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Easy hike, tons of places to take the kids to play in the water. Awesome waterfall. Definitely a must see!

If you’re doing this hike in the summer (as we did), bring at least 3 liters of water- it is hot and dusty all the way to the summit. After you pass the tree line (2miles), the terrain is very rocky so bring gloves - you will spend ~ 2 miles scrambling over boulders. The last part is the hardest to go up - an incline of loose ash for about a mile. The view from the top is nice, but in the summer everything is brown and dry looking, and the sky can be hazy. Took us about 10 hours with several nature pee and snack breaks. Bring water, sunscreen, layers, gloves, boots, and poles.

Very easy trail. It had little elevation, but it was still a nice walk/hike. The lake is absolutely beautiful. Would do again.

Views along this includes beautiful waterfalls, mountains ranges, river, creeks, and a beautiful view of the lake at the end. A variety of terrain includes flat & bushy, wide and flat, climbing uphill using the embedded rocks for stairs to climb up, and walking through & over large tree roots
Definitely worth it. The total out and back for us took 5 /12 hours with a few breaks on the way up.

The waterfall is about a mile and a half into the trail, and it did not disappoint. Pictures don’t do it justice to how massive it is. We thought that would be the highlight of the hike, but the meadows up in Spray Park itself were unbelievably beautiful. Even with the haze, Mt. Rainier still showed through and acted as the perfect backdrop to our time in the meadows. We didn’t see any wildlife, save for the absurd amount of mosquitos! The road leading up to this hike (and Tolmie Peak) has a few rough spots but overall is pretty darn passable for a gravel road.

Totally too easy of a “hike” but very beautiful with the river and falls!

Beautiful views the entire way up! Loved this hike!

hiking
3 days ago

Fun hike! Not too difficult but enough uphill/roots/rocks to present a bit of a challenge (keep in mind, I moved here from one of those flat states in the middle, so you’re mileage may vary). It was a bit hazy today, due to wildfire smoke, but still a pretty spot! Hung out by the lake for a bit and only saw a few other people. Got to the trailhead about 10 and only four other cars in lot...lots more when I left at 1 (especially for a Monday, I thought).

Last four miles of the drive to the trailhead are on a gravel road...the road isn’t in bad shape but not fun if you already have to pee!

hiking
3 days ago

This was my 2nd time making this loop, and it didn’t disappoint. We had cloud cover for most of the hike, which helped with potential heat. The smoke hadn’t rolled in yet so we had great views. Clean, well-marked trail, lots of off-shoots for fun views, and a great pay-off at the end. Make sure you look back to the range off the other side, and also take a left and scramble out the point for spectacular full views off the summit.

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.

As a follow-up to the review by PhLo S just below...my group went August 10-12. There were some flies and mosquitoes at the lower elevations, but nothing close to plague-level. As a precaution we wore long sleeve shirts and long pants, with the option to wear head nets. While hiking these precautions weren't really needed, but during rest stops the bugs can get annoying. The views at the upper elevations are amazing. This was one of the best hikes I have been on.

My first hike after being cancer free will always be in my heart.

Easy

hiking
4 days ago

Absolutely loved this hike! Took Lower Elliott on the way up and Upper Elliott on the way down. Lower had beautiful scenery and soothing water sounds. The last mile of the hike is the toughest part and the trail gets a bit confusing but the lake is worth every bit. So beautiful, great for a swim and plenty of trees for your hammock ;) The waterfalls near the lake were equally breathtaking! We went later in the day on a Sunday and ran into very few people, even at the lake. Upper is perfect for the way down because it’s majority downhill. As mentioned in another review, make sure you have the right pass because they’ll get ya. I will 100% be coming back here.

hiking
4 days ago

A fantastic experience heading back to Spray Park today. Make sure you keep going past the meadows for some amazing alpine and glacial exploration. Not too difficult and quite otherworldly!!

Phenomenal views...great climb but not overly strenuous...surrounded by mountains with different views along the way. Lake views and waterfalls too. 4 hr trip including a lunch break...cool at the top...long sleeve or a light jacket recommended. $5 fee if you want to park at the trailhead.

It was extremely foggy, making it impossible to see anything at the view point. But still so worth the hike. We were able to climb up to the base of the waterfall from the spray park view point! Definitely my favorite waterfall yet!

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!

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.

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.

First off, DO NOT follow the directions on AllTrails! Take FR 21 instead of FR 48 and search for directions ahead of time from somewhere else as the ones here are horribly inaccurate (wrong forest road and not 9.5 miles, more like 20 once on FR 21). If it weren’t for the payoff when you make it up to Goat Lake, I’d have a hard time recommending this trail. I went counterclockwise to how Alltrails has you do it (I went through Snowgrass Flats then onto Goat Lake) and the first 4 miles are brutal but not because the trail is incredibly difficult, but because of the relentless biting flies and gradual ascent. I pushed through faster than I wanted and when I’d stop for a break I’d be covered in seconds by dozens of flies, none of them caring that I had 100% deet all over. So then you just keep going and by the time I made it out of the forest I was exhausted. Once you clear the forest, Snowgrass flats is great. Crowded, but beautiful and with plenty of water sources so no need to carry a lot of water if you have any way to filter. The last push up to the lake is absolutely gorgeous though a pretty steady climb. Once at the lake, madness; it was a Friday evening and there must have been over 50 people camping at the lake (including a tent city with 6 tents all clustered together) so I pressed on to Jordan Basin and found a spot to hang my hammock for the night. Easy 5 miles into the Berrypatch parking area the next morning and then the short connector back to the other parking lot. Overall it was worth it but I won’t come back until the weather has turned in the fall when I think the bugs won’t be an issue and the crowds will have died down.

hiking
6 days ago

Awesome trail

Gorgeous hike! This hike is full of beautiful falls, bridges, wild flowers and views of mount Rainier! Loved everything about it....except the bugs:))) Bugs we’re annoying. As soon as you stop moving, they attack you:(

August, 6,2018! Great hike!

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.

Go early enough you will beat all the crowds

hiking
10 days ago

Started at 2 pm in 90+ degree heat. No snow. We hiked counterclockwise and enjoyed the anticipation and continually bettering views. Blew me outta the water. Only complaint were all the horseflies.

hiking
10 days ago

I do both lower and upper trail I like more the lower one batter view but what shack me is the huge water full hiding in the trail you will love it more of the lake

hiking
11 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes of all time. You’ll never want to leave the top (unless of course you forgot bug spray). Such a beautiful, peaceful, lake at the top. We took floaties and got into the lake for a bit !

hiking
11 days ago

2 stars because of the hype, the parking situation and the crowds. I thought this would be much more beautiful than advertised. It's basically an urban flat trail through the woods with a smallish waterfall at the end. Parking is insane! So many people. We kept going to Denny Creek for a longer hike. It's probably a nice small hike for families with little kids, but watch out for them going off trail (this is easy to do) and getting into the poison ivy or the devil's club.

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