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great views, flowers, butterflies and sunshine. Not many trees there now hat and sunscreen is a must.

Direction warning...tried to do this today, but NF 23 is closed 28 miles from 8031. No mention of this is recent reports.

hiking
18 days ago

Direction warning...tried to do this today, but NF 23 is closed 28 miles from 8031. No mention of this is recent reports.

The view is a 5 star view
The hike is a 1 star hike

I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better view within the park. Maybe at the top of St. Helens. Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt Rainier are all very large and visible from the peak. Mt. Hood is in the distance quite a bit, but still clearly visible on a clear day (it was for us).

The reason the hike is a 1 star is because you have to book it up the mountain until you clear the trees so as to not be a stationary target for mosquitoes. They are vicious, and in numbers. I was trailing my wife and could see 30-40 swarming her at all times. Another review commented to wait a few weeks until they clear out. I'm not sure that will happen anytime soon. It's pretty dry there (not sure it's rained in some time) and they're still really bad. Once you clear the tree line it's just the flies, so we took our time at the top.

When you get to the top, you'll get a good view of Rainier and Adams. You'll then want to keep going on the trail until you see a trail that doubles back to the top of Juniper Peak. It's pretty steep, but the view is worth it.

We shared the summit with a few mountain bikers, but didn't see any other hikers. It was 90-95F in most places yesterday, but only 75F through the trails and at the summit. Nice way to beat the heat!

The trail also claimed my favorite pair of sunglasses. Not sure where i lost them, but if you find them, you're welcome. :(

Good hike. Knocked it out in just under 3 hours carry 60 extra lbs. Flat for the first 2-ish miles but significant increase the last part. A little confusing toward Green Mt Vista. A lot of converging trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Outstanding view up top but would NOT recommend right now. Mosquitos! Tons of them!! Even with bug spray, they'll lay siege to your ears, nose... one even flew straight down my throat. Seriously. There are very few breezes (which also means it can get hot) until you get to the very tippy-top, and even then a couple still tracked me down. Tenacious buggers! And it is fairly steep, so unless you're built like a mountain goat, you'll be like me - huffing and puffing and a total easy target. The steepness lets you run down the trail on the way back though!

The trail is rutted due to motorbikes, but I've seen much worse in the area (and I didn't run into any on a Saturday afternoon). The drive to get there is fine - there are many weird 'speed bumps' along the last 4 miles of road (some on blind curves - very annoying). If I were driving a sedan I might've worried about scraping, but I saw a car had made it just fine so what do I know. But yes, the view is worth it... maybe just a wait a couple weeks for those bugs to clear out.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike, pretty flowers and butterflies. I would definitely bring bug spray! I was happy I did. Once the sun started going down they were pretty bad. Gorgeous lake, stream crossings. Lovely hike! Not difficult to get to trailhead (although it is gravel). Pretty lightly trafficked.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this 6/5/18 just getting into Mt. Adam's, beautiful hike with tons of butterflies. Clocked in 12 miles round trip. Bring bug spray the mosquitoes are horrible in a couple spots.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful view of Spirit Lake and the surrounding area.

backpacking
1 month ago

Didn't do lolly pop but hiked to Horseshoe Meadow, gorgeous. If you want an in your face view of Mt. Adams without walking on snow this time of year, this is a good place. There were a couple of steep parts on the way up, but it wasn't to bad. Only negatives were misquitos on the way up (pretty bad on a couple spots this time of year, but not nearly as bad at the meadow), and the lack if shade during the hike do to the 2012 fire. A decent amount of flowers and a ton of butterflies on the trail. We had the whole meadow to ourselves. Worthy destination!

As my second attempt to summit Juniper Peak (first was 5/12 - snowfield blockage 0.5 mil in to trail), I am so excited to share this trip report from today 6/24.

Start temp: 59 degree @ 9:30a. Clean skies. First on the trail. Alt 3600 ft

End temp: 74 degrees @ 12:45p. Clear skies. Five cars at trailhead (some for Tongue Mountain trail)

I won't bore you with the details on the forestry road to the trailhead. It was good. No issues.

I'll do my review a little differently this time. I've broken it up to segments for new folks wanting to check this hike out and would know what to expect.

Trailhead 0.0 - 0.75mi : Consistent incline (~15% grade - felt like a 500 ft/mi pace). Trail is wide most of the way, but remember as this is an OHV approved trail (and the motorcycle track is basically a trench that you'll need to trek through or you can do it along the edge.

0.75-1.5 mi: The switch back begins. The first two segments are longer (200yds each), then the next three are shorter (50 yds), and the final one is the straight shot to the peak. After a bit, you'll see peakaboos of Adams and Juniper ridge. Note the grade increases a little. I'd say around 20-25% on average. Not too bad though. Just pace yourself. Segments are in good condition and foot friendly. Lol.

1.5-2.25 mi: The grade here gets sort of steeper, but not by much. It felt like it fluctuated 10%-25%. Overall not bad. But also be advised that the massive amount of bugs live in this zone. It's like an air raid…if it had wings…you'll know it. Great news though, you'll start to see more of Mt Adams.

2.25-2.75 mi: I honestly feel this is where the gain occurred the quickest. Nearly 45%-50% typical grade in most places. My altimeter showed a ~600 ft gain in this 0.5 mile segment through old growth. Nothing to see here…it was just shaded and steep. Take your time and breath. Not many bugs whizzing by. So you're ok. As you make the final accent to the open views, you'll come to a makeshift Y junction created by bikers. Take either…they will both converge a little ways up just before you exit the tree line. Yeah. You made it.

