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Nice trail, soothing lake views the whole way. would love to do this in summer!

good walk for the dogs

Went yesterday (13 Jan) and the weather was beautiful. The trail was a bit damp but doable in tennis shoes. Only takes about an hour to reach the lookout and is ~4.5 miles round trip. Get there before noon in order to get parking near the Sammish Overlook!

Just the right length. Beautiful trees.

Climbed this one in the winter. Definitely need a 4x4 and snow chains to make it to the TH. Recommended to have knowledge of avalanche safety for the winter route, as there are 3-4 hazardous areas of crossing. Overall, a fair bank for your buck.

I loved this hike! Up here visiting a friend and went while she was in class. Paths are very obvious, making solo hiking less daunting. Fairly steep incline up to the Echo checkpoint. There is a really nice lookout point about a half mile from the lake, you can see everything, BEAUTIFUL!!

It was a nice walk, but if you’re looking for views or a good climb this isn’t for you. Great for children and/or strollers. Not strenuous at all. It is very clean and well maintained!

The view!

Hiked this many times!

Love this place!

on Sauk Mountain Trail

hiking
13 days ago

Did this with my buddy Alex on New Years Morning. We were only able to get about 3 miles from the trail head due to snow on the dirt road path. The snow shoeing was amazing, and the views were incredible. We were unable to actually do the 1.5 summit because of the snow conditions, but would love to go back with some more equipment to finish the hike.

This hike offer all scenery from forest to flower fields to mountains. Absolutely stunning! One of my favorites!

snowshoeing
16 days ago

Came to this gem yesterday, the snow level was down to about 3.5 miles from the trailhead. We snowshoed up to the trailhead and were treated to some great views of the Skagit. Didn’t go past the trailhead but well worth the trouble just to get to the trailhead.

Great for kids. Went with another mom and our five kids (2,4,6,7,8). Easy and pretty quick even with stopping with kids and reading the signs. We will definitely do this every season to see the difference in the vegetation.

A perfect day to start off the New Year 2019, gorgeous views, perfect day to hike...conditions were awesome.

Hiked this on June 24. A little bit of snow near the parking lot but it wasn't a problem even for cars. The only snow on the trail wasn't until the very top, no special equipment was needed. Cool snow cave up there. Definitely going to do it again and hopefully in the exact same conditions. Very refreshing and beautiful views!

Love this hike! Not easy but entirely worth it. I've done it twice, both times in late July.

hiking
18 days ago

This was wonderful, but it’s definitely mislabeled as easy. If you’re just going up to Hole in the Wall, it is easy, but if you’re going much farther north, it’s probably best characterized as hard by AT standards. Gets harder as you go. Not much cardio or elevation, but there are significant stretches of large rocks, some of which can be wet, slippery, jagged etc. Lots of potential to slip and fall or mess up your ankle. Wear a stiff boot or hiking shoe with good ankle support and grip. If you’re doing the whole trail/beach, leave early and clear out a good chunk of your day. The rocks *really* slow you down and you need to focus on every step at parts. And obviously watch the tide... I think I read that it can seal you off if it comes in behind you? I left as it was fairly high and falling.

I did most of the trail, but turned back a couple miles before the end. Just got hungry. Loved it though. Highly recommend. Would be a great overnight camping trip.

Oh, be prepared to roll up your pants and go through the small creek barefoot, or just head on through, but there’s no way past it without getting wet that I could see. I was in over my knees. It was a lot lower on the way back.

Did this hike a few years ago and just found it again. Was absolutely stunning but recommend coming the opposite way as them the hike is easier and you can camp at the nice camps. Take time to enjoy the scenery.

hiking
25 days ago

We did this hike on 12/22 and started at around 10:30 AM. The lower gate was open but the second gate was closed. We were the only car parked at the second gate and could tell from the foot prints that there were only two other people in front of us going up the road. The snow starts on the road about mid way between the first and second gate and covers the ground all the way up to the top.

The hike itself is great. Fresh deep powder all the way up. Beautiful scenes the entire way. It is cold though you will need good winter/snow gear.

When we arrived at the top we found the tower was boarded up and closed. There was a small opening at the bottom of the door so we crawled in and found the other two people that had went up that day. They told us that earlier in the morning the lower gate had been closed as well so they had to make the climb from the Heather Lake parking area.

The top was beautiful but very windy and quite cold so be prepared.

Short sweet hike ... splits at .6 left is woods ... right is climb to falls ( be careful)

Who else saw the bear today!? We could hear another group whistling, clapping etc. for about 3 min ahead of us! He/she scooted up the gully across from us PDQ but was visible for about 10 seconds or so before it disappeared into the under growth. Great hike and outstanding scenery! Trail in great condition and anyone could make the trek

Gorgeous clear day to see beautiful scenery all the way up. great view of northern Cascades. Probably more an easy than moderate hike...mostly consistent pitch with some rest flats. Icy but no snow.

Moderately difficult short hike with 360 views at 7000 feet- recommend

Hiked 2Dec2018, plenty of snow up there. Recommend poles and micro spikes. Road to the TH gets a little sketchy with snow and ice about 2 miles in. Our friends four wheel drive Jeep Cherokee made it up no problem but we passed a few vehicles pulled off prior to the TH. The trail itself was pretty good. Wasnt difficult at all as there's so many switchbacks that they have a pretty level grade. It's STEEP looking down though and there's a few spots towards the top that were pretty nerve racking for my 13 year old. Once we got near the top thr trail took you to nowhere so we ended up back tracking a little and snowshoeing a new trail but we were unable to make a trail to the summit. Maybe if we didn't have kids we would've tried but thr risk reward wasn't there. Stay to the right at thr trees on the top. The way down was easy except for those few spots I mentioned earlier we kept our snowshoes on. Weather was foggy and cloudy so we didn't get much of a view other than the lake below. Still a beautiful hike, highly recommended.

We did this hike on Sunday 12/2 between 10am-2pm, the actual road to the hike was uphill and lots of potholes in the beginning but it does get better and turn into an actual road closer to the top of the trail. Snow on the entire trail, gets a bit deeper closer to the top about 1 inch of snow. Not very crowded, saw more people as we were coming down than going up. The last section of the hike is like a mini rock climb to get to the tower you have to climb up some rocks and then climb the ladder to the tower, bring good snow gear if you plan on going to the very top at this time very cold and icy! Great hike overall, one of our favorites. Bring northwest forest pass!!

Beautiful fall hike with deers and chip monks. Outstanding vegetation and moss. :)

backpacking
1 month ago

We hiked in and spent the night. Two days wasn't enough though. You need at least three to fully experience this one. Especially if you're coming from Seattle and have to drive 3+ hours to get there. The forest is dense with vegetation, mushrooms, and towering trees. The river glistens with light that filters through the valley. The trail got a bit muddy are second day when the rains returned.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked on Saturday (11/24). Road and trail were covered with snow. We parked about 2 miles from the TH and walked up the road. Other cars were able to make it about a mile from the trail head before the snow and ice were too much to continue. The last 200-300 meters before the TH were covered in about a foot of untouched snow. View from the TH was great! Everyone we saw come up after us didn't continue beyond the TH. We continued up the trail, which would be difficult to do without snow shoes and gators/waterproof pants. Without any tracks in front of us and 1 -2 feet of fresh snow, it made for a much tougher hike up. There were points when it was a bit difficult to find the trail and we were definitely glad we had the right gear. Great views all the way up!

Beautiful and pretty steep hike up. You can camp, but no fires so I'd recommend if you want to that you do it in the warmer months.

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