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Great hike! We enjoyed the hike. It was cold and windy. The trail wasn't too busy! Clear and beautiful! See all three mountains in the distant!

hiking
1 day ago

We really enjoyed hiking this trail in such a beautiful and sunny day in Fall. Fabulous view at the top. The sky completely clear and sunny. Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, and Glacier peak were clearly visible. Lake Elan, Lake Copper and Spada lake were also easily visible. Lake Elan was looking very white (like a lake of milk) due to ice and snow reflection. It was a great view.
The driving was fine, there were a few potholes, but any car can make it. I had a sedan and it was fine. Parking is small, but the trail is not crowded, and we didn’t have problem finding parking.
The trail is starting among the woods and we crossed 3 streams. Then it becomes rocky. Last 1.7 miles were snowy/icy and very steep. Having micro-spikes help a lot. It was really slippery.
My AllTrails recording measured 7.6 miles round-trip and 4170 ft elevation gain.

hiking
7 days ago

Pretty stout little hike. Made it up about 3.5 miles then we turned back due to snow and ice. We had trek poles but you probably want to bring some ice gripper if you intend to summit. Couple spots where the trail was washed out up where it was snow covered, not to hard to cross just be careful. Lots of nice running creeks along the way, which I like cuz I will just bring a water bottle, water filtration/treatment device and collect water as needed throughout the day. Hate packing a days worth of water.

trail running
7 days ago

Started right at dawn, ran into lots of snow around mile 3.5 from the trailhead. Fairly quiet on the trail, saw only 10 people and 4 dogs all on my way down. Did the southern peak as well although no visible trail could be found.

Very scenic trail. Need good hiking shoes preferably waterproof. Cold at the top in November!

A 360 view at the top! First hour is tiring then it actually gets more gradual as you get closer. Today, in November, it had snow about half way up or the last third. it's all packed down though. you don't need spikes but polls are helpful.

My favorite hike of the year. Lots of snow the last third of the hike. Super sunny day. Stunning.

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.

Went up today solo, got spooked for no reason and turned back until I met with another group and they were kind enough to let me join them. It was raining on and off and we ended up crossing through two waterfalls, be very careful with your footing or you may be swept away and unless you're super careful you will likely get wet regardless. I was able to do the whole trip without trekking poles or spikes though poles would have made at least one crossing easier. Today there was 1-2" of snow at the top and it did snow on us towards the top. Really a lovely hike and I look forward to going back in fair weather!

hiking
15 days ago

A great day hike in the rain and snow.
There are two sections where the water is really flowing. The first one is quite deep, 90% of people turned back and didn't cross it that we saw.
The second one is easy, go up the hill 50 ft, it is only 2 foot wide, jump it.
Interesting easy hike. Can hear the I-90 freeway the whole hike, didn't like that.

trail running
17 days ago

Good technical trail for running. A lot of gain on the way to the top. Will have to come back when its sunny and clear, nothing but most, rain and the occasional frozen rain waves. There are places snow is either on or next to the trail.

Great trail! Very rainy and foggy, but still amazing views and flora. It is longer than the beta shows. I got kind of confused between the water washes and the trail near the top and my phones GPS was not reading correctly.

Very windy at the top but well worth the hike to the top , wish it was much clearer. Started at 7 am and was done by 11 pm .

hiking
23 days ago

I started the hike at the trailhead at 8:45 AM and the first 4.2 miles of the trail was pretty maintained until I got to the Melakwa Lake. The second part of the trail, though, is not as maintained and having a GPS or previously downloaded map would help a lot. The hike is steep until you get to the first fake summit. After that, there is descent which seemed to be the toughest part of the trail. It was steep and there were some frost. I joined two other friends just before starting descending down from the first summit. The last part is still steep but was easier than we thought. We finally got to the Kaleetan Peak where we had to scramble on the rocks but they looked like stairs. The weather was sunny with a clear view. The top was windy though. The view is stunning. Mt Baker, Mt Stuart, Peak of Mt Adams and Mt Rainier were visible. Also, a series of more than 10 lakes are visible in the surroundings. My AllTrails recording said 11.9 mi round trip with 4948 ft elevation gain.

The Lake was so beautiful and not much traffic. Hike was not bad but too windy at the top. The fall colors are gone :( Still an awesome hike with many falls creek running along for most part of the hike.

Very nice hike. 12 miles round trip from parking lot. It was a beautiful rain-free day in between two rainy weeks. 360 views up top the haystack, from mount Rainier to mount Baker and everything in between. Some minimal ice/frost near the top. Just the right number of people on this trail!

hiking
28 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!

hiking
28 days ago

Great trail, intense on the lower body. The initial part is through the woods, and then opens up with spectacular views of Mt. Rainier. You can see and hear vehicles from I-90 for most of the way. There are lots of blueberries on the way in the latter part. The trail has a lot of rocks which can get annoying while coming down. The views on top are fantastic with Mt Rainier towering about the other mountains. The fire/lookout tower on the top is closed.

Elevation gain on the trail is about 3,800 feet and can be quite intense. Wouldn’t recommended this trek for beginners. Make sure you carry enough water since the trail is long and it can be quite exhausting on a sunny day.

hiking
28 days ago

Had a great time hiking this trail - a lot of fun going up through the pass, and scrambling up to the summit. Some tricky footing with rocks most of the hike. We got a super late start and finished out the last 20 minutes of the hike with headlamps after leaving the summit around 4:30. Amazing views, definitely worth the climb. There is a lot of discrepancy on distance - I think the hike is probably longer than 7, and in the very least is a lot slower than a typical 7 mile hike because of the terrain.

on Kendall Katwalk Trail

29 days ago

Legit

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.

hiking
30 days ago

We started at 6:15 and reached the top in 2.5 hours. The first 2 miles are through the woods and later the trail opened up with awesome fall colors all around and my rainier starting to show towards the south.
The second half of the hike up is truly picturesque. There were just 2 other folks when we reached the lookout. The best view to grab your breakfast bites.
We ran into quite a lot of people on the way down though. And by the time we were back around 12(we stopped in places for photos) the parking lot was full with around 30 other cars parked outside on the road. Getting in early was a good idea.
My tracker clocked 11.5 miles and an elevation gain of 4070ft. Completely snow free today.

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

Fantastic weather and great view all the way to the melakwa lake !

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.

We got lost trying to find the trailhead to Snow Lake as our initial hiking trip. But we ended up at Denny Creek Trailhead with the idea to hiked up to Melakwa Lake.
Beautiful Autumn colors painted the forestry, and mountain cliffs. The sounds of gushing water from creeks, and waterfalls echoing through part of trails. Autumn blue skies, green forestry and mountain backdrops gave the sense of dramatic world of its own.
Dogs and his human appeared small but felt the urge to give thanks to the creator of this magnificent world.

The sweats of each steps on the rocky trails was hard on the last 2 miles before the lake especially for their paws. 8 miles with 2000 ft elevation Gain was hard enough for the day. Defeated we are not. We will be back!!

You have to be sure footed and unafraid of heights to get to the summit, but the payoff is immense. Bring at least 3 liters of water.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is definitely a workout, but on Sunday, 10/14/18, we had the most beautiful, clear day with bright fall colors that made it work the work! Snow-capped Mt Rainier with a foreground of red, yellow and orange leaves on the ridge was breathtaking. Layer up, but we ended up taking off most of what we wore because the weather was so beautiful.. It's a lower body burner for sure, but definitely doable for anyone in good shape. You never lose the trail or have you make your own path or anything like that... just a lot of elevation gain in a short time. Lots of sweat!

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