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Great trail! Nice and steady incline all the way to the top. Hiked this 12/9, leave your snow shoes in the car, this hike is totally doable with just yaktraks

I really enjoyed this trail. I'm from florida, didn't need spikes uphill, buy used hiking sticks downhill.

Did this about 3 weeks ago! Lots of snow, good thing for snow shoes... didn’t make it to the lake, snow was waist deep, but great trail coming back after all the craziness up hill... jumped on the Spruces Creek Road - decline all the way down, that was fun. Loads of cross country skiing tracks.

Didn't complete the entire trail on my winter hike, but the sunrise at the false summit was amazing, so I was more than satisfied with my accomplishment. The 2nd incline became a class 2 with sections of snow ranging from shin deep to knee deep. Will definitely be back to summit when I have more time.

hiking
15 days ago

Did this 11/29/18. Fun hike that should probably be labeled as “moderate” in the winter. Used yak traks today and they were very necessary. It is a slog going straight up but the views are worth it!! We breezed down which helped. Trialhead VERY easy to miss as others have stated look for a light reflector sign across from the parking area. Lots of snow on the road to the trail head that a person in front of us got stuck in. Be careful and mindful driving up.

Snow-packed trail that was mostly protected by trees; the wind at the top was brutal in conjunction with the 15 degree temps. Traction wasn’t necessary, but I would bring them just in case.

Kind of steep but beautiful

Parking lot is excellent. It is large and well tended. Just make sure you're taking the trail you intend to. Its easy to mistakenly take Spruce Creek Road instead Spruce Creek Road. We hiked with crampons. Probably a poor choice because the snow is deep enough to require a snowshoes or backcountry skis. We were able to make it to Lower Mohawk Lakes with boots/crampons, but we unable to hike to Mohawk Lake because the snow was waist high. We saw 10 people total on this hike.

Yaktracks and layers made this possible and as wonderful as well. Will be back !

This is a great trail to couple with the Squaw mountain. I would suggest doing this one first. This one is still an easy trail, but is slightly more difficult than Squaw. The incline a little more steep. My opinion is this is better because it’s more in the woods and the trail is more fun. The views at the top are stunning as well.
You will be able to identify the parking on the side of the road but the trailhead is easy to miss. It’s on the other side of the road and is a small entry.

As of 11/10/2018 the trail is covered in snow but I didn’t need shoe traction at all and the trail is still being used enough that the path is obvious. A great, short hike with unbelievable views at the top. Download the PeakFinder app for some fun after summiting.

off road driving
1 month ago

Unique trail, no challenging spots unless your not paying attention.....We drove up it until the last switch back (4) counting mill because there was a snow drift over the road. On snow and ice will challenge your nerves for sure.. ‘16 4runner. Nitto Terra Grapplers.

Still not closed! Did this yesterday afternoon in tennies but would recommend snow appropriate hiking gear and some hiking knowledge. There are currently sections where you can sink to your knees. There is also active water flow (very shallow) that is covered in snow. We met someone on the way down who had cut her knee badly enough that she was going to drive straight to the hospital.
This trial is challenging and beautiful. Go with someone and stay safe.

We took this hike on 10/27. Trail was well groomed but covered in packed snow. it was manageable but much easier with hiking poles. We had a big group of varying skill level (and 2 pregnant women!). We made it past the 3 lakes close to Wheeler Trail and proceeded on to Mayflower Lake. We did not opt to go on to Lower Lake and Upper Lake because apparently it was very steep, icy in several spots. We explored around Mayflower Lake and took the loop back to the start. Beautiful day and a nice hike with good views once you get to the 3 lakes and especially Mayflower Lake. The mountain close by is Mt. Helen. We started at noon and finished around 4:30 with several stops, slow pace, and lots of pictures. Temp was fine in the 50s. We had a good time!

Sweet 13er (I guess it counts as one?) Windy with plenty of snow/ice on the trail today. An easy summit overall, took under 2 hours total.

Bring spikes! Great mini hike with incredible views.

hiking
1 month ago

Wear micro spikes.
2 miles straight up but views so worth it.
Incredible

walking
1 month ago

Easy trail with great 360 views. Requires crampons in fall due to packed ice and inclines

What a perfect trail for beginners, out of towners, and people who want a short day. Easy trailhead to get to. Easy, well-maintained trail, and a great destination. Beautiful drive up and view from the top of Chief Mountain.

hiking
1 month ago

Snow covered most of the trail and was all packed down, though slick in many spots. The wind was pretty cutting at points and at the top, so definitely bring a wind breaker. I'd also advise on gloves if you have trekking poles, I did not have gloves and regret it.

The hike was beautiful and the view from the top was incredible. I went on a Wednesday afternoon and had the entire mountain to myself.

Beautiful views at the top! I’d consider the hike to be overall easy if there’s not snow. I went on 10/20 and the majority of the trail had hard, slippery snow.

Such a lovely trail. We went out mid-day this past Saturday and the trail was fully covered in snow. We were able to make it up to just before lower mohawk lake and then decided to call it quits as we did not have spikes or poles and were slipping all over the place (we also had our large dog who was not having it by this point). If you are going and planning to make it to the lakes, I would definitely suggest spikes and poles. at the very least. Can't wait to go try again!

I hiked the trail on Friday and it was completely passable, though snow covered and a little icy in some patches from the snow getting packed down from foot traffic. The second half of the trail is exposed above the tree line. It could get windy at the top, though the weather was very warm and nice. Amazing 360 views at the top. I imagine this trail would be an excellent choice in any season!

hiking
1 month ago

Always a great hike! Views are beautiful.

Great Hike with views of hundreds of peaks and down 3 individual valleys, about 3 steep accents which was a bit tricky in the snow/ice, but generally a fairly basic walk. Be prepared for the altitude as that can make you short breathed easily.

Difficulty: Medium

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

hiking
1 month ago

A fun trail, the beginning truly is a straight incline. Ankle deep snow at the worst today (October 20), a bit slick coming down. We definitely fell for the false summit so consult your map to ensure you make it to the top.

great hike for beginners and family time! Dogs are welcomed and the views at the top are worth the work

The views on this hike are amazing. Make sure at this time of year you bring proper gear. Sheer ice in places made it extremely slippery coming down

Excellent hike. Snow packed so very slippery in places. At the top is beautiful...50+ degree weather was perfect.

10/19/18 Started at 11 back by 2 with plenty of rests. Snow on 90% of the trail. Microspikes and poles would’ve been helpful. Only saw a few people the whole way. Great views the whole hike. 1st mile is straight up but after that a bit easier and beautiful scenery.

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