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Finally heathy enough to try this. It bugged me every time I drove up I-90 and saw it sitting up there. Did it last Saturday on a nice cool, but cloudy day. Got a glimpse of Chester Morse as clouds lifted for a minute. Loved the fact it was not crowded. Only saw about 10 people all day. I was slow up and down, including a clumsy stumble. Just a flesh wound, so nothing other than some scrapes and pride. Funny, my first thought was “did anyone see that” knowing full well no one was around.

Trail is not as well travelled as Mt Si despite their similar statistics. It has some more rocky spots, hence the stumble.

I’m not much of a repeat hiker, too many places to hike, but would like to do this again on a clear day.

Great cool weather today for our first "hard" rated training hike. The trail is a bit hard to find in a couple of spots, but there are signs at most of the decision points. Be prepared for lots of rocks and overgrown berry bushes flanking long sections of the trail. Minimal bugs and great opportunity for views if skies are clear. Light traffic made this an enjoyable hike.

Trail well maintained, nice view on the top, lots of berries , no bugs

Truly a peaceful hike. There were lots of small waterfalls, beautiful clearings in amongst the rocks, lovely wildflowers, and picturesque lakes. Hiked in August and had no problems at all, except the mosquitoes; definitely bring bug spray.

This hike is a pleasant workout. I started the hike from the Alpental parking lot, not from the recommended trailhead on this map, because it would save me an hour of driving. I logged 20 miles on this hike, but I also did a little extra exploring.

This one is on my list for backpacking. Two super enthusiastic thumbs up. Happy hiking!

Great loop hike today. Started at the Ira Spring Trailhead. Climbed Putrid Pete's Peak. Ridge-walked down to connect with the main trail. Climbed Mount Defiance. Walked down to Mason Lake for a cooling swim. Returned to the car at the Ira Spring Trailhead. Total distance: 9+ miles. Total elevation gained: 4,000+ feet. Epic hike. Great day!

Holy hard! I agree with Jake Ryan. (Hi Jake) I am from Utah and used to hard hiking and this was definitely on the difficult list.. last mile literally straight up! Hand and feet scrambling!! Soooo fun! If you wanna major work out this is the trail for you!!

hiking
10 days ago

I hike all the time, workout religiously, and am in great shape... yet, this trail kicked my ass. The trail is somewhat easy to lose if you aren’t watching the lightly trekked pathway, but a quick reference on the AllTrtails app will help you get back on track. The trail gets extremely difficult and somewhat dangerous the last mile of it, and is almost totally vertical. The view at the very top is totally worth the torturous trek... be sure to find a PVC tube with paper pad an pencil to date and sign your name showing you made it (its lodged in between the rocks at the very peak). This app says its 4 miles, but it actually was over 6 total...not sure why there’s a discrepancy. Overall: trail is extreme and not for the faint of heart, but the risk is worth the reward!

this is a great out and back with several options to head off on various trails. it's lightly traveled and the trail is in great shape. amazing views in every direction

No snow on the trail. They haystack at the end is pretty dangerous, but the view up top is amazing. Tons of bugs at the top and around mile 3 the bugs start to pick-up.

Wonderful view today. Perfect conditions! If you have not done this one yet, put this one on your to-do list!

Trail was well maintained and much less traveled than the other nearby hikes. The views of North Bend, Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier at the top were well worth the 3200' elevation gain.

hiking
1 month ago

Many people on top today. Everyone took the rope on the 2nd gully. Snow on trail . . Some down trees over trail . . But no medium to hard hazards. Snow should be off trail by 7/14/18.

Trail was in pretty good condition. A lot of friendly people on the trail. Got to the top around noon and the views started opening up once the clouds started cooking off.

Hiked this a couple weeks ago. Rainy and foggy day, so missed the views at the top. Pretty steady incline the whole way up. Let me know how out of shape I've gotten. Hardly any other people on the trail and my dog did great on it. Definitely will be back on a nicer day.

hiking
1 month ago

It’s a training trail! Except for two hikers near the parking lot, had the entire trail to myself. A snow bridge recently collapsed about a mile from the summit. Didn’t see a way around it. Still a fab hike in dense clouds.

hardest hike I've done in a long time. although my kids made it. Its not a kid friendly hike.

boring hike but great summit scramble over exposed granite steeps.... also a great trail to run down, virtually no rocks or roots.

on Mount Washington Trail

2 months ago

Great training hike. Sadly no view when we were there. The trail is completely snow-free except for one tiny patch about a mile from the top.

Great trail, still lots of snow after 3500 ft, few gullies crossing, long and steep traverse at the end, awesome scrambling to the top. Bring ice axe and spikes, at least now

hiking
2 months ago

Well I wish I had picked a better day to hike this. While I enjoyed the hike to the top (mostly shaded and through a wonderful forest with steady elevation gain) unfortunately it was raining pretty much the entire way up and so we didn’t get too much of a view on the top. Also too many pebbles on the way down. But it’s a great hike if you want to get away from the crowd.

There are some incredible views at the top that make the climb worth it. However, I’m not sure why this is rated as moderate. We went out thinking we would get some nice switchbacks, but this is pretty much straight uphill the entire way. It was a great hike but should be rated as hard.

Great trail! A bit intense for novice hikers or kids. There is still quite a bit of snow covering the last couple of miles. Water proof boots, and/or and extra pair of wool socks is definitely recommend. No need for snow shoes or crampons. I always have my microspikes in my pack, and used them on the descent. There are several view points nearing the summit. Be sure to stop and see them all! You’ll be glad you did.

hiking
4 months ago

Still enough snow that I was glad to have sturdy waterproof boots, but other than that I didn't need any special gear. Some areas are slippery where the snow has been packed down and started to ice over.

Good hike. Great view of Mt. Rainier!

We did on St Patrick’s Day and loved it. It was challenging but enjoyable. Definitely want to bring poles and microspikes. Snowshoes not needed. Hit snow at 1.5 miles all the way to too. Great winter hike with not a lot of people. Probably better in winter as you get more views and less overgrowth on trail. Slower going in the snow. Took us about 2 hrs 45 minutes to the top. Trailhead can be a little tough to find. From parking lot climb up to logging road and stay right. Go further and then stay right at the next junction with the John Wayne Pioneer Trail/Iron Horse Trail Look. Go about 150 yards on left and look for cairn on the road and trees carved with Mt WA.

Very nice trail with lots of snow as you get close to the top

hiking
9 months ago

No snow. Great hike and end view. It’s pretty steep so if you’re unconditioned it might take you a while to get to the scramble.

very good hike. according to my tracker it is 10.1 mile rt. lots of snow at the top. last 2 miles was covered in snow. so used micros pikes to hike that part.

Nice trail plenty of snow today and fantastic view ...

on Mount Washington Trail

hiking
10 months ago

Decent but not great. Too much overgrowth in some areas but the views are ok.

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