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3 days ago

Stunning hike! Highly recommend. The drive up is pretty rough but it’s worth it.

Took the dalles ridge trail or northern approach due to the road to the coral pass entrance being closed. If you look that trail up on the app it will give you exact coordinates to the trail head. Trail head is on the side of the road and not marked at all except for a little green marking tape on a tree, but the coordinates in google maps took me straight to it. Overall, a gorgeous snowy hike on a beautiful sunny day. About 4 miles to the top and stunning views all around!

11/10/18

We got to the trail around 10AM and we didn't see another person the entire time, until we were almost back to the car. It ended up being a beautiful, sunny day and the views were amazing. Well worth the trek up.

As another person said, it's pretty easy to miss the sign that says trail. As soon as you walk out of the trees, there's a great opening to see Mt. Rainier and it's easy to get distracted and miss the small sign. Be sure to look behind you as you probably passed it. There is another trail if you continue walking straight, but from what I read, it's a bit more of a scramble.

The trail was pretty narrow the entire way and there was already a light layer of snow. It was manageable without micro spike but there were a few slippery moments. As soon as you're out of the trees and start the switchbacks, that's where you feel the gain. It wasn't terrible, but I did have to take a few short breaks here and there (I'd say I'm about an average hiker). The closer we got to the top, the more snow started to appear. Probably a few inches already. I'd suggest when going down to at least have spikes or hiking poles, but that's me personally.

Road conditions - there was already snow on the road and there were a few moments, mostly going downhill, that we slid a little bit. The road itself wasn't bad and parts of the drive were a bit exposed, so take your time.

Google maps had us make a right turn about 6-8 miles(ish) (once we were on the dirt road) which had a pretty big pot hole, but it's not actually a road. It dead ends into woods a couple hundred feet up. Keep to the left/straight and it will meet up again with the road google tries to tell you to take. The parking lot to the trailhead isn't very big at all and you see a trail sign but there's no name to it.

hiking
20 days ago

So amazing! Lake was clear and gorgeous! View of mountain was breathtaking! Already thinking about going again.

This is always my go to trail to just get away from people. You'll maybe see 6 or so people the entire trip. Lots of places to camp and plenty is space between camp sites giving you the solitude you want!

Very pretty hike, even when the falls are not going!

Amazing 360 view at the top. Great hike for being outside the national park and dog friendly. Road is gravel and bumpy all the way but low clearance cars can still make it. We hiked it 10/20/18, No snow sunny beautiful clear day. Fall colors were starting to die off but that didn’t change the view at the top. Great hike and view for short distance.

Alltrails directions took me to the trailhead! Yay! Another rare, warm late October day! Unbelievable! I started out at 9:15, blue sky,sunny. I had to take off my coat about 1/4 mile down, shwuu! Hot! The trail is gradual uphill all the way to sheep lake, parallels 410 mostly. Trails kind of narrow and if you suffer vertigo just hug the inner parts, if you look to your right down on the highway it may give you the “Willy’s” lol, I arrived at the lake 10:30 am ground was frozen, no snow, bugs. Beautiful clear lake. I stayed only 5 minutes as my goal was panhandle gap , crystal lakes. So the trail heads up on the right side of the lake. I didn’t notice any real steep sections, up and up yes but no stair climbing, not like coming up from the other side on 410! I reached the gap 1.5 miles later and little under 2 hours. I stopped several times to feast on the views of Adams and hillside fall colors in the distance. Once you reach the gap consider going thru you’ll see pct, go left stay upper trail only 8 minute walk to another opening and walk down from there another one minute and you’ll be amazed! Mt. Rainier in your face! Crystal lakes down below! Head down to crystal lakes and eat lunch it’s only another 15 minutes down! I was there 2 days ago so I didn’t go down all the way, instead I found some rocks to sit on and ate lunch, beautiful October hike!

