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Jan 21st 2019. Road leading up to the trailhead is closed. We had to walk 42minutes before reaching the trailhead. Snow at trailhead. I would recommend spikes and snowshoes. Once you reach the creek you will need snowshoes.

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1 day ago

We hiked this last Sunday. This isn’t usually one of my favorite hikes but it is very pretty with the snow. It’s a little slippery at the top but very doable. Definitely go all the way around the lake, if you stop right away you miss a lot of the beauty in my opinion.

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rocky
1 day ago

Great hike. Gets pretty busy after 10am. Slippery up at the lake but well worth the hike!

awesome trail need micro spikes and poles

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3 days ago

Gorgeous

hiking
4 days ago

Trail is well maintained at this time. Some trees have fallen over the trail and will need to be removed, but isn’t impeding movement along the trail or hazardous. Trail is steep going up and of course, going down. Bring walking polls. Weather today was raining with evidence of snow below the tree line on the west side of the mountain face 3 miles up. Traction devices are recommended. Once you clear the tree line and cross the Talus field, you will need traction devices due to the exposure on the south face and due to the icy conditions. Expect windy and icy conditions over the next few days as the low pressure system passes through. The mailbox is full at this time. Be sure to drop something off into the mailbox prior to your departure. Sunset during month of January is around 5 pm. Be sure to plan your trip accordingly.

Beautiful and fun hike! the hardest part for me was closer to the top where all the rocks and boulders were but other than that definitely doable and so worth it. its a popular hike so definitely prepare for that and be sure to have a parking pass or get one at the station just a few miles before the hike.

7 days ago

beautiful

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful trail, arrived at 9:45 am on a Saturday and would recommend going a bit earlier. The hike itself gave a great view of the forests and the cascades at some point. Waterproof shoes are a must, the trail became a creek at times. Lots of cute dogs, saw a small avalanche on the far side of the lake (didn’t interfere with the trail.) I recommend a down layer if you’re planning on sitting near the lake at all, the sun doesn’t get into the valley at all due to it rising and setting so far south.

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8 days ago

Beautiful hike! Not much to see on the way up but the lake is stunning. Pretty easy if you’re in some sort of shape. Ice and snow when you’re pretty much to the top. Definitely doable without spikes and poles but HIGHLY RECOMMEND waterproof shoes and layers for up tops. The sun didn’t breach the ridge line so the whole lake was shaded the entire day. We got to trailhead at 9:15 and there weren’t too many people but trail was definitely crowded on our way back down. Would not recommend going on ice.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful day with our friends on this winter hike. We definitely needed our Yak Tracks for the snow at the top! Gortex boots made the stream crossing simple.

Very challenging but worth it. Beautiful scenery.

9 days ago

This is one of those hikes I could do and never get tired of. I only do this one in the winter for the scenery.

Beautiful hike! Perfect weather beautiful lake and Mt Rainier in full view!

hiking
13 days ago

Cel

Went up to the lake it was amazing. Went on Monday 01/07/19. Need water proof shoe's for sure and layers of cloth's to keep warm very cold at lake but well worth the trip.

Trail is currently closed!!

Very steep and challenging hike. The first three quarters of the hike is a fairly steady incline and a number of switchbacks. The last quarter of the trail is incredibly steep and covered with snow and ice. Definitely make sure to bring micro spikes and poles. It’s demanding but the view at the summit is well worth the effort.

An absolutely gorgeous beach with lots of driftwood, rock features and a pebble beach that grades into sand towards the water. Easy access and definitely worth the trip. I visited on December 24th and it was chilly and fairly busy around sunset but what a gorgeous sunset.

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18 days ago

The bridges we icy, not a lot of snow till about a mile or so from the top. There are parts of the trail that are steep and icy with not a lot of branches to grab onto. The lake is pretty much frozen.. but please do NOT GO OUT ONTO THE LAKE. I had a group ask me if it would be okay to walk on the lake and I expressed how dangerous it would be.. they ended up beating me up there and they were sure enough on the lake. Just hanging out taking selfies.... I am sad the say that that was the first of 3 groups of people that I saw on the lake that day. After the first group I saw and heard the ice brake. I heard the 2nd group talking about the noise the ice was making while they were on it and they stayed on it. The 3rd group decided to go on the ice that the 1st group broke. I don't think that they listened to me when I told them as much....Please be safe...set a good example for everyone on the trail.

Icy but beautiful!

