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Beautiful trail, currently just covered in snow. Unfortunately on our way back down from a couple day hike, it looks like the trail is now closed for the season. We had to remove, and put back, barricades to get my car out of the trailhead.

hiking
2 days ago

Today, December 12th, was my second time hiking this trail. The first time was in July, and I must say that I enjoyed the hike even more today! Saw 90% less hikers, the views were stunning, there was lots of snow in the lake, and way more water flowing down the trail. My regular hiking shows were pretty good for the adventure. The rain and snow just made it more exciting.

My wife and I love this hike, I hiked it on my own today, i made it 3/4 of the way but turned back after hitting knee high snow (I gambled not taking snow shoes). So, fun winter hike, lots of running water, just bring your snow shoes and poles to get to see her

backpacking
4 days ago

Snow packed trail on upper section towards the lookout. Hiking boots were sufficient

Did the old trail up and new trail down on Friday 12/07. This past week the weather was amazing so the hike was great. Started hitting light snow about 3,400 feet which increased with elevation.
Was all packed down though some parts were a little icy. I went without spikes or poles which would have been nice but not a necessity yet. The old trail up was definitely a challenge. I made it to the mailbox in 1:50 so I was hauling. The way down on the new trail took about 2:25 as I was taking my time but could definitely be done faster. Very rewarding hike!!

Great view at the top. Snow halfway up. Was deep and windy near the top

hiking
7 days ago

I hiked up lake 22 on 12/5.

Many parts of the trail was icy. It would be helpful to have spikes.we brought our spikes, but we didn't use them. However, it would have been a lot easier to go up and down certain parts had we had spikes on. The snow around the lake is absolutely beautiful. We walked around the lake, and the snow on a trail was packed.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful hike! We hiked it in July. My almost 5 and almost 3 year old did it with me. Took a little longer with the kids in tow, but that is expected and it was a great hike. They really enjoyed it. There is a picnic area with tables by the lower falls which was nice. The kids were ready for lunch by the time we reached it so it was a nice lunch with a gorgeous view. We hiked up to the middle falls after lunch and it’s so worth it. Beautiful views, very peaceful. We went on a week day and it wasn’t too busy, definitely worth it. Also the little ranger station has a junior ranger scavenger hunt for the kids, if they complete it they get to pick a badge. Awesome way to keep them moving and in the lookout for things. Will do this again!

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked to lake 22 today knowing that it is a very popular hike we thought a mid week hike would deter a lot of people. Well we were wrong. We arrived just before 9 and there was only 2 other cars in the parking lot. But on the way back down we ran in to everyone. I was a little underwhelmed by the hike after hearing all the hype. There is about 8 inches of snow once you hit the lake but since it has been so nice out for the past few days the snow is iced over and very compact. Did come across a few places that you had to watch your step because of water frozen over on the trail.

Amazing hike, not too difficult even in the snow. Wen tin Dec.2,2018. Microspikes/crampons definitely help in the icy spots. Weren’t too many good view points at Talapus Lake but kept going to Olallie Lake where it was more open and offered great view points of the lake. Would love to see how it looks in the summertime as well.

hiking
12 days ago

This is a nice trail, but very heavily trafficked (at least on weekends)
If it's not foggy, you can have a clear view of the valley somewhere near the lake. A lot of moss, a few waterfalls and river streams to cross, typical PNW landscape.

The lake is nice, was snowy when we went (Dec. 2nd).

hiking
13 days ago

Awesome hike with 3 falls and the valley lookout.

hiking
14 days ago

We went in late November and it was an amazing snowy hike! We went in the morning and had beautiful light piercing through the fog and trees. The first third had no snow, second third had some, and the final third was a bit icy. On the way down in the early afternoon the ice had thawed a bit so we didn't slip too much! Poles are good to have, and spikes would probably be even better. The lake was pristine!

Very challenging hike. There's other more beautiful hikes in the area, but the workout is worth it for this one.

Went early yesterday and had the trail and lake largely to ourselves (passed three people on the way down).
Other reports are correct first third is snow free, second third is icy and final third was packed down snow (up to about 1-2feet). The icy section was difficult to traverse uphill and microspikes would have been helpful (we had poles), however on the way down the ice and snow did start to melt a bit.

The mileage is incorrect! It’s only 3.5miles each way, 7 miles in total. Took us just over two hours to get up, and less to get down.

Otherwise a gorgeous hike, starts in the forest, passes some waterfalls, snow covered mountains and ends in the lake that was completely frozen over for us. Super pretty at this time of year!

