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2 days ago

Did this hike over the summer, so great and good tree coverage from the sun..and the best ending to a hike is a lake.... to swim in!

Ended up way off course due to very little markings, even with a paper map both myself and a ranger ended up taking a four mile detour to find the falls, very pretty end result, muddy so stabilize yourself!

5 days ago

Gorgeous view if you can make it to the top. Although without the GPS of AllTrails the trail can be a bit deceiving the last few miles. Wet snow first 2 miles and after you are rewarded with a winter wonderland scenery. Be aware of possible avalanche area that is close to the edge.

Beautiful trail. Not very well marked... It was quite the fun adventure though. One tip would be to go back out the same way you come in... We made the mistake of going a different way out. Oops

Cool little place to visit. Not marked very well though.

Not very well marked. We walked way more than we should have and everybody on the trail we met was there for the first time. But we found the falls eventually. it was a long hike overall but worth it.

15 days ago

Plenty of snow on the way up to the falls. Even more on the way down the loop. Poles and spike were needed. Fun trail.

One of my favorite waterfall hikes so far !! Seriuosly breathtaking . Very few hikers today, made it even more peaceful & beautiful . Little muddy & slippery in spots . Totally worth it though . Recommend wearing hiking boots until it dries out .

18 days ago

Royal Basin is the finest alpine area in the Dungeness watershed.Streams cross the trail regularly.In the southeast corner of the basin it's not to difficult to gain the top of Royal ridge.The view over the basin is magnificent.I like to drop in to Milk Creek and go over to the other side of Milk Creek basin,over to an magnificent viewpoint for Warrior,Mt.Con stance and Inner Constance.Some steep snow often.

We must not have read the description fully before taking this hike, because we were shocked when we got to the end. The falls are much larger than we thought and so beautiful. We even missed the biggest one of the three, Little Mashel Falls, by accident. We saw Lower Little Mashel and the upper falls. We spent most of our time at the lower falls, which I believe is the one further into the canyon. The way the falls cascade down a series of boulders is just awesome, and makes for great photography. We saw a handful of people in sneakers and regular clothing. I would suggest you wear a good pair of hiking boots for the mud and slippery conditions closer to the falls, and a few layers of hiking clothes for the cold. Most of the trail we took was a dirt road that ascends just slightly. Eventually, you'll end up taking a regular trail down into the canyon which is where you will get the most elevation gain on the way back. Use the app to follow along as there are a few unmarked turnoffs. It's super easy to get here...no crazy forest roads with potholes or anything... have fun!

Amazing hike we hiked to the upper falls, middle falls and lower falls. The trail was a bit confusing to follow but we used the all trails app to try to stay on path. The middle falls was by far my favorite it’s a trail that splits to the left of the sign of the upper falls. There was a bit of snow on the ground and icy in some spots so use caution. Saw plenty of dogs as well. Such a great hike!

The hike is worth it. The falls are amazing.

1 month ago

Nice sunny day off work so I took advantage of the opportunity. I tried twice back in Nov of 2017 to get up to the lakes but there was too much deep snow. Today was a different story. Arrived at the trailhead at 0700, strapped on the snowshoes, and took off. It was 18 degrees out and calm. The trail has about a 4-5 foot of packed down snow. We used snowshoes all the way up to the lakes but really didn't need to. From lake #2 to #3 it's very steep and the traction from the snowshoes was helpful. We took them off at lake #3 and walked down slowly kicking in steps and that worked out much better. In these conditions a pair of Kathoola microspikes or K10 crampons would of worked better and been much lighter. But it's your call. It took us 2:40 to get from trailhead to lake #3 due to the good snow for travel.

This was a great hike with a wonderful view when you get to the top. What a beautiful day to get out and see this today. We had our 7 and 8 yr old with us, they did great.

Easy hike, however obviously due to the season very muddy and slippery in areas so use caution! I love bringing my dogs here as it’s usually not too crowded on weekdays and we can play fetch as we venture down to the falls.

Very beautiful! Went with my husband and 3 boys. It was the perfect family hike and the falls were so pretty!! One of our favorite hikes!

lovely frozen lake!!

1 month ago

hiked it a little while back. Thought I'd make it to reflection lake from the entrance of the trail. The bridge was washed out so I had to turn back. Overall the trail was pretty nice.

good easy hike, smooth elevation.

1 month ago

This is a great little walk. I wouldn’t call it a hike, it’s more of a pleasant long stroll on a gravel road. The waterfall is awesome, my dogs loved it, very pretty, but but if you’re looking for exercise this is not the place. More of a family type walk

I gave this hike five start for two reasons. One is the variety as it can be a beginner of an advanced snow shoe. If you dont make the third lake you can take away two stars. The third lake is basically a straight up journey for those who are advanced and and comfortable being in sketchy and steep terrain in the snow. We hit the hike on a cloudy day and Kendall Peak was visible at the third lake just below the cloud cover. The second lake is much easier to reach and where most should turn around.

This is a nice hike. Although not marked well, I was able to ask fellow hikers for directions.

Most of the hike is on an old logging road. When you get to a clearing, bear left and walk at least 1/4 mile until you reach a rock that is painted “Falls”. The trail splits again and bear right. The trail down to the falls is steep and it was slippery. Poles are recommended.

This trail has beautiful waterfalls. It's well worth going. I recommend hiking shoes, and waterproof ones at that as there is a lot of mud. Little Mashel and Upper Mashel falls are close to each other, right at the spit in the trail to Little Mashel Falls, by the entrance. One way in the split takes you to Little Mashel, and the other to Upper Mashel Falls.

1 month ago

Nice to be in the snow out of the rain today. Great trail for a beginner, immediate or advanced. Can make this trail as long or as short as you want. Snowshoes not needed but snow was coming down hard so used the as we got further in. Always beautiful in he Mountains. Lots of well behaved pups of leash ( : including mine.

I went to the Falls today. light snow here and there..beautiful hike ..falls are flowing good ..more snow at the falls...
wore 2 light layers of clothes..perfect day

1 month ago

Overall great trail. The 3 mike access road you have to walk to/from the actual trailhead is a slog and the only reason I’m giving 4 stars instead of 5. There is a bike rack at the trailhead, so definitely recommend biking the access road if you can. There was gorgeous snowfall but only about a foot by the time I hit the lake, so super manageable without any more gear than wool socks, waterproof boots and pants. Poles would have been nice on the way down but very doable without them

Very nice hike, though most of it is on a gravel road. You’ll walk on the road until you see a big clearing and a cement square structure. Take a left there at the fork. You will find a rock painted with “falls” and an arrow to the trail. Once on that trail you have a few options. Lower falls or upper falls.
You can even walk past the painted rock instead of turning and go down to the train tracks and the bridge as well. Love this spot.

on Annette Lake Trail

2 months ago

super fun hike! I would highly recommend microspikes and maybe some trekking poles, they really helped as the snow was soft and there was a lot of icy spots. Beautiful lake at the end though!!

2 months ago

This is an awesome hike, got to be bit careful while walking in the ledges 2-3 are really steep and bit icy. Would suggest either snowshoes or crampons. But the frozen alpine lake is a cool reward at the top

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