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hiking
16 hours ago

We really enjoyed hiking this trail in such a beautiful and sunny day in Fall. Fabulous view at the top. The sky completely clear and sunny. Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, and Glacier peak were clearly visible. Lake Elan, Lake Copper and Spada lake were also easily visible. Lake Elan was looking very white (like a lake of milk) due to ice and snow reflection. It was a great view.
The driving was fine, there were a few potholes, but any car can make it. I had a sedan and it was fine. Parking is small, but the trail is not crowded, and we didn’t have problem finding parking.
The trail is starting among the woods and we crossed 3 streams. Then it becomes rocky. Last 1.7 miles were snowy/icy and very steep. Having micro-spikes help a lot. It was really slippery.
My AllTrails recording measured 7.6 miles round-trip and 4170 ft elevation gain.

hiking
19 hours ago

Great hike but definitely not an easy hike. Incline most of the day with little switchbacks to change up the hike but the lake and views of Rainier make it totally worth it.

hiking
4 days ago

We didn’t have ideal weather which impacts my rating a bit. Extremely foggy and misted a bit but it was still a great, challenging hike. Saw several groups of mountain goats along the way up to and at the peak. The fog did manage to part for about 10 minutes while we were at the top so we could see some of the nearby peaks and the lake below. Down seemed to take a lot longer than up, but that was probably mental because of the weather.

backpacking
5 days ago

We did the hike from the lower trailhead. We lucked out with the weather - November 12th and sunny, temps in the mid 40s, but this hike is such a workout that we shed our coats pretty quickly. No snow anywhere on the trail, a few parts were slightly muddy. The first part through the forest is very pleasant, but fairly steep already. After the merge with the upper trail, it becomes very steep, and very rocky. Our lab is pretty fit and used to hiking, but she was not happy crossing one section which is all big rocks (an old rock slide?). Other than that, the trail is wonderfully maintained - fresh log railings and LOTS of rock steps. Beware, what was supposed to be a 5.3 mile hike was really more like 8.9 miles according to our smart watches - and sure felt like it, too! The views from the top are amazing and get progressively better the higher you go, so it's definitely worth it, but next time we may consider leaving the doggo behind.

beautiful hike! Gotta love up hill!

hiking
6 days ago

Pretty stout little hike. Made it up about 3.5 miles then we turned back due to snow and ice. We had trek poles but you probably want to bring some ice gripper if you intend to summit. Couple spots where the trail was washed out up where it was snow covered, not to hard to cross just be careful. Lots of nice running creeks along the way, which I like cuz I will just bring a water bottle, water filtration/treatment device and collect water as needed throughout the day. Hate packing a days worth of water.

trail running
6 days ago

Started right at dawn, ran into lots of snow around mile 3.5 from the trailhead. Fairly quiet on the trail, saw only 10 people and 4 dogs all on my way down. Did the southern peak as well although no visible trail could be found.

Beautiful trail! Not too hard getting up as it only takes an hour to get to the ridge views. Made it up in hiking shoes only although it was snowy throughout and a bit icy. The views are worth every minute! Definitely doing this one again soon.

This was my second time hiking Mount Ellinor. It was a beautiful hike not as difficult as the last time I hiked it .We had a great day and beautiful views Definitely recommend this hike ..

My favorite hike of the year. Lots of snow the last third of the hike. Super sunny day. Stunning.

very cool and well worth the hike. this was our first actual hike so it's hard to measure it against anything. pretty steep incline but we'll marked trails and plenty of stuff to see. people along the way were very friendly. had an unbelievable time.....yes well worth it. ad thank you to those of you who donate your time to keep those trails looking the way they do.

hiking
13 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. Went on October 19th which apparently was the perfect time between when all the last year's snow had melted and right before the next year's snow started to hit so I had minimal trouble making the scramble up to Trapper's Peak. Would do it again in a heartbeat. Two things I would recommend to any one looking to do this:

1) Bring a high clearance and/or 4-wheel drive vehicle. The road up is bumpy, gravel-y, somewhat narrow, and steep. I drove a low clearance compact car up it and had my tires spin a couple times going up some of the hills. I was also somewhat surprised I didn't pop any tires going up or down it. This was also when the road was in good condition and without any precipitation so again I would recommend caution with an every day city driver on this road

2) Bring a buddy. I went by myself and wish I brought someone else along. The common sense of this being a safe practice became obvious to me over the course of the hike as I saw only 1 other human on my way up. A fall or dangerous encounter with wildlife would have dire consequences here. Additionally, I feel this would have been good for the scramble up Trapper's Peak. The trail up there is not maintained and, as such, is easy to lose track of. I decided to call it before getting to what I believe was the top because I was afraid I would lose myself down a game trail and not be sure how to get back, especially considering my fatigue level at that point. Having another person to bounce ideas off of and try to identify where the trail was going next would have been very welcome.

hiking
13 days ago

The lower trail was really scenic with a nice forest view, I would only do this part once.

The upper trail was AMAZING and very tough during the last stretch of it.. It was pretty hard to find the trail due to the big rocks and the hard incline up. The whole trail had great lookouts. though. The top was really cold, but that was expected. We made the sunset in time.

