’s beautiful. The forest on the way up is not remarkable.

I feel so blessed to have been on the top of this mountain on a clear day. We saw Mt Ranier, Mt St Helen’s, Mt Adams, Mt Hood, and Mt Jefferson. We stayed at the summit exploring and taking pictures for a good hour and completed this hike in 3 hours including that time on top The chicken wire on the trail helps with footing. This is a must do hike. You see the ocean and the snow capped mountains

Great trail. If you want to beat the crowd show up by 8

great views!

hiking
23 days ago

Awesome hike!!! Little sketchy on parts with mesh fencing put down on the trail, but overall pretty well maintained. Great views at the top!!!

Beautiful way to spend an afternoon in fall.

Fun trail. Strong climb. Well identified and guarded. Sturdy boots recommended and poles for those not-so-sure footed. Saw all 5 mountains at the top with even some high altitude cloud cover. The last third feels like you are in Scotland or Wales scenery wise.

hiking
29 days ago

Pretty hike. Interactive info panels along the way which were interesting. Id skip the hime along the lake...a bit dull.

Amazing view!

hiking
29 days ago

I can only speak to the upper trail, because the lower trail was closed when I went due to the falcon mating season, but I have to say that at least the upper trail is way overrated in my opinion. It is dominated by new growth trees and weeds - some pretty wildflowers mixed in, but mostly just weeds. Compared to most other trails in The Gorge, this trail is sorely lacking in aesthetic beauty.

You would think the views would more than make up for that, but it takes a couple miles of mundane switchbacks just to get to the first viewpoint, which is just above and practically identical to the view you get from the Cape Horn Lookout, which you can reach by simply pulling your car over on Route 14. Along the way, you will be enjoying the company of many other hikers talking loudly, on their phones, with their dogs, and see several bags of dog poop left behind by careless owners, and rude joggers who expect you to step off the trail so they don’t have to break their stride.

Even though I always welcome the opportunity to go hiking and get a nice view of the gorge, I couldn’t help but feel annoyed and underwhelmed after this one. Perhaps we should just leave this area to the falcons. Do yourself a favor and just pull over the Cape Horn Lookout off 14 instead, and go one one of the countless other amazing hikes in the area that are more beautiful and less crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

I never get tired of this trail, it changes with the seasons. The Vine Maple is turning red now and there are a few wildflowers still blooming.

hiking
1 month ago

This was our first hike in Olympic National Park. It was a hot and lush day, lots of bugs. We went for long stretches without seeing any other hikers and it was peaceful. Highly recommend this one.

hiking
1 month ago

For a half-day fun near Seaside/Portland area, definitely do this hike. I did it with my partner, middle September and there were maybe five couples and a few solo hikers we encountered.

To get to the parking, it is 7 miles of long and windy, but well paved roads.

The hike is beautiful with the hardest part being the incline at the end. It is slightly deceiving because you hike up one mountain to view people at the top of the real peak. But at the top it is an unbelieveable site with ocean view, the state of Washington, and the mountains of northeastern Oregon.

Wore sneakers with good traction, did not need full hiking gear.

Side note, there are picnic tables scattered throughout so could just be a fun picnic hike as well.

Very pretty and super quiet. Almost had trail to ourselves. This was a last min decision and glad we found it. Pretty and quiet. Huge old growth trees.

hiking
1 month ago

Some good view points. Start with upper and then loop your way down. You will pass a waterfall, and some rocky steep sections. Last mile or so is on a old country road.

hiking
1 month ago

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