19 days ago

went approximately 2 days ago! greatt hike although very tricky. 1st bridge was very slippery. should bring spikes with you. quite a few icey spots through the whole hike. and freezing up at the top. my father fell and ended up breaking his leg on the first bridge. so be very cautious! if someone can take pictures of the hole in the bride that would be very appreciated to warn others! I definitely prefer this in the Summer.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful hike! Just some notes for people going there in the following days:
Parking lot was packed (go early)
Toilet paper out at the trailhead’s toilets: bring your own
Trail is extremely wet: waterproof boots
The first bridge is extremely slippery: caution+poles
Some trees down, most easy to bypass, one we had to go under and it was not fun.
If you make it to the end, do not skip the loop around the lake! It’s SO worth it!

hiking
20 days ago

New Year's Eve and the trail was still crowded. That's what blue skies in December does. Trail was quite slippery, especially the wooden bridges. However it was largely snow free until just before the lake. Scenery, gorgeous throughout, with classic old growth on the way up and icy natural art at the top.

Perfect day, awesome view of Ranier, Olympics, Cascades. Fresh snow, ok without spikes to the talus field. Possible to do the talus field to the Mailbox without spikes or poles on the ascent, coming down you will struggle without at least spikes and spend most of the time on your backside. This is a longer hike than as listed, I’ve done the new trail as an out & back twice now and it clicks at ~12 miles/19.5 km. With snack breaks, pictures, spikes on/off this is a 6 to 6.5 hour hike in winter unless you are really humping it.

This is one of my absolute favorite hikes I’ve ever been on in my life. It’s challenging but absurdly beautiful, and when you reach the top you’ll just be blown away. It’s one of the best trails Washington has to offer. Go early so you can continue further to the next water feature, I didn’t get to go that far but it’s supposedly amazing.

22 days ago

Really awesome hike. I started in the rain in a very old growth forest. By the time you reach the lake you’re in a foot of snow which the trail is compact so no need to worry. I feel like I shouldn’t need to comment this but after seeing some people on the trail with Nike’s and Converse shoes....This is the PNW you should wear waterproof shoes (I think their feet were a little damp by the end)

Great Hike! my wife and I made our 3rd trip on 12.27.18. Beautiful day. Some snow on the boulder field, and packed trail snow. we did not use or need special footwear other than water resistant boots. we didnt bother doing the lake loop at the top. but the trail was visible and accessible.

Did this on 12/21/18. Moderate usage on this day. Didn’t start until 11:45ish a.m. I had on regular trail shoes, sweat bottoms, a couple thin base layers and a thick hoodie, light gloves/beanie, and a daypack with some snacks and about 2L of water. Temperature was high 30s/low 40s for the first couple of hours and I got really warm and was drinking more water than I expected. Once we hit the snow it got considerably colder. My hiking partner had on Nike trainers. People coming down the trail had poles and chains and kept telling us we couldn’t make it to the top without them. We went all the up anyway, just took longer and had to be more careful of our footing. Coming down took a bit longer again due to not having the poles and chains but it was definitely possible, just be extra careful on your footing and take it slow. If I did this hike again during this time of year I would definitely get some chains, but the poles probably not necessary if you’re in good hiking shape. Last couple hundred feet were pretty tough. I drank more water than expected, so not a bad idea to take a little more than you think you’ll need. Oh yeah- the gate at the parking area closes at 4pm. We didn’t make it all the way back to the car until roughly 5pm. They actually waited for us before locking up, but they were not happy about it. I didn’t even notice the 4pm closure sign, so that was my bad.

hiking
29 days ago

Got on the trail this morning at 8:30, saw only a half dozen people on the way up. Waterproof shoes required if you are doing this in the winter as there are quite a few creek/run off crossing. (I did not need spikes despite the snowy/slushy conditions) Not to mention the fact that most of the trail is under an inch or two of water the whole way up. There are a lot of waterfalls along the lower half of the trail to check out. About 1/2 way up, rain turned to snow and there was about 4-6 inches of snow at the lake. I didn’t do the whole loop because as soon as I got to the lake, I could see and hear an avalanche on the far side of the lake where the loop goes through. Found a spot on the lake and took a 30 minute lunch with my dog to take in the beautiful. scenery. Got back down to the trail head at noon with water logged shoes. Tracked 5.8 miles in 3.5 hours with lots of photo stops and a lunch break. Rated only moderate because of the slippery rocks, slushy conditions, and water crossings.

hiking
29 days ago

Got on the trail this morning at 8:30, saw only a half dozen people on the way up. Waterproof shoes required if you are doing this in the winter as there are quite a few creek/run off crossing. Not to mention the fact that most of the trail is under an inch or two of water the whole way up. There are a lot of waterfalls along the lower half of the trail to check out. About 1/2 way up, rain turned to snow and there was about 4-6 inches of snow at the lake. I didn’t do the whole loop because as soon as I got to the lake, I could see and hear an avalanche on the far side of the lake where the loop goes through. Found a spot on the lake and took a 30 minute lunch with my dog to take in the beautiful. scenery. Got back down to the trail head at noon with water logged shoes. Tracked 5.8 miles in 3.5 hours with lots of photo stops and a lunch break. Rated only moderate because of the slippery rocks, slushy conditions, and water crossings.

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