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rock climbing
22 hours ago

First hike in the peninsula. The cascades were smoked out so we drove to mt ellinor. ellinor was smoky so we drove to storm king. Storm king was smoky but we hiked anyways.

Amazing hike. First portion is flat, wooded area that feels rainforesty, then a steep portion through beautiful forests until you start reaching rock outcroppings (and I assume without smoke, a view too). Once you reach the rock out-croppings it’s not much further until you come to the roped portions of the trail. You probably don’t really need the ropes but it makes the hike a lot more comfortable to use them. If you have a fear of heights you may get a little flustered. After the first sections of ropes there’s a little flat area with a rock outcropping that is apparently the false summit. Then you have to follow a trail through the woods to another section of ropes. Again they are not needed if you’re physically/outdoors inclined but are helpful. Eventually you will come to a chain to help you through some class 4 or 5 climbing. After you summit the chain, there’s a little notch to rest in. Looking at the trail below you, you must go right from here to reach the true summit. This is another class 4 ish climb with sketchy, chossy rock to grab onto. I only recommend this part for those who know what they’re doing or are confidently in their physical and mental demeanor. After this climb this you must hike a further and do more small climbs to reach the summit.

All-in-all, reaching what I think was the true summit I logged 8 miles.


Beautiful hike whether you stop at the first set, second sets of ropes, the chain notch, or the true summit. Only go as far as you feel comfortable... I am a rock climbing instructor & there were certainly parts where I had to take deep breaths to keep my mind together. I could see a less experienced adventurer getting stuck near the summit

Beautiful hike, smokey today from all the fires. Hikes up around 4:30am and were only accompanied by another couple and photographer for a wedding shoot. Lovely sunrise spot, the mist and clouds looked so beautiful rolling in through the mountains and evergreens. Lots of people hiking up on our way back down around 9a.m. On a Monday. Definitely a spot to get to early. Took us about an hour, hour and a half up.

hiking
1 day ago

Hike is okay. The view is nothing spectacular up top. When I got back at 10am Sunday, the parking lot was full, so get there early.

With the fire going on, there's too much smoke. And no shade. Good workout, but mediocre Vista. I'm sure it's splendid when visibility is good.

If you want to hop off your tour bus and see some easy waterfalls then you will enjoy. if you want to hike to the bottom of the falls and escape the tour buses then you will not enjoy. The hike to the bottom is just a viewing platform, you are not able to get very close to the water unfortunately.

Lots of parking and people.

Amazing views and a moderate hike. Would give 5 stars but the amount of people brings down the appeal a little bit. At 3pm on a Tuesday there were around 25 people at the top.

Been there on 2018/06/16 Saturday. Best hiking place. It is a package with nice lake at the base and very good views from the top. Very big parking lot. And nice picnic area at the lake. Good place for Kayaking in lake. Relatively near by and easily accessible from Issaquah and I-90.

Good short hike. Good elevation to get your body working. Very heavily trafficked. We reached at 8:45 am and parking was starting to get full, and while coming back there were even more people going up.
The view from the top is spectacular, only problem being the high number of people. Overall a good hike.

It is definitely a moderate trail...some really steep hills . I personally thought the view while walking was better than the water view at the top. We saw a deer as well when we reached at the top.
The trails that branch off at the top are kinda nice.
Would suggest to go on a clear day...60F and sunny will feel very very hot while walking.

Pretty hike! Way too many people...

hiking
2 days ago

First hike in the PNW and although it was great to get out... this hikes “work to reward” (views) ratio was lackluster.

hiking
3 days ago

Love the elevation gain and ascent through the different layers of forest, but the climb at the end was too unsafe to feel comfortable doing as moderately experienced hikers. Sheer drops on either side with loose dirt and thin rope tied to downed trees made it a no go for my partner and I. Bit disappointed in the views as we didn’t make it to the summit, but you still get some decent shots of crescent lake.

As a note, the entire hike we were accompanied by quite a few bees and according to other hikers, they were swarming at the summit which forced them to leave quickly.

