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amazing view in the top.

Hiked from Granite Creek trailhead to Granite Lake on December 8. Trail was frosty and icey most of the way. Snow level was around 3000', but the trail didn't have snowpack on it until the lake. Microspikes were helpful for the ice, but not essential.

nature trips
5 days ago

great work out still feeling it. some snow up top also

Definitely a work out on the way up!

hiking
6 days ago

chilly but beautiful day hike.

pretty views and great trail for beginner to intermediate hikers

way to over crowned its like the pumpkin spice latte of hiking.

Great hike! It was chilly today and we didn’t bring enough layers but still very fun!

hiking
10 days ago

Over crowded trail.

Beautiful little hike on a beautiful day! I wasn’t expecting such an awesome view of Rainier within the first hour of the hike. And then Red Mountain which is very unique. Of course the actual Katwalk goes without saying it was truly stunning & unique.

Sadly, two days after we had done this trail there was news that someone had fell. So be careful out there everyone! Happy & safe hiking...

Relaxing, safe, easy walk. great views and people- and dog-watching.

One of my favorites of the Seattle Tinder pic circuit. The views at the top are so so amazing and the hike is a bit challenging.

hiking
14 days ago

A fairly easy trail with amazing views at the top!

Great hike all around! Bonus was at the top had several birds eating nuts right out of my hand with snow flurries :)

BEAUTIFUL Hike! Worth the destination AND the journey. There are three ledge lookouts. Most people just stopped at the first before turning back. It's worth hiking another 1/4 mile or so to the next two ledges. the All Trails Topo map makes it easy to find them. I went on a Thursday. There were definitely others on the trail, but not nearly as crowded as it appears to be on the weekend. If I lived in the area, this would be a reocurring hike for me.

hiking
15 days ago

Great views

hiking
17 days ago

Absolutely beautiful trail.

When i came back to my car they had broken the window. I had nothing of value in the car. Maybe leave your doors unlocked? I will not be back.

Excellent trail, well maintained. Nice path, very gorgeous view. It was Smokey the day we completed so could have been better, but we did expect that!

hiking
18 days ago

This was a bucket list hike for me. This hike is by no means easy, it is one of the shortest hikes I have done all year with the longest for me drive time. The road is washed out so you have to hike two or 3 miles to the trailhead. I did this hike in October 2018. I'm glad I did this hike but definitely not one of my favorite hikes of the year. The trail is very narrow and steep up hill until you get to the first lake where it flattens out a bit. Before you get to the first lake you have to crawl over a 6ft or so rock wall. to get to blanca lake (which is a day use only area) it is a steep, treacherous descent. I saw a lot of people on this trail mainly when I was leaving and a couple who didn't think the trail was going to be that hard. When i visited in October there was ice at the lake and the shores of the lake were a lot on the stinky side. This place is very beautiful, but very hard hiking. There is a bathroom at the true trailhead, but it was locked when I visited due to the road washout. Bring lots of water, snacks and electrolytes, you will definitely need it. I would not recommend this trail for anyone new to hiking, families or anyone out of shape.

hiking
19 days ago

Solid climb and nice views, but the soundscape is dominated by I-90 nearly the entire way.

Excellent trail that is great for beginners. As other reviews state it is an extremely busy trail so try to get started as early as possible to get a good spot at the top. If you are so inclined bring a trash bag to help pick up the litter, unfortunately people leave quite a lot of trash at the top.

If you're feeling froggy when you reach the lower ledge keep hiking up another mile or so and you can get to the middle ledge, which is much less crowded and offers the same amazing views. I haven't made it to the highest ledge yet but that's the goal for next time!

It was a bit crowded but well maintained and beautiful weather on the 50 degree sunny late November day.

hiking
20 days ago

we did the route today with the dog, was muddy being shoes with good tread as not to slip, long waits for lines of hikers literally lines of 5-10 people at about 9am, if you hike before 8am you should be ok. trail was nice being trekking poles

hiking
21 days ago

My husband and I hiked the trail on Thanksgiving day and was caught in a snow storm. Dropped about 8" of snow on top of the already deep snow. The Katwalk was very windy and icy so we decided to turn around and not chance it. We hiked back to the trail head as it got dark. Beautiful day!

Fantastic view!

24 days ago

Beautiful hike

It was great hiking . It was hard but safe !!!

it’s almost an hour hike to the top and 1 hour return, very beautiful on the top, but super dangerous. Totally not recommended for those who hike with kids, some people have fallen and died from the ledge, but it worth it, amazing view when you reach the ledge.

We needed more time! Almost made it to the top. We will be back!

My favorite Seattle hike when the mountains feel too far away. Just watch out for all the trail runners;)

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