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The trail was well maintained and moderately trafficked. There are some slippery roots near the creeks so use caution. The view is worth the switch backs that will make you wonder how much further. But the switch backs are only .75 or less miles depending on where you are at on them from the sign to turn toward the dome. Which is only .25 miles from that! Use caution with small children and the dome edges .

great views. very snowy on april 18 2018. extra gear needed to reach the top due to weather that time.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Steep. Wet. Worth it.

Went last weekend. Good hike. It is difficult. This was my first time doing it. I look forward to doing in the summer time. I would highly recommend taking micro spikes. My dad did it without but it was much more difficult.

Great snowshoe! Lots of snow still, snowed a couple times last week when we were there. Moderate hike, some of the best mountain views so easily accessible!

hiking
12 days ago

Still enough snow that I was glad to have sturdy waterproof boots, but other than that I didn't need any special gear. Some areas are slippery where the snow has been packed down and started to ice over.

on Beacon Rock Trail

hiking
13 days ago

Good start to the season.

Great hike! I’m new to the area so I’ve been experiencing all these peaks for the first time! I did this hike on Saturday, April 7th. It was a nasty day out but it’s Washington so I went anyway. The trail is well maintained but never lets you take a break. It starts immediately at a climb and doesn’t stop until the summit. I took a left at the summit loop. There was a pretty sketchy stream crossing shortly after the snow line that I advise extreme caution. Shortly after the crossing the trail gets harder to follow, watch for the dirtier, harder packed areas of snow and just keep going. An occasional orange tag can be seen on a tree. After a short while the trail is much easier to spot. Summiting was not the easiest in the rain and wind but I managed. I was getting pelted with ice rain at the summit and i just wanted to get back down to cover. I did not find the loop down because of snow and the sudden onslaught of Mother Nature so I opted to go back down the way I came. Be careful of where you step. Deep holes lie underneath the snow so don’t stray from the packed path near summit. Micro spikes and trekking poles are a must for safely getting back down. Great hike, no view due to weather, will do again soon!

Love this place!

hiking
16 days ago

A bit confused at the rating of this one, perhaps we just tried to enter at the wrong spot,..The path down from the GPS marking, just past the single lane bridge, is incredibly steep and was not puppy friendly. Even on a dry day, people were having to scoot down the decline on their rear ends.

Perhaps we will revisit and try to decent on the other side of the bridge, though there are lots of other options in the area to visit first.

Good hike. Great view of Mt. Rainier!

hiking
17 days ago

Great view but bring spikes for the last 400 meters

One of the coolest hikes I have ever done. If you do this loop as an overnight counter-clcokwise staying in the basin, there's a really cool unofficial but easy to follow trail leading from the east side of Lunch Lake past some other lakes back up to the ridge and if you jump off that trail you get epic views over Long Lake.

Easier way up/down to than the old trail

hiking
19 days ago

This hike is a must-do on a clear day- you can see so many peaks, including Rainier right in your face! We did this on Saturday and hit snow about 2/3 of the way up. While many of the people we saw had microspikes, we didn’t. I would say if you have them, use them, but if you don’t own them (like us) you will be just fine as long as you have trekking poles. We were also able to glissade part of the way down from the top- so fun :)

hiking
19 days ago

Nice day for hiking! We got snow all the way. Took us 5hrs to the top. Amazing view- love it!

hiking
20 days ago

Pretty easy hike! Will definitely be going again =)

hiking
20 days ago

Amazing view! Challenging trail but definitely worth the effort!

hiking
20 days ago

Great trail and beautiful view. Get there early, by noon it’s hard to find parking.

The most beautiful trail yet!! We hiked up to Lily Lake first and then Oyster Dome. When we got back to my car, three people where paragliding. There was a little bit of snow around the lake but everything else was clear.

Hiked this yesterday for the first time and I submitted in just my hiking boots, no spikes. My friend, who never ever hikes and is 40 lbs over weight, got to within 100 yards of the mailbox but did not have good footwear. He was wearing running shoes with wool socks pulled over them for gripping, gym shorts and a Superman shirt. This is instantly my most favorite hike. there are minimal flat spots, all climibing or decsending, and a few gorgeous views that can bring a grown man to his knees. Treking poles really help extend endurance. The snow on the pass was slick slush, worthy to slow down and gain sure footing.

awesome hike! definitely would do it again

on Oyster Dome Trail

hiking
25 days ago

Amazing views of Salish Sea. We went in July so no mud or ice. Incredibly haunting old trees despite the sign of loggers from a time past. Strenuous but you can do it with kids if you park at the top lot.

Can’t wait to go back (bonus that it gives an excuse to visit Bellingham afterwards for a beer at http://www.aslanbrewing.com

On Sunday a friend and I climbed to the top of Mailbox Peak I made this video along the trail: https://youtu.be/NjPD0IV5a8M

We parked at the lower parking lot and at 6am we started our hike up the new trail the snow was patchy until mile 2ish where it turned into a solid snow pack. The trail was very well maintained and cleared I would recommend crampons but micro spikes work. We reached the top around 9:30am with clear skies and almost no wind. We headed down about 15 minutes later. We passed many people on the way down. We reached the trailhead at 12:00 only to find both parking lots where full and people where parking on the road. Check out the video I made about the hike: https://youtu.be/NjPD0IV5a8M

Overall it was a great hike with amazing views and weather. I suggest crampons for the steep sections and a early start to beat the people.


Be safe out there,

NW Adventures

3/24. Snow on the ground. Make sure you have gloves to get down under the bridge, your hands will be very cold from the cable. Lots of people on bridge taking pictures, beautiful views looking down. Very muddy on the trails.

We hiked this in September and it was incredible! I had no idea we would see so many peaks in the distance. The first part of the trail is woodsy, then much more exposed (it got a little hot!) and steep with some rocks to climb over at points. The view at the top was more than worth it. This is in my top five hikes for sure!

Great trail description in Olympic Mountains Trail Guide.

View of the San Juan islands at the top was incredible! Could have still used cramp ons when we went in March.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a nice hike, not too challenging. It’s pretty steep in the beginning, evens out for a bit, and then gets steep again before you get to the top. Muddy in some places, no snow or ice. It was cloudy and foggy but still worth the hike. I’ll have to go again on a sunny day.

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