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hiking
14 days ago

The hike wasn’t too bad for someone who isn’t very athletic like myself. It was just very long so prepare for that! My boyfriend and I went out today for my birthday and we wore many layers but ended up getting drenched in rain water, river water (you have to cross many, some can get up to mid calf in depth) and ended up turning around before we actually reached Goat Lake because we were worried we wouldn’t make it back before sundown. We hiked Lower Elliot on the way to the lake and Upper Elliot on the way back.. which we recommend because taking Upper Elliot back allows you to descend most of the time. Our advice: wear rain boots in the rainy seasons, dress in layers, maybe bring food because of how long the hike is (took us 4+ hours and remember we didn’t even make it to the lake), and start out early so you can take your time!

First snow hike of the season!

A must climb if you are just starting out and have big dreams of climbing!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice day heading up to Goat Lake. There is some snow on the trail but not deep or icy. Road is very potholed on the way to trail but manageable. Hike was very pretty, beautiful forest and Mountain View’s and pretty easy going.

1 month ago

12/8/18
Took the lower trail out and upper trail back. Definitely recommend taking both trails as on the lower you get views of the river and upper you get better views of the mountains. Upper trail is a bit longer so be prepared for that if you use it for the way back. Both are well maintained and it's a fairly easy hike.
The lake is absolutely stunning and views of the mountains and waterfalls won't disappoint!
Still now snow cover as of date above, although some icy spots during stream crossings. Mountain loop highway has no snow as well. Dirt portion is in a bit of rough shape so low cars might struggle with all the pot holes.

Did this hike today, no snow, very flat, just really long. There were a couple of little creeks to pass over, nothing crazy. We didn't finish the hike, it would have been dark by the time we got back and we waited to be leaving before it got dark. I would definitely plan on leaving earlier next time. Only saw a few people didn't seem to be a very popular hike but it was very well kept, looked like it was recently serviced! Other than a few potholes on the way up the road to the trailhead and our poor time management it was a pretty nice hike.

The hike now has snow on the upper half. Bring your mini crampons if you can. Also be prepared for a drastic change in temperature once you reach the top

backpacking
1 month ago

Spent 4 days backpacking here with a student group. Being from South Carolina, this hike was insane. It is even harder with a pack. I have never seen views and been in altitudes like this hike before doing it! What a great trail. Tough part towards the top as someone from a flat area, but worth the slow and steady climb. Still can’t believe this is just a day hike for some folk...

hiking
1 month ago

10/13 (late entry). Beautiful hike. Did day hike in and out. Many were camped at the lower lake. A person was fishing lower Royal.

hiking
1 month ago

This glacier is unlike anything I've ever seen! After an hour or so of moderate climbing, you exit the treeline over several creeks. Just a few minutes later, you come across the glacier, which, even at its smallest in mid-fall, was enormous. We occasionally heard it creaking and cracking as it melted. You can continue up the hill to a flat boulder that offers the most amazing view of Baker I've ever seen, with the glacier in foreground. We continued up further to Baker base camp, which involved a lot of scrambling (we didn't have poles). While that was even better, the standard Heliotrope trail is amazing by itself.

the best views, and no snow! beautiful, well maintained trail, clearly marked. started from the upper trail head, 8 miles round trip. highly recommend, very much worth the work.

hiking
2 months ago

Great long hike with rewarding views at the end. There are beautiful waterfalls along the way.

In this time the season we couldn’t get to far due to the ice over creeks. Come very very prepared for ice. Overall a great hike, just wish we could do it all. Come early and don’t start too late.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely stunning. We did this hike in a day that was supposed to be rainy but for the most part there were no rain. The trail was very beautiful, it was among these trees, mosses, fallen leaves and ferns. It was one of the most beautiful trails I've seen in Washington.
The hike is super moderate and the gain is very gradual. We did the loop, taking the Upper Elliot trail hiking up and Lower Elliot trail hiking down. My AllTrails app says 11.4 miles total. We walked around the lake too.
At this time of year, there were many waterfalls on the way up and also around the lake itself. All were really gorgeous. I should also mention, we took highway 530 and the tree colors were really beautiful.

backpacking
2 months ago

Went backpacking with my daughter, her 1st trip and it was a perfect blend of difficulty and reward. At the top of Ingalls pass,we did get confused on how tondrop down into headlight basin as there were branches placed blocking what looked like the obvious way down, but after a bit of a scramble we made it. plenty of creeks for water. Recommend scrambling up to the lake from the basin (counterclockwise) as there were hardly any people. once we got to the lake there were himers who took the clockwise trail to the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Rain at the TH turned into a blizzard at higher elevations, covering the trail. Got as far as the ridge then turned back for safety. Still a fun experience and beautiful view even through the precipitation.