Definitely one of my favorite hikes ever and I would do the upper trail over and over again

We forgot that daylights savings meant an hour less of sunlight, so we didn’t quite make it all the way to the top, will be doing again :)

the roots and rope climbing sections here are definitely a highlight

Hiked the Sand Point trail as an out and back. Wanted to do the entire loop but it was raining pretty heavily, high tide had come in and the presence of a mama bear and her cubs down the beach where we were going to go also made us reconsider. No matter. This trail is absolutely gorgeous and has everything. Majestic forests with towering trees, ferns blanketing the forest floor, ocean views. It is an extremely easy trail as it is an improved path and/or boardwalks all throughout. In the rain though, the boardwalk gets slick so use caution when walking (I even fell once walking slightly too fast). We definitely want to come back and do the Cape Alava Trail and then explore the beach at low tide. It’s kind of hard to get to as the roads are windy and there’s pretty much nothing else out that way but I recommend anyone to make the special trip.

Late entry from Fall last year. It was amazing views of Baker, and Mount Shuksan. It was clear day that day. Amazing views at the summit. It was worth it every sweats and to be rewarded with such of beauty..
The signs were pretty visible from the main highway. 12 miles of dirt road to the trailhead. Very narrow dirt roads and uphills. Compact car is doable. 4000 ft to the trailhead. And it’s about 6000 ft or more to hike to the summit.

hiking
21 days ago

Drove up in a SUV, drove slower to avoid the potholes. Saw some cars in the parking lot, so doable. In a previous comment, someone mentioned it is more like a walk. It is not. Right off the bat, you start with a 2 mile climb to the first ridge., approximately 1 hour up. Definitely not a beginner’s hike. The views from the ridge are spectacular. You can continue for another 2.5 miles, climbing on and off to the top ridge ( another hour or less).
We had sunny skies, clouds coming in as we left. Would highly recommend this hike!

backpacking
21 days ago

Backpacked out here on 10/26, hiked in on the Cape Alava trail, then South along the beach. This is much easier to do at low tide! Be aware as of that day there is a mother black bear with two cubs who doesn't seem to be terribly afraid of humans. It's a beautiful flat trail with wonderful views of rock formations and the opportunity to see Petroglyphs. I'll definitely be back.

hiking
22 days ago

Superb hike with great view of Mt Baker.

Very nice hike. 12 miles round trip from parking lot. It was a beautiful rain-free day in between two rainy weeks. 360 views up top the haystack, from mount Rainier to mount Baker and everything in between. Some minimal ice/frost near the top. Just the right number of people on this trail!

hiking
22 days ago

Wonderful hike with an amazing view of Mt Rainier at the peak.

However, the main road to the trailhead is closed for the season. We did not know this. So it was an additional 5 miles from the parking lot to trailhead.

All in all an extra 10 miles, but it was worth it.

We parked at the upper parking lot and I don't regret it.

There was a heat wave going through at the time so it was extremely hot. We did this with our Golden, and the air quality was probably pretty poor because there was a fire in the Olympic Park.

But was still an amazing hike. I would highly suggest it, and, if possible go on a clear day!

hiking
25 days ago

10/19 (Fri midday): Picture perfect views at the peak and all along the way. We had a clear, sunny, warm autumn day with no wind. Not one, but two clear blue lakes along a mostly flat trail to a short, steep climb to the peak/fire lookout and stunning Mt Rainier looming super large, so close you could almost touch. Big wow for my east coast guests. Popular hike but not overrun. All mountain hikes I know require driving a long gravel road like this route in, so not sure why everyone is so freaked out by it? Road is in great shape and well maintained, as you would expect with a back road in any National Park. Handled it in a rented Impala no problemo.

hiking
26 days ago

I did this during the summer and it was definitely worth it. The views when you get on top are awesome! Before you get back to your car, stop by Mowich Lake and check it out.

hiking
27 days ago

I hiked this trail in mid October on a foggy-turned-sunny day with a couple friends. The views were spectacular. Mt. Rainier consumes half your view when you get to the top and St. Helens is off to the west. The hike was really easy and fast so it's a great hike for a half day instead of a full day. Also, the dirt road leading to the trail is long but wide and well kept. I took my Ford Fusion up it at 25 mph no problems.

hiking
27 days ago

A must do hike if you live in Washington or Seattle! Great views of greenish blue lakes break up the hike on the way up. Not a super long hike - once you hit Eunice lake, it gets steeper but not long to the top. Amazing view from the peak of Mount Rainier! Drive in gets bumpy about 45+ minutes from trail head.

hiking
27 days ago

Had a great time hiking this trail - a lot of fun going up through the pass, and scrambling up to the summit. Some tricky footing with rocks most of the hike. We got a super late start and finished out the last 20 minutes of the hike with headlamps after leaving the summit around 4:30. Amazing views, definitely worth the climb. There is a lot of discrepancy on distance - I think the hike is probably longer than 7, and in the very least is a lot slower than a typical 7 mile hike because of the terrain.

This was a beautiful trail. What I loved is it wasn’t too difficult, nice for a quick weekender, the lake was stunning! We swam in it, it was cold! What I would do different, not go over a long weekend. We went over the September long weekend, it was so busy we almost couldn’t find a spot to camp in either of the designated areas. I would go midweek if I were to do it again, just to keep the people to a minimum.

When we got to the lake it was nice and sunny, but not much longer when we got to the peak the fog had come up so fast we - couldn’t see anything

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