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Hiked mid-April 2018, camping at the Chalet. It's clearly early season as much trail maintenance is required at this point in time. Many blow downs and water running down and along the trail. Had to bushwack several sections or walk through a 3-inch deep stream that could be considered a trail on a dry day. The last two miles or so to the chalet is under snow, and luckily there were some footprints from previous hikers, from maybe a week ago, that indicated some kind of trail. We were completely alone up here. The last hiker we saw was still before Pony Creek, and we didn't see anyone else until the next day when we approached Fire Creek. The trail is washed out when you enter the valley, so be prepared to do some climbing until maintenance arrives. By this point we had given up on trying to stay dry because it seemed impossible no matter how hard we tried. Found some snow-free tent spots behind the chalet and promptly froze my ass off through the night. Thankfully it was so cold the bears didn't bother us up there, though we did see some around mile 10, along with lots of elk. In the morning the fog had cleared and we saw the mountain peaks that were obscured the previous evening. Hiked back down in the sunshine, enjoying the wild and gnarly landscape. Water is in abundance so you can keep a light pack, I never carried more than a Liter at a time. If I needed more I could stop anywhere to fill up and filter. Overall it was a very good and challenging hike and would definitely recommend to others, but prepare for wintery conditions higher up for the next few weeks.

backpacking
15 hours ago

Scenic Hike. Gorgeous views at the top.

Very busy during the summer. Parking can be scarce and you can be waiting in choke point in the trail for a few minutes waiting for people to pass through.

Great trail! Started hike at about 8am! Great amount of people on trail. About an hour up and hour back. After 9:30am, trail got really busy!

If you like rush hour traffic on the trail, this is the one for you. Considering what the Pacific Northwest has to offer in this area, the trail itself was rather boring with little to no views the entire way up. The view at the top is pretty great and the color of the lake was neat, but be prepared to shuffle through tourists as well as locals and good luck getting a spot on the cliff to take in the view (which was basically 50+ people taking selfies). You're better off going the extra clip to the very top to get away from the crowds, but even then it was pretty busy. It was good to spend a nice day outside with the great weather, but won't be doing this trail again.

Great Trail, Great View

on Annette Lake Trail

3 days ago

We hiked this trail the middle of March. Was very surprised how much snow was up on the mountain. You couldn’t even make it to the parking lot where the trail head was. So that made our trek a little longer than planned however it was a great hike.

Quick drive from Seattle. The view is fantastic. Expect to see at least another twenty hikers at the lookout.

An incredible trail that is well worth the hike. I was a bit out of shape so it was a little harder than I expected. We got up early so we could beat everyone onto the trail which is a great general rule if you want to keep at your own pace.

The views are incredible. One of my absolute favorite hikes.

hiking
10 days ago

so gorgeous...

Beautiful!! Just be sure to pack a head net for al of the flies. We backpacked there for 2 nights and had a blast!

A very beautiful trail but I had to turn back just before the lake, as you have to cross an avalanche chute and I didn't think it was safe with the melting snow. Microspikes and hiking poles are a most. If you bring a dog, make sure their aren't pullers, otherwise you will be dragged off the trail as its only a foot wide track by other hikers. I'd wait till spring to finish this one safely.

Very crowded. Nice hike.

Great sunrise hike or afternoon hike. Crowded.

One of the coolest hikes I have ever done. If you do this loop as an overnight counter-clcokwise staying in the basin, there's a really cool unofficial but easy to follow trail leading from the east side of Lunch Lake past some other lakes back up to the ridge and if you jump off that trail you get epic views over Long Lake.

Beautiful views on the way up and at the top. It was a little snowy towards the top and I fell a few times when hiking down but no serious injuries sustained! Lol. I’ll wear hiking boots next time. Easy, fun, beautiful hike.

hiking
21 days ago

Great way to walk in the woods! Every mile offered a sense of discovery. Would love to come back for an overnight trip!

Amazing view. Truly amazing. Hike was steep, but pretty. The destination is definitely worth going for.

It was sunny today, but there were a lot of people on this trail for a Monday. This is about as difficult as my family can handle for now. Great view at the top.

trail was packed. quite the hike up on a hot day. nice views at the top.

Beautiful park with a lot of opportunity for quieter hiking. Mountain bikers frequent the trail, but are courteous and only hike one way! Quite a few open clearings if you push up towards the summit.

hiking
24 days ago

MICROSpikes or yak tracks strongly recommended right now. Trekking poles were also very helpful in some steeper areas.

A very fun trail with awesome views on sunny days. Well worth the trip to get here.

This hike was probably at the time, the most strenuous hike I’ve ever went on. It starts easy looping up but the incline starts to kick in probably 20 minutes in. Once you make it to the top.... the view is absolutely breathtaking. We sat there for hours. Start early, if not.. no later than 2pm. This hike takes about 2 hours. Great for photography shots. Seriously an Instagram worthy spot.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful day for a hike. Used our micro spikes, which helped a lot. There was a pretty large avalanche chute through part of the trail, but it was stable enough to pass. After the avalanche crossing, the snow was pretty deep as there weren’t any fresh tracks. We made it to the lake, and it was gorgeous. Well worth the effort! Looking forward to coming back in the summer! Parking wasn’t bad. We were in an all wheel drive vehicle and would have made it to the parking lot, but there was a car stuck. There is plenty of parking on the drive in, only .3 miles or less from trailhead. Enjoy! :)

This trail is an amazing workout in the forest. The trail climbs up steeply. There are several switchbacks but they are usually short. At the end of March, there was slippery, iced over snow on the trail starting at about 2 miles in.

I really enjoyed this hike. Perfect for all levels I believe. It can be strenuous but also, has a steady incline, so you can make it as tough or easy as you want. I also want to clarify that this hike is 5miles round trip, you just have to be sure to hit the Upper Ledge. The lower ledge is 2miles from trail head to view, but if you continue on another 1/2mile you will find the middle and upper ledges. Not as much room to run around on those ledges, but truly beautiful.

You have to hike 10 miles of road just to access the official Olympic Hot Springs Trailhead. A couple miles in, the road is washed out and uncrossable (deep water). There are several re-routes around the washout. The first is a ~1/4 a mile before the bridge on the Elwha River Trail. Second is right before crossing bridge, though route is rough (steep/flooded/not official trail). The third re-route is a log crossing on the left, in between bridge and road washout. There are red/pink flags marking routes, but these can be confusing. May be difficult with heavy bikes, but doable if you’re adventurous. There were cyclists who did it while we were there. Past the reroute, the road is gradual up to the old Elwha dam. Beyond that it gets steeper and winding, with lots of trees and debris to cross over/around. When you reach the official Trailhead, the snow goes from a couple inches to up to 12’ deep in areas. Hot springs are filled with green algae, and the first 4-5 are Luke warm and shallow (less than knee deep). Get there early to get the deeper pools. Boulder Creek Campground is right there, less than .5 miles from springs, with bear wires and pit toilets. Permits required to camp and no fires/dogs allowed.

This hike is only 4 miles, not 5. It was on the easier side of moderate with a huge payout at the end. Absolutely gorgeous views!! I did Poo Poo Point last weekend and Rattlesnake Ledge is definitely easier in comparison. Busy but otherwise a great hike! No snow on the actual trail, which was nice.

Fun trail. The views from the top are awesome. Lots of people use this trail so it is a little crowded.

Really enjoyed this hike. This was my first time out on a hike and I loved it. coming down was a little slippery but overall it was worth it. One of the bridges is falling apart.

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