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Had a great hike with KR on 8/14. We started from the lower trail head. The trail started easy and slowly the grade increased. For the last km form the summit the trail was rocky and quite demanding. We saw a mountain goat at the top. We took the summer tail in and out and it took us 5 hours. This would have been a 5 Star hike but views were limited due to smoke from area Forrest fires. It was still worth it and a great first hike in Olympia Park.

Busy easy hike. Beautiful waterfall!

Beautiful views the entire way up! Loved this hike!

I wish I'd done this on a clearer day, I'd been looking forward to it all summer. I hiked it yesterday, 8/12, and it was both cloudy and hazy from fire smoke. I knew it would be, but decided to be optimistic and try it. At least the bugs were not too bad!
I would say that the hike itself is not quite worth it unless the scenery from the top is clear, as I've heard the views are quite amazing on good weather days. I found the hike to be tedious and a bit unexciting, though the steep rock scrambling near the top is pretty fun.
I'll blame the weather on being underwhelmed. I plan to try again in the future!

nature trips
2 days ago

Short, easy trail to a beautiful waterfall. Numerous No Pet signs, but we encountered two fellow hikers who thought they were "special". Each had dogs! Folks, rules exist for a reason. We called each of these gentlemen out for their wrongdoing, but neither cared at the moment. We need to be the stewards of these beautiful areas! Oh, mosquitoes were minimal today.

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.

Probably would’ve given this 4 stars if it weren’t for the crowds. The trail is short and easy, so it’s hard to spread out from others, especially at the end. The trail is very pretty though, although we found the trail 7-8 miles before it off the road to be nicer just in terms of serenity as well the rainforest type scenery (the name escapes me).

Just did this hike today. It was cloudy and foggy so no views. We did see a Mt Goat. The hike was challenging and fun. It just gets steeper as you go. So I also tracked the hike with my Garmin watch. Total distance from the lower trailhead was 6.7 miles. We really didn't take any detours so not sure where the 5.3 miles listed above comes from. Maybe they didn't go all the way to the top? We had 3590 feet of elevation gain but that is with a GPS altimeter so may not be perfectly accurate but I think it is closer to reality than that which is listed above. So be prepared and have a great time.

Wow! This trail was amazing. It was more difficult than expected.... straight incline pretty much the whole way up and because it’s mostly above the tree line it got pretty hot with no shade. But it was worth it! The views were amazing and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. We saw a marmot, but that was really the only wildlife. It’s a mile and a half past the Hurricane Ridge visitor center and we made the mistake of parking there and walking down to the trail head. The guy at the visitor center said there wouldn’t be any parking and acted like it was no biggee to just walk to the trailhead, but it’s a steep decline there and felt even steeper coming back on a curvy road and no shoulder or sidewalks, so it was a little nerve wracking. So... advice... try the trailhead parking lots first and if there isn’t any parking, park at the visitor center as a last resort. Otherwise, it was really beautiful!

hiking
4 days ago

It was nice, very easy little hike out to the lookout decks.

This is such a beautiful area. We loved wandering through the rainforest with our three kids: 6,4,2

Awesome trail. Beautiful views. It was a bit intense for our 4 and 2 year old (carried them a fair amount) but our 6 year old was a total champ.

This was fun. The kids enjoyed it. So did we :)

easy short hike to beautiful falls, the mosquitos/flys were bad (use bug repellent or where long sleeves.) this is a very well maintained, very trafficked trail. visited during a Monday afternoon at the end of July and the trail / parking lot were packed.

we hiked here in the evening, didn't have enough time to hike the whole thing but we enjoyed the 2 miles or so we did hike, trail starts out in the trees then goes down a large hill to the spit. good spot for bird watching, we saw bald eagles. nice ocean view with the mountains in the distance.

hiked this trail yesterday evening. the trail was well maintained, there was so much wildlife we saw deer, marmots, mountain goats, and multiple grouse with chicks. the trail was worth the leg burn.

It is muddy and slippery in some places, but the view points at the end are spectacular. We got to see nesting Murres and listen to their cute calls.

To get to the trail you have to go through about 5 miles of rocky road - heads up. Trail started out at steady incline through forested trees that were pretty and kept me shaded which was good. Once you come out though it’s nothing but a straight climb up rocks and a steady incline up the mountain. Had to take a couple breaks and I’m a pretty experienced hiker. Huge horse flies on the way up which were annoying and I would say the trail wasn’t marked clearly for the rock part. The top was crowded with people and horse flies. The view was just eh because it was foggy so pictures were hard to get from any angle. The trip back down the trail was tough on the knees, quads, calves -pretty much entire legs lol but I finished it. Not sure i would climb it again. It’s three days later and I’m still sore all over my legs. Bring lots of water - for the steep incline rock part. I went through 64oz by the time I was done.