2.75-3.0 mi: You're already at the top ridgeline at ~5400 ft. You'll skirt the ridge to Juniper Peak (its more of a big mound/hill..200+ ft in height). Trek as far as you like forward.

Once as the base of the Juniper Peak…head to the south side staring at My Adams (so very cool). You have two options. Continue to trek another 0.5 mile to the small rock peaks (clearly visible).

Hint, not really worth it, I went. It's very buggy and visibility to St Helens is hindered a bit from nearby mountains. But you can see Rainier, Adams, and Hood. Anyways, I recommend to save that energy and climb up Juniper Peak on the back side instead. It's about 240 ft up (40-45% grade the lower half, and 50%+ at you approach the top). The first half has a little dirt trail (see in pic), but after that you make your own trail through rocks, grass, and dirt. Others have made many so you can mix and match. Here you will see FOUR volcanoes (Rainier, Adams, St Helens, and Hood in the distance. This was a real treat on such a beautiful cloudless day (but some haze did exist at distance).

Overall a great hike. I am so happy to have driven 3 hrs to get here and witness this amazing beauty.

This trail is more of a Moderate plus, due to some steep segments up top that may catch some offguard.

Trail has been maintained and the views were great.

Very difficult, misjudged the jump from moderate to hard on this app. Made it to the top but definitely not for the beginning hiker who thinks they are in shape. Would definitely go June-July when the snow is melted. Fell through the snow into the lake, pretty cold. But all in all breathtaking views of waterfalls and surrounding mountains. Will do again in July

on Harmony Trail

hiking
4 months ago

We were the only people at the bottom. Complete solitude and serenity with amazing views of the mountain. Logs from the blast still float along the edges of Spirit Lake. While the hike is steep its only a mile down and a mile up. Take down some lunch and enjoy the beauty.

I have been up this trail several times. I would consider this more of a gateway trail to Mt. Adams. It offers nice views up the Cascade Creek drainage and the Salt Creek Drainage. Graveyard Camp used to be a junction for the trail to Looking Glass Lake, it seems that the US Forest Service decided that the cut across trail does not need to be there. the sign is gone and the route is not shown on newer maps. (or the maps I have). I have the benefit of owning Columbia National Forest map from 1940. It's a shame so much history is forgotten. This area used to have shelters and structures all over the area.

wildcat trail starts at the wildcat trail head. This is a link of green mountain trail to a logging road that connects to the upper section of wildcat trail. but, still well worth it.

Went on a windy-rainy day, perfect hike with my pooch!

Great views of both Mt St Helens and Adams from different points of the trail. Very easy hike.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

FR 99 closed until approx August due to winter road damage

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

This hike was a bit of a chore getting up because of the rutted out nature of the trail, the mosquitos, and the fact there were motor cycles on the trail. Be careful for that! They are allowed on the trail and probably the cause some of the rutting of the trail.

But after dealing with all of that the payoff was amazing! Truly spectacular wildflowers and awesome views of Mt Rainer and Mt Adams. The is also a view of the top part of Mt St Helens that is not as amazing but still cool. We ate lunch at the summit... with a few bugs :)

For us the payoff was worth the rest for sure.

We enjoyed this hike overall thanks to the top and would consider it again in the future!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

hands-down, this is my favorite hike in the Mt. Adams area, just as another reviewer said. beautiful close-up views of Adams and lots of solitude.

backpacking
Monday, November 28, 2016

My favorite hike in the Mt. Adams area, great views of the mountain along with little-no other hikers out there. Backpacked in and went camping around lookinglass lake. Highly recommended

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hiked from just west of Jackpot Lake on FR 20 to the top of Cispus Butte. 5 year olds did a great job on a steep, overgrown trail. Can't say enough about how beautiful the top is. Lots of bugs at the bottom and throughout the hike. It is a little over 1 mile to the top.

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

Really great views ends up at the north end of the lake, pretty waterfall and not many people. Worth the drive!

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Great little trail. Short. A bit steep at the beginning but flatters out the closer to the lake you get. It's the only place you can legally get down to the water. Overall highly recommend.

hiking
Monday, July 20, 2015

Trail head was approximately 20 miles from where All Trails lead us. From FS Road 25, drive about 17 miles to FS Road 2516. Drive about 6 miles up and park in a gravel cul-de-sac just before a plaque that has the creed of the Strawberry Mountain lookout post.

Trail is kind of cool, a bunch of volcanic rock and ash with a good view of the lava dome on St. Helens. We turned back early because of the heat, the dogs were pretty smoked.

hiking
Monday, June 08, 2015

My husband and I took the Juniper Ridge Trail in early June. A strange year with little snowpack allowed our early trip. We were dissappointed with the trail, it is rutted and hard to hike in places, but the views and wildflowers made up for the poor trail.
Most high country trails in this area are packed and we were happy to have this trail to ourselves, aside from two groups on motorbikes that we passed.
This area gets rather dry towards the end of the season. We felt lucky to see lush green views with Beargrass, Paintbrush, Penstemon, Mariposa Lily, Lupine, Asters and Wild Carrot popping up everywhere we looked. there are not many places that offer such stunning views for the distance of this hike. We made it to Jumbo Peak and were rewarded with views of Mt. Rainier, St. Helens, Mt. Adams and even Mt. Hood!

We looked for goats but only saw their tracks. Next time, we plan to leave early to catch cooler weather, better light for photography and hopefully spot a few goats.

hiking
Saturday, June 06, 2015

What a solid ass kicker with great views at the end.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Great Trail overall. Had a blast on this hike! I recommend bringing some bug spray. Those flies like to swarm.

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