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Tough hike but amazing time out there. Bring a trash bag for the way down.

hiking
2 days ago

Absolutely loved this hike! Took Lower Elliott on the way up and Upper Elliott on the way down. Lower had beautiful scenery and soothing water sounds. The last mile of the hike is the toughest part and the trail gets a bit confusing but the lake is worth every bit. So beautiful, great for a swim and plenty of trees for your hammock ;) The waterfalls near the lake were equally breathtaking! We went later in the day on a Sunday and ran into very few people, even at the lake. Upper is perfect for the way down because it’s majority downhill. As mentioned in another review, make sure you have the right pass because they’ll get ya. I will 100% be coming back here.

Well graded trail 2/3 in the forest and 1/3 in the open alpine. Great views

on Pratt Lake Trail

2 days ago

Great trail thats in good shape. A few flies and mosquitoes near Talapus connector but nothing crazy.

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!

Loved the view!

hiking
8 days ago

I do both lower and upper trail I like more the lower one batter view but what shack me is the huge water full hiding in the trail you will love it more of the lake

Hiked today (8/5), sunny and in the 70's. No snow.

We arrived at the trail head at 2pm and had no trouble finding a parking spot. We only saw a dozen people and had the trail to ourselves on the descent.

SO.. first off, the trail is actually 8.2 miles round trip (add it to the list of inaccurate distances in AT). I have to be honest, I hated this hike for the majority of it. The first 70% of it is switchback after rocky, rooty switchback until it opens up towards the final ascent. After that, it was more enjoyable and the views are, indeed, beautiful; 360° of surrounding peaks and enough room to enjoy a secluded snack at the top. We saw a few mountain goats in distance too! Then back to the unrelenting switchbacks...
All in all, I probably won't don't do this one again with so many other options in the National Forest with similiar, more attainable results.

hiking
9 days ago

Gorgeous hike but steep as you turn up towards Granite Mountain (vs. going to Pratt Lake). Technical as you get into the higher elevations with rock scrambling needed at times. 4 stars b/c of the bugs, the higher you go, the worse they are - esp. towards the fire tower. Late afternoon hike that took approx. 5 hours due to the scrambling and awareness needed on the uphill and downhill. Once we got out of the technical sections we ran most of the way down. Total miles were approx. 9.5 up and back.

Very much enjoyed the hike by far the best is the second mile and 1/2 past the warning signs there's some nice spots in the river to be able to swim and the tunnels were pretty amazing!

hiking
10 days ago

It was an awesome hike! We took our young 5 year old and almost 7 year old and they agreed! The waterfalls on the way and the lake at the top was a perfect place for lunch! Can’t wait until they are a little bit older and we can backpack and tent it up there!!

Awesome hike, doesn't get much better than this unless you do the summit. Bring garbage bags for glissading down, I did it without and spikes or poles by avoiding majority of the snow. My favorite hike so far!

backpacking
12 days ago

It was quite a hike the way up there, but the view was definitely worth it! Took a dip in the cold water - felt amazing after the long hike :)

Started at 10:45am. Parking lot was about 1/2 full. Temperature was in low 60s at start and low 70's at end. Sky was clear and sunny. Hiking traffic was light, though there were 11-12 people at the fire lookout at 1:15pm. Mt. Ranier was visible, but in a bit of a haze which may have been partly smoke (from CA and OR fires) and/or partly low clouds from on-shore winds. Views to the north, east and west were pretty clear and magnificent as usual. Trail was in excellent shape, but dry/dusty. Alpine flowers were limited as season may have passed. Pond near the summit was almost dry, so need to carry enough water. I went thru 2.5 liters. Elapsed time: 2h 30m up; 1h 35m down.

Amazing! but bring bug spray, you will get swarmed with flies

I really like this hike. What I like is that you are shaded by the trees. There are switch backs but nothing grueling...do Bandera, Mt. Si or mailbox for a challenge but this is cake in comparison. I would consider this hike on the easier side of moderate. I think this lake is just as beautiful as snow lake. This lake actually took my breath away because it is so green. While I love snow lake too I enjoyed this one more due to the shade and not as many rocks. I will agree with the other reviews. BUG spray is a must. I didn’t need it until I got to the lake but I would have been miserable without it.

backpacking
15 days ago

We hiked and stayed the night at Spectacle Lake 7/28 - 7/29. Overall the hike was 10 miles one way and took us 4 hours to get to the lake.

The first 4.4 miles to Pete Lake was very easy with minimal elevation gain. We encountered a lot of mosquitos on this part of the hike.

The next 1.3 miles from Pete Lake to the Lemah Creek crossing was also pretty flat. The creek was about knee deep and wasn’t that hard to cross this time of year. The alternative, if the creek can’t be forded, is a 1.9 mile detour up Lemah Meadow Trail to the PCT.

From the creek, it’s about 0.7 miles to the PCT. Once on the PCT, it’s about 2.7 miles to the Spectacle Lake trail. This is where most of the elevation gain happens. The trail switchbacks up a burnt forest to the Spectacle Lake trail. From there, it is another 0.8 miles downhill to the lake. Most of the campsites are on the peninsula, there are also some campsites on the east side of the lake.