Highly recommend going on a clear day. No bug issues. Hardest hike I’ve ever done but so glad I did it. Lots of chipmunks, birds and a few goat sightings on our visit 8/2/18. Beautiful and majestic.

Visited on the first day being open during the temp construction closure periods. Friends and I camped the night before at Heart o the Hills so it made an early arrival that much easier. Also it helped that we are from the east coast and all woke up at 5am local time with no alarm clock.
Upon arrival we drove past the visitor center right to the picnic area parking and then walked to the trail head. Once on the trail it was easy to follow with almost no way to get off course. The ascent was easier than I had expected with only a few steep spots. We encountered many deer on the trail easily in a arms reach. Some were so close the thought of being gored by a deer entered my head. Fortunately that didnt happen. Needless to say the views are stunning the entire way. At Hurricane Hill we saw (what are labeled in the visitor center as) mountain beavers. From the approach to the hilltop these things would stick their heads up and then duck down again. They are elusive animals but dont leave your stuff unattended. I felt like they were a pack of velociraptors. The leader would stand up right in front of us a few yards away as a distraction. Meanwhile it would send its subordinates around the sides to go steal our stuff or eat us. But we lived. We had the entire trail to ourselves for about 30 min after we hit Hurricane Hill. Once we spotted some others heading up we moved on down the trail. A short while later there was a snowbank. Being from FL it was amazing even though it was hard, compact, and somewhat dirty. The clouds were stuck down in the valley maybe around the 3000 ft area. Not sure how it normally is but we had clear visibility for as far as you could see but only the mountains poked up through the sea of clouds. Would do this trail again in a heartbeat. What a treasure that has preserved for all to see.

Hiked this today, such a shame the view from the top was super bad because of a local fire, it was really smokey up there. Also the theme of the day from other hikers I encountered seemed to be “it’s so much longer than I thought!”. My strava GPS had this at 11kms there and back. The trail was super easy to follow and there was beautiful wildflowers especially towards the top of the mountain. The last road there is gravel but actually in pretty good shape. I’m sure when the conditions are better and the view from the top is clear it’s amazing, however without that it was a bit of too much effort for not enough reward for me, sadly.

hiking
8 days ago

Walking on the Spit was great. going out to the light house was way too much for me to do. Starting from the parking lot down to the beach, and out to the log stuck in the ground was 1.75 miles. Just enough for me to do. My wife as able to walk quit a distance more. The hill heading back up from the brach has an incline of about 40 deg. Quite steep. we than walked on the upper trails which was a lot flatter and easy to walk.
Getting on the spit there is a fee of 3$ for the day. well worth it.

Absolutely beautiful! Stunning views! We took the pups but it was too rugged for their paws. The first half of the trail is wooded and like any other trail we’ve taken them on but the second half is extremely rocky and not great for dogs paws.

backpacking
8 days ago

Awesome short hike..bring BUG SPRAY, there are lots of mosquitos.

hiking
9 days ago

This was a great casual hike. Lots to see and well maintained. I would definitely do it again.

Awesome leg burner! Recommend getting there EARLY and bring your best camera AND bug spray! Saw lots of goats and got amazing photos! The way down is almost as hard as the way up and the rock climbing section is pretty challenging.

9 days ago

Beautiful beach to wander around. A few cool rock croppings to explore and climb on. There was also a giant pile of accumulated drift trees between trail end and beach we had to climb over - some areas easier than others.

Beautiful walk on the beach - mostly sand but some pebbly areas. Spotted a bald eagle in the top of a tree about halfway there. Also enjoyed exploring the tide pools around the Hole-in-the-wall to see all the creatures living there: hermit crabs, baby fish, sea anemones.

on Mount Ellinor Trail

11 days ago

My 22yr old son picked this climb, I trusted that it would be moderate, never again. We got to the upper trailhead late at 7pm. (Note, the gravel road up is pretty rutted and squirrely.) We knew we had to make the summit by 8:30 to see the sun set. We covered the 1st mile in about the 30 min but the upper stretch is very tough. I spent much less time looking for goats then making sure my feet kept moving. Around every bend was another climb through the boulders. All that aside, the top is epic. It was crystal clear making the view fantastic all the way to Rainier. The hike down after sunset would have been okay but my headlamp died leaving us with one cellphone flashlight resulting in a few bruises and scrapes. The top was worth the effort, just make sure you have excellent mosquito repelent (we did) and a backup headlamp (we didn't) for the descent.

This trail was everything I hoped it would be! Sufficiently challenging for our fitness level with so much beauty all around as we hiked toward the top & amazing views when we arrived at the top! We saw deer along the way, a mountain goat & some sooty grouse. We were fortunate that the trail happen to be open the days we were there, as it was closed before & after our visit.

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