Beautiful falls!!

hiking
19 days ago

a lot of snow weather perfect two and a half hours to get Pratt lake beautiful I love it

Okay, whoever called this an ‘Easy’ hike definitely overlooked the fact that the trail from middle falls to upper is actually marked ‘more difficult’, and rightly so. This is definitely a ‘moderate’ hike, with many many falls-view treats. About 0.5-1 mile into the trail, you reach small falls, it’s a very intimate, beautiful view of the falls. If you proceed along there’s a little loop that’s 0.5 mile called intervine trail, you wouldn’t miss much if you choose to skip that and head back to the woody trail. As one would expect you reach the lower falls, it’s the first view of Wallacefalls you’ll have, it will take your breath away. It’s majestic. About ~0.5 miles in you reach the Middle Wallace falls. This is perhaps my favorite view of the falls, it brings you much closer to the falls, not enough to feel the mist but still close. You could move your head about 120 degeres and catch a view of the Wallace falls and the majestic Olympic skyline. One of the hikers mentioned that usually it’s never a clear view of the skyline and that today we had gotten lucky. Luck we were, indeed!
Most hikers turned back at this point. I choose to continue along to the next 0.6 mile to the upper falls. This section was the hardest. It’s switch back city and the trail unforgiving making you gain nearly 1000ft. The upper falls, to me was a little underwhelming. Partly cause I ran into a group of hikers that chose to lunch at the viewing spot of the falls. But still just as beautiful. I ended up using my hiking poles on the way back from upper to middle falls, the steepness and the wetness was a little scary, so it really helped. Took me about 3hrs RT. This is such a great winter hike and I have my hearts content of waterfalls :)

hiking
20 days ago

Currently a gorgeous snowy hike! I arrived around 8:30 today (Sunday 11/25) to find 7 other cars in the lot. The road was fine, a few potholes, and the parking area was slushy/icy. Trail was in good shape and easy to follow, but I’d highly recommend spikes or poles. I did see people without (in sneakers or boots), but I was very glad to have my spikes - I wore them starting about 1.5 miles in/2700 ft elevation. It was very windy at the lake, so have extra layers! The lot was pretty full when I returned around noon. All in a great first truly snowy hike for me! Also, this is the only trail that my Fitbit clocked as shorter & lower elevation than AllTrails (eg alltrails said you arrive at lake at 4.4 miles, but I clocked 3.62), so don’t be scared off by the mileage!

Mission was to find snow..didn't check trail just started hiking. Definitely didn't realize the distance of the trail. Accomplished half the trail, basically the day beat me. Need to do more training, the elevation was a bit of a challenge for me.

Night time hiking trying to break mountaineering boots in. Not a good idea I advise everyone not to try but I did it anyways. This is not my only time going up to check the mail. For as close as a fun hike it is it’s wonderful for conditioning! Old trail up and down this time. The new trail down is about the same time as the old if you do some ruining.

Moderate and specifically the first mile or so is broad and well maintained. Snow level dropped to estimated 3700 ft, so by the time you hit Talapus lake the trail was getting pretty slushy and muddy. Bring your good hiking boots and microspikes for the return trip.

This one has been on my list and we couldn’t have had a more beautiful day for it (11/18/18). Hiked the new trail up and back down, I don’t think my knees could have taken the old trail from what I hear. Pretty brutal last 1/2 mike until you reach the Peak but no question, worth it all! Gorgeous views of the PNW.

Mason Lake trail is a wonderful hike. No snow or ice on the road. We enjoyed the waterfalls, even green trees, Mount Rainer view on the way up. No so much traffic, the forest is nice and quite. The Lake view is stunning. The hike is much easy than we expected.

Two words... HEATED RESTROOMS. (Located at the trailhead). Great amenities for a chilly November morning!!! Arrived at 830am to an abundance of parking... Much fuller around 230pm when leaving... Only saw about 15 others total throughout the day. A few super respectful dog owners (Appreciated!!!)/trail runners and mushroom foragers (How PNW of them...). Overall easy hike with well maintained trails... Great views of the falls. A missed off-shoot did head us up a steeply inclined maintenance road... What's another 6 miles???

Get there early. Excellently maintained trail. Great view from the middle.

Great hike for the first two lower falls, the last one really is a killer for the stairs to get to the top falls!

hiking
27 days ago

Great hike but definitely not an easy hike. Incline most of the day with little switchbacks to change up the hike but the lake and views of Rainier make it totally worth it.

Did this hike today and it was very very nice!!! A little muddy, but that’s ok. Very pretty peaceful hike only saw a couple others on the trail. It’s worth it to hike the extra mile to the second lake. It was fairly easy for the most part. A couple spots had your heart pumpin, but other than that it was very mild. The sounds of the water were so calming and it was very well maintained!! Had a great time!!!’

We did this hike on Mothers Day. We took the old trail up & new trail down..wear proper shoes for the down hill. Amazing accomplishment....hardest
one for me so far

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