One of our favourite hikes we've done! The drive up through the trees in fall was fun and while it takes a little time, well worth the effort as you get some impressive views on the way up.
The hike itself was relatively short for an AMAZING reward. We saw Rainier, St Helens, Baker, Olympics and Adams all in 360 panorama. You get a perfect view of the Rainier glacier, without a ton of people around.

One my favorite hikes to take my dog on! The view on the top was amazing! Wonderful view of all the mountains!

hiking
1 month ago

Started in the late morning, the trail provided a quiet, forested adventure with several lookouts along the way. This author, being somewhat out of shape, had to rest a few times on the way up. Trail markings are excellent with no bugs and only a tiny muddy area -- a perfect afternoon in the fall.

Beautiful fall hike in the woods..trail is in
amazing shape..be sure friends are not afraid to cross bridges..the first bridge is very slanted but secure..icy in the AM. But so worth it all .Great Hike!

Loved it .

amazing hike and amazing views!!!!! the weather was perfect, saw 3 mountains. very bumpy road but totally worth it!

Such a beautiful hike- I give it a 4.8. It was harder than moderate and the road in was indeed bumpy but the reward was worth it.

There aren’t any lakes here I’m not sure why someone posted pictures of one. And the out and back distance is closer to 8 (3.7 each direction). But it was a pleasant hike.

Hiked Summit Lake on 10/6/18. Saw about 20-25 people the whole day. Lots of dogs on leash including ours. The trail is very well maintained. This is one of my absolute favorite hikes! We started up later in the day, hitting the trailhead around 12:30pm. We met people coming down who didn't have the opportunity to see Mt. Rainier earlier in the day. Our late start meant we were able to get some gorgeous peek-a-boo views of the Mountain when we reached the trail summit. Perfect day!! Yes, the road up is rough, but the parking lot was full so it is definitely not deterring anyone. Please remember to pack your trash out.

Definitely worth the drive out here, beautiful scenery it's like being in a fairy tail.

Awesome little one day hike. moderate for the kiddos. amazing views of all angles. Took my 6 and 10 year old this last weekend and they absolutely loved it. wild huckleberries on top for the tasting. I definitely recommend this hike.

A nice moderate uphill grade. With an Alpine lake and early fall colors. It was an awesome hike

hiking
1 month ago

easy hike. Knats are harmless, but if you stand in one spot for more than 10sec the large deer flies will bite you!

Beautiful trail. Paved road all the way and large parking area. Vine maples are changing color... lots of variety on this hike. A very enjoyable outing!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike, not too difficult. Tons of camping spots, including one that overlooks the lake up top. The lake is strikingly blue, even on a cloudy day. Will have to return for a cloudless day to see Mt. Rainier from the lookout.

No toilet at the trailhead (people made their own toilet pits in the dirt), but there is a primitive toilet when you reach the lake. The trail is in excellent condition, but the road is not. Very rocky with potholes. I wouldn't say 4x4 or AWD is absolutely necessary, but clearance is. Even if you drive very carefully in a low clearance vehicle, you may damage the underside.

Amazing trail. Amazing view. Amazing weather. And amazing company. Couldnt have been better.

The drive up is quite bumpy so be prepared to take your time. When we started the trail the weather was beautiful, blue skies with a few clouds. When we got to the top, clouds had completely covered anything that would have been a view. Very unfortunate, but will be trying again on a later date.

You can add four miles to hike and start at the bottom where the road is closed. Don’t waste your time. Most is through burned area. Much better options around.

great trail! beautiful views at the lakes and definitely will be a repeat for us

hiking
2 months ago

I loved this hike. I literally gasped at the top. It was a beautiful view of the mountain! My 10 yr old and lil pups did great. Long bumpy road getting to the trailhead, but definitely worth the drive.

Did it yesterday! Just beautiful hike! Really enjoyed it and the lake is breathtaking. A must do.

Great shorter hike! We hiked on a cloudier day so visibility was limited. The huckleberries were so abundant! Two couples we staying overnight in the firelookout when we got there. The colors of fall were just starting to pop so it was beautiful to see!

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