Went with my brother 7/25-7/26. This was my first hike. The trails were beautiful, and, as many have posted, full of mosquitos. Lots of switchbacks to climb up to the lake, but the waterfall and Spectacle Lake were amazing. Lots of friendly people on the trail. We leisurely made it from the trailhead to Spectacle Lake in about six hours (where we camped for the evening), and we spent about four and a half to get back the next day.

We went yesterday and had a lot of fun! We did both Upper and Lower Elliott. Lower is the more scenic one, but also a little more difficult, but I'd recommend doing both. It took us about 5 hours total, but we also hung out at the top for an hour or so. We did hear someone say they had seen Elliott the bear on the Lower trail, but sadly, or thankfully, we did not see him. The view is worth the hike and the trail itself is also pretty fun. I will say the road getting there could use a lot of work. We were in a Jeep, but I think any car could make it, just drive slow.

hiking
17 days ago

I love this trail ..... 2 weeks ago did it and started at 8:30 with EVERYONE else I guess
Today started at 7:30 and saw only a few on the way up and the “everyone else” on the way down :)
Up and down total time less than 4 hours.
Very dusty trail lots of bugs near the top. Bug repellent is a MUST.

Loved the lake, the waterfalls and the forest. Did not love the bugs.

Talus field fun! Such a great class 2 scramble, and it’s totally optional. At the loop, go right for the trail and left for the scramble, which takes you over the ridge to the firehouse. The granite’s got great friction, even with the moss. All trails has you going up the trail and down the talus field, which is what we did. Definitely go up the talus field and down the trail, i.e. do the loop clockwise. It is way more fun and faster this way. Took us just over 2 hours up and about the same coming down. The views are fabulous. The black flies, however, are awful. When you put the directions in your map app, make sure it tells you to get off at the right exit. Apple maps wanted us to walk 1.4 miles to the trailhead.

hiking
20 days ago

A nice scenic easy hike with a great lake view and well-maintained trail. Take Upper Elliot if you want to skip the crowds, but Lower Elliot has better scenery. If you continue to follow the trail after you get to the lake for about a half mile it will get very dense and you'll need to do some easy scrambling, but you'll eventually pop out on a really nice flat rock overlooking the lake that is perfect to dive off of. Worth it? Debatable. Saw several trout come up to the surface to take flies, so if you're into fishing you might want to bring a rod! The black flies were pretty bad on the trail and around the lake when we were there a few days ago. Beware of the bear and everyone trying to get selfies for Instagram.

Take a plastic bag for glissading, lots of sunscreen and water, it’s amazing enjoy!

hiking
20 days ago

Amazing hiking day. Got there 11am and back off the mountain at 5pm. The distances are a bit off. But it is 3.7 miles if you scramble up the front but there is a nice trail up the back which is 4.8 miles up and back.

Last weekend the mountain flowers were just starting so they should be great this weekend.

We didn’t hike it unfortunately. Bear was angerly breaking into the restroom yesterday. Boo.

Awesome hike! July 24 with Nahid and Aras! Full detailed map, extra layers, spikes, extra water and sun production makes this long hike more pleasant!

backpacking
21 days ago

My husband and I loved this place! Totally worth the hike. Clear waters and beautiful mountains reflecting off the lake! Lots of shade along the hike and camp area. The hike up there was tough, as we were carrying heavy packs. A breeze going back though. You'll be hiking mostly along the water if you go the lower Elliot route. It's more scenic than the upper Elliot trail and about a half mile shorter! Lots of mosquitoes on the trail but not really at the lake or camp area. Lacks some signs toward the end, if you get lost by the water fall, back track and look for a trail on your right, it's very close. No signs of Elliot the bear! Saw some salamanders (:

hiking
21 days ago

Arrived to the trailhead at 8am (7/22/18). Air was a comfortable 57° with a slight breeze. This was a welcome start as 90° was the forecasted high. There are 2 streams early on but nowhere else for water along the trail until you reach the meadow which is almost to the summit. Everyone in my party carried 2 liters which was enough for us and one dog until opportunity to refill. We each drank 4 liters (twice as much as usual). This was definitely due to the extreme temperature. The trail was well maintained and easy to follow until there are multiple branches near the meadow. We stayed right for the summer trail too soon and accidentally ended up off trail for a short period until our route met up with the actual trail. There is one other section where it is easy to lose the trail once the snow starts. The summer trail actually passes over the snow but there is a well worn bare trail that continues too far right. After walking for a bit we realized we missed it and had to backtrack along with 3 other groups. The epic views keep you distracted through the final push to the summit. There is plenty of room to find a boulder to call your own for lunch. 360° views and Rainier is just gobsmackingly gorgeous. This is my 2nd time up Granite and I will do it again. It took us 3 hours up and 3 hours down. We had a smallish dog with us and took frequent hydration/photo breaks.

Amazing hike, micro spikes not necessarily needed. You can miss the trail about a 1/3 of the way up as it was covered in snow (being first one in the trailhead) hard to find fresh tracks, but it's an easy find back to the trail. Unbelievable views from the top though.

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