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15 hours ago

Gorgeous

we did this hike on New Years Eve and again this past Sunday. One of our favorites for sure. NYE there was allot of snow, obviously fresh and super cold. This past weekend, much of the snow was gone and the lake wasnt as frozen. Two very different hikes and very different views along the way with and without the snow. Cant wait to come back in the summer to camp! Easy in and out very little elevation. Just enough to get your heart rate up a bit and then your there. LOTS of dogs off their leashes would be my only negative comment. We brought 3 dogs both times and kept them leashed for caution both times.

Road in wasn't bad, and could handle my tiny Hyundai Accent perfectly. I assume it isn't always that way, but there wasn't any snow and pot holes were easy to navigate. As for the trail, not slippery or icy for my trip. Some downed trees, but a hop over, and you're hiking again.The falls were well worth it, as well as the view you got of everything else at the top.

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.

hiking
5 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.

hiking
5 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
5 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.

6 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.

hiking
10 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.

hiking
15 days ago

The hike wasn’t too bad for someone who isn’t very athletic like myself. It was just very long so prepare for that! My boyfriend and I went out today for my birthday and we wore many layers but ended up getting drenched in rain water, river water (you have to cross many, some can get up to mid calf in depth) and ended up turning around before we actually reached Goat Lake because we were worried we wouldn’t make it back before sundown. We hiked Lower Elliot on the way to the lake and Upper Elliot on the way back.. which we recommend because taking Upper Elliot back allows you to descend most of the time. Our advice: wear rain boots in the rainy seasons, dress in layers, maybe bring food because of how long the hike is (took us 4+ hours and remember we didn’t even make it to the lake), and start out early so you can take your time!

hiking
15 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!

16 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.

Trail was in good winter condition. A little muddy in some spots, but nothing that couldn't easily be navigated. It was fairly icy for the last 1/3rd of a mile or so, especially on the steps and wooden walkways.

hiking
17 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!

Easy quick hike, no ice, great time. Would love to see it in summer time too

hiking
17 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.

This was the hardest hike I have ever done (hiking around a year only 2nd trail ever in Cascades). extremely steep. the rocks you have to climb were covered in and ice making it super difficult. the waterfall was amazing to see and the tree was very cool. the stairs were also very icy. Be advised you basically climb up the waterfall/streams lots of rocks!

camping
19 days ago

Hiked in on 12/26 to do a couple of days of snow camping. The area is stunning and quite snowy (note: be aware that the road leading
up to the trailhead is getting challenging for non 4x4s). The bridge over the creek is fine (having poles is a plus for this hike) and the lake frozen over. Baring Mountain looming high above the lake is a sight to see, complete with a crown of clouds.

I had to cut my camping short as my bivvy sack, pad, sleeping bag, wool blanket, and wool base and middle layers weren’t enough for the clear sky cold of the night. I went to bed at 7:30 or so and woke up at 9:20 realizing I was feeling areas of cold even through all of my layers. I elected to bail and hiked back through the forest in light snow following the partially filled tracks of previous hikers. I did get to see very fresh elk tracks - probably missed saying hello by a few minutes.

Walking back at night was a very intense and vibrant experience. I will say I did crazy ivans every few minutes to look for any night eyes. A little disappointed at not being able to stay the night but the overall experience was magical.

19 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)

it is definitely worth the effort especially in the winter time. The snow is beautiful

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.

Amazing views!!

We went on 12/27, once you turn onto the service road theres a few pot holes, we hit quite a bit of snow on the way up the road around 10 a.m. and some cars got stuck, one had to get towed out. The hike was gorgeous, there's some slushy snow on lake, we brought micro spikes but didn't need them. Very minimal elevation gain, but as it gets more icy would be good to have spikes and poles. Plan for extra time as it takes longer in the snow, esp. if you have to park a ways down due to road conditions. There is a bathroom at the trailhead and lots of shy camprobbers :)

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful! Easy, but fun. It was good for working on endurance. The trail is doable in the snow, but I wished I’d had poles and/or spikes for my boots because I was slipping and sliding a bit when the snow started to melt.

One of the beat hikes I had for the distance. Very beautiful and serene. Not very busy.

Very easy and family friendly trail with pretty views. Anyone can do this trail. It’s worth a visit.

hiking
26 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
26 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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