Great hike for all skill levels. very rewarding view at the top. plenty of other trails branch off from the main trail to turn a few miles into a few days in the Olympics.

I came here twice. Once in the afternoon and another time in the morning to catch the sunrise. You could see cascade mountains on one side and Victoria, B.C on the other side. The hike is very easy and paved. There is only 1 part of the hike that has a steeper incline. It takes about 45 mins from the trailhead to the peak. It was definitely a nice hike, but not the best Olympic has to offer.

hiking
3 days ago

The view at the top was good but crowded. My favorite part was the alpine lake near the look out point. The water was so clear and cold. I went in and swam to the other side where there was still snow. Overall would recommend if you are looking for an easy and short hike with a view of Mount Rainier.

I went at 10 am on a Friday morning and it was uncomfortably packed. There were at least two scout groups of about ten to fifteen kids, and two adult groups of about ten each later up the trail. Not to mention the numerous single and double hikers. Because of the crowds the hike became unbearably slow and wasn’t tranquil. I guess I am a bit of a curmudgeonly hiker.

Having said the above, Pros: pretty views, lovely foliage, usually nice weather during the summer. Cons: going very slowly due to getting stuck behind so many crowds, listening to lots of other people’s conversations, stopping often to let others pass the opposite direction, difficulty finding parking.

I will say that this is a great hike for children because it has a fun payout for not too much effort. Just be sure to use the bathroom before you get to the trailhead because the bathrooms there are so gross.

I hope you all have a better experience than I did. :-) Happy hiking!

Did this hike last week in the rain. Was still a great hike even in the rain. It was a bit crowded compared to some other trails, but a must do. Beautiful plants and trees during the hike. Nice waterfall at the end. Very easy hike.

There was a point where you think that the hike is done by seeing the lake but then you realize that there’s still huge cliff to hike. It was hard for inexperienced hikers but very self-rewarding. If you don’t bring the national park pass then wait for a 30$ ticket that can be then used for 7 more days in the Rainier area. The lake was unfortunately pretty cold but the hike itself is really good and pretty :)

moderate hike worth the view at the top.
hiked it with my kids on a Saturday afternoon and it wasn't very busy (must have been a perfect time to go).
5 year old daughter did the trail easy up and back.
8 year old son complained the whole way (but he complains about everything).
spent time by the water after watching some hawks fish, one of them caught one. it was cool.

walking
4 days ago

Nice climb up to a decent view. A popular place! Parking was okay, but the trail and viewpoint was crowded. Lots of dogs which partly made up for the lots of people. Still, a nice, moderate hike not far from the city.

hiking
4 days ago

Not easy but the view was more than worth it!

Awesome view good work out!

Amazing, had such a good time

Firstly: to get to the trail you have to drive about 15 miles on lose gravel. If you have a small car, you will want to go slow unless you don't care to spend money on issues that could be avoided because it is rough. If you have a car that is high off the ground and has the appropriate tires, then you may not have to go as slow but just be careful. Otherwise, this trail is moderate with some strenuous uphill sections, but the distance makes it doable because it is not very long. Trail is well kept, easy to follow. I did not have any issues with bugs or mosquitos at all. I mean there were just a few of them but it wasn't like there were herds of flies following me, although at the tower I did spray some just a few times. This trail is BEAUTIFUUUUUL. The lakes are gorgeous and it is so worth the effort and the drive!! It is like a hidden gem.

Amazingly not much crowd at 5 pm today ... wonderful trail !!

trail running
6 days ago

Very crowded but good bang for your buck - quick out and back that can take less than 2 hours. Great view from the top!

Beautiful views the entire way up! Loved this hike!

hiking
7 days ago

One of the best hikes I’ve been on. The view at the very top was definitely worth the climb and for that insta pic. The hike was mostly uphill the whole way with ropes to help you climb the steep edges of the mountain near the top. Coming down from the hike was tough in running shoes due to the steepness and loose ground. We were the only group at the top so got to enjoy the scenic view to ourselves. Would definitely recommend!

Beautiful view when you get to the top. Definitely worth the hike.

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.

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