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We arrived at the trailhead at 8:40am today. We find a parking spot in the parking lot. The trail was not very busy when we hike. The view at the top was stunning! It’s a relatively easy trail in my opinion, not so much as moderate. When we hike down, the amount of people gets larger and we feel fortunate to start early.

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6 hours ago

The view is worth it. Small parking - must get early or after 2PM.

hiking
13 hours ago

Such a beautiful and relatively easy trail. Went on it in May and there was still snow up at the lake. The trail itself is beautifully routed through the lush forest with multiple views of small waterfalls and grand views once you reach the portion of the switch backs. Be careful when walking on the log stairs as your foot may slip as mine did and you’ll take a log to the knee. But sore knee aside, this lake was truly breathtaking and the scenic drive out to it also matched in its beauty. You will need to purchase a North Forrest Park Pass prior to going as a heads up.

Started the trail at 830 am to avoid a lot of the crowd but it was still pretty packed at that time of day (probably because it’s a weekend). Moderate hike to Rattlesnake ledge and the view was definitely worth it! We continued on to Eastridge (I think that’s what it was called) which is 2.4 miles up from Rattlesnake ledge. There is a great view if Mt Si from the top with a bench to enjoy the view.

I went a couple months ago on a Monday afternoon and it was still crazy busy! The view is beautiful and the hike up was very scenic.

1 day ago

beautiful view

hiking
2 days ago

Beginner friendly trail. Just wear proper shoes. Beautiful and very scenic! If you bring your dogs, please keep them on a leash and clean up after them or that will only ruin it for all of us who are responsible dog owners that love hiking with them! Can get pretty crowded... make sure you get there as early as you can if you don't want to walk dodging crowds of people along the trail!!!

hiking
2 days ago

Pretty fun, simple trail to do in our spare time.

Awesome hike with great views of the mountains and wildlife. Saw lots of deer, a bear family with mom and three cubs, a marmot. Can be windy and chilly when the sun is covered. Fairly easy hike.

The lake is absolutely beautiful! It is my favorite lake I have hiked to in Washington so far. The trail is rocky and was kind of wet in spots, which always makes me extra cautious. The waterfalls were an added bonus. I wish it wasn't such a busy trail, but it is easy to understand why it is.

such a great experience!! This place was my first mountain hike ever. Seeing those kinds of beautiful view made me so much interested doing mountain hiking. It inspired me alot and that I won’t never forget this place. After I went here last 2 months ago, I started to do more hiking trails and discover myself that i love hiking.

Gets steep at the top but the overall hike itself is easy and doable. For the hike, the views at the top are breathtaking. Recommend hike for all Seattlelites and visitors to the area

Trail is closed July 11-18, July 25-August 1, August 8-15, August 22-29! Happy adventuring :)

Had a great day the trail varied from rocks,bridges,dirt the lake was gorgeous but cold we jumped off a rock on the far right side and it was amazing I will return again and I'm glad it was Tuesday because it was still well populated

this was my very first hike. I made some mistakes. if you are going with more experienced hikers distribute the weight of bags thoughtfully. I had a backpack and it was way too heavy it made the experience way more hard than it needed to be. Learned a lesson! Also might wanna go with someone patient and helpful if you are a beginner. I had to stop a lot. Also remember to stretch! The view tho. so beautiful

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5 days ago

Hiked on Sunday with my pup and a group of friends. Trail was rockier than expected and also pretty muddy. The bugs at the lake render it nearly impossible to take a break but the views are stunning nonetheless. I'm in good shape and it took me about 3 hours down and back with minimal breaks.

also: arrived at the parking lot at 9:30 and was lucky to find a spot. evidently later in the day cars were towed for parking on the street so get there early or late but not between 10-2!

We got to the parking lot at 5:30 and it took us about 1 hour 15 minutes round trip. Late afternoon was a good time to visit - not crowded and the setting sun creates some beautiful views along the trail.

You may want some bug spray. The mosquitoes were not bad but there were some flying about. A little citronella insurance policy might serve you well.

The falls are pretty and you can get quite close. The two foot bridges are picturesque, particularly the narrow one made from logs.

Easy walking until you get to the bridges, then there is a short climb to the falls. I would suggest going left on the loop and coming back down time same way. The lower falls view is superior to the upper view and the path is easier.

Definitely worth the time.

We were so lucky today! Got there later than we wanted but visibility was excellent! Great trail over all! Besides all the peaks, we also saw a bear down in valley, many deer close to trail and a screaming marmot! There is a slow down because of construction and trail is closed every other week.

hiking
6 days ago

Did this on Sunday afternoon (July 8th) to avoid the crowd, which turned out to be a good strategy. I arrived at the trailhead at about 6pm, and it took me about 75 minutes to get to the lake. Along the way there wan't much people around and there was a part that's very rocky, so watch your steps. As your approach the lake, you will see more and more mosquitoes so bring a spray. The lake is quite and clear. I give it 4 star because there isn't much else to see along the way up, but it is a pretty good workout.

Backpacked this loop on 7/7 - 7/8. Going clock-wise with a long 1st day (15 miles) and camped at Dear Lake, out 2nd day. The trail still has snow at the peak of High Divide but footprints were simple to follow. The basin was still full of snow and all basin lakes were still frozen, which was kinda disappointing. If you plan to come for basin lakes' photos, maybe 2-3 more weeks will be much better.

Great for children!

Hiked this trail a couple days ago, on Friday afternoon. New trail to me, and a bit out of shape, but felt like this hike was a good workout with a reward at the top!
Be prepared for a steady incline that gets your heart rate up, and know that this is a popular trail...lots of people and traffic... do your best to follow hiker etiquette!
It's a long way to the top, but you'll definitely be rewarded for your hard work when you see the views! Love that the lake is there, too...great spot for a family day with multiple things to do and see. Will be visiting again, for sure!

Use the directions through this app to get there because I’ve had friends directed to a different place when they looked up the location. Parking is free! The lake at the bottom of the trail is so beautiful. It looks even better once you’ve reached the top. This hike is as busy as everyone says it is. Sadly, people leave their trash around, like pistachio shells, gum, etc.

Beautiful! High traffic on the weekends.

Not a bad hike but a lot of people at the top. I’d recommend going before 8am if you want to avoid the crowds.

A most excellent hike today.

The trail is well maintained and there is a lot to see. Deer and marmots were sighted along the trail at a number of points.

There were times when the cloud cover was heavy but it was countered by some great vistas.

Suggestions:
1. Wear layers. The temperature can vary during the hike. It was 48°F when we started.
2. Watch for baby marmots - they pop up by their parents from time to time!
3. There's a lot of Flora to observe on the way, including wild sage - it smells great!

Enjoy!

The trail itself is kind of boring. It's a nice forest and all, but it's a bit monotonous, not to mention, very busy and you may have to park quite a ways away. there's also no views until literally the very, very end of the trail.. not even a glimpse. the view at the end though IS stunning, but gd it people, don't play music on trails and stay to the right when you can.

It was beautiful at the top but get there before 7. Very busy and most people there have zero trail etiquette

Very good trail. Not a lot of elevation, so good for beginners too. Remember to keep your bug spray

This was my second hike. Hard, but rewarding when you got to the top.

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