The last time I hiked this trail was when I was in my late 30’s/early 40’s and I haven’t been up there since, which was back in the mid 80’s. I’m 72 now and still wanting to do that hike again. Your reward for hiking to the top is the view you get when you get there. Be sure the weather report for the day of your hike is for clear weather because you will be able to see almost all of the Puget Sound and Vancouver Island, Vancouver and Victoria, BC all the big cities in Puget Sound and when you turn around you see all the snow covered peaks of the Olympic Range. The view up there is what it’s all about, so if you haven’t been there yet, you should go.

This is is right in the middle of a busy area but is unknown! Disclaimer: this hike is not 12 miles it’s just over 14 RT! The hike to trap lake is easy to follow. After that it becomes more difficult. As the other reviewer said once you get to the junction of the PCT follow the sketchiest trail to the left that kind of hugs the cliff line. I would suggest bringing GPS as from here it gets difficult at times and easy to loose the trail. We had it out most of the way through the bouldering part just to make sure we were close to the trail. Well worth the soreness from 14 miles and close to 4K gain! Thunder mountain lake was incredible! Trail was quite icy in many sections above trap lake. No snow as of yesterday but the snow level is expected to drop tonight to 4K so I’m sure this info will not be correct soon!

hiking
2 months ago

Was intimidated by the length but it was totally worth it. Beautiful. Lots of waterfalls along the way. Trail gets a little sloppy at times, meaning it was unmarked and we were a bit unsure but it was still easy to follow. Towards the end it was a bit uphill and tiring but tolerable. Will for sure recommend. We saw a total of three people the entire hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Really a lot of fun- agree that Lower Elliott is a lot more interesting with water views and lots of up and down. The middle flats are pretty through the birch forests and easy...the switchbacks just below the lake will kick you a little after that but the lake views are worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a moderate hike for the most part, the last 0.75 mile is mostly just navigating through giant boulders and are harder than I was prepared for. Them cairns are a lifesaver if you navigate without a trail map. The lake in itself is gorgeous, Ingalls peak as backdrop is what makes it so much better. I took the short and steep route on my way to and from. Got lost like five times on the way back, would highly recommend a trail map for this one. Took me 6hrs RT. 3.5 hrs to get to the lake and 2.5 hrs (and I forcefully slowed down on my way back to spare my knee a day of recovery). I somehow missed the goats. But other hikers mentioned there were 7 of them. If you can peel your eyes away from the trail, Mt Stuart is just such a stunner. Definitely gonna go back on a summer day.

Also, the drive along teenaway road was just out of the world this fall!

hiking
2 months ago

generally: moderate hike a few hours from seattle with varied lansdcape with mountain views and gorgeous alpine lake at the end
trailhead: road unpaved from last few miles, doable in any vehicle though, parking at trailhead and along road, decently crowded on a weekend as this is the trailhead for numerous hikes/backpacks
trail: good condition, not overgrown, near lake becomes a bit of a scramble over large rocks/boulders but doable
scenery: gorgeous mountain views on way up, alpine lake at top, backpacking sites before the lake in meadow area; in october amazing larches
saw ~ dozen people,mostly backpackers heading out

Great hike, beautiful views 8 miles round trip from upper parking lot, bring plenty of water. well maintained trail.

This hike is a hidden gem. Once you make your way past the second lake you’ll come to a spot where you can continue the PCT. The trail to Thunder Lake Mountain will be a bit harder to make out and is left of the PCT. Be prepared to scramble the last 1/3 of the hike and occasionally lose the trail. Don’t fret, just follow some of the rock piles and be observant for where the trail will pick up again (usually the grassier areas).

10.21.18
Very busy until the fork where we took the climbers route.

2 months ago

Awesome hike with great views the whole time. The first part is exposed to a view of the mountains, then transitions back into rocky ranges as you make your way towards the lake. Most of the trail is an easy incline and pleasant. The last fourth of the trail to the lake is the most challenging, requiring some scrambling over rocks if you lose the easily lose-able trail. The lake is gorgeous. We went up in about 2.5 hours and down in a little under 2 hours. 5-hour trip total including the stop at the lake. The larches had already turned but still very recommended. The drive to/from Seattle is stunning.

Completed this trail on October 17th. We went for larches and goats and we saw tons of both! The trail is a moderate/hard perfectly graded the entire way! Seriously impressed on the upkeep of this trail. I will be back to do this again. No knee pain or toe crunching on the way down which makes for a perfect hike.

my dog and I had a wonderful hike. my dog went to swim in the lake and she loved it!

on Lake Ingalls

3 months ago

Beautiful larches. Left seattle at 5.30am, trailhead at 8.15. 2.5 up. Top for 1 hour. Little over 2 down.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike!! The fallen leaves, old growth forest, interesting mushroom groves, waterfalls, and ending at the the lake. Loved it!

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