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hiking
5 hours ago

I thought it was pretty easy though we did take a couple breathers

beautiful trail that gets really steep on the climb up.

16 hours ago

great trail that has a nice steady elevation.there are many rocks and streams to navigate around which can get a little slippery when things get really cold.

Where do I start. Following Maps to the trail head I ended up in paid parents lot. $5 for a public trail? Luckily I’m family with the area and found street parking just on the other side of 522 and used the Burke-Gilman trail to access the trail head which it adjoins to. The first part of this trail runs mostly along the UW Bothell campus before using pedestrian sidewalks to cross over the loud and busy 405 Freeway. Only a very small portion winds through protected wetlands. Next timeI will try starting out further north on trail.

hiking
6 days ago

Very beautiful, with at least three great overlooks to accommodate different difficulty levels. I would call this overall Moderate, not Easy, but our group (and dog) had no problems getting to the Middle Falls. The final 1km Upper Falls stretch is marked Hard.

Pretty good hike. Got more tired towards the upper falls. Wasn’t expecting it to be as steep. But overall a great hike. Went in the morning to avoid crowds and was pleasant. Though noticed a few people with dogs off leash which was not awesome. For that reason I wouldn’t be able to bring my dog next time I hike this trail.

trail is great, we'll maintained. more moderate than easy. really pretty woods and falls. weekends are packed, and there were some dog owners with their dogs off leash (and not well behaved) which was not great. would go back, but would be more careful on timing to avoid the crowds.

lots of ups and downs. lots of fungi..... fun hike with kids and critters. my only complaint..... need more signs.

Challenging yet doable without lots of experience. I suggest bringing water and a snack to have at the beach!

8 days ago

The Lake at the top is worth the climb. Got to trail around 10:20am and parking lot was full. The trail is well maintained but one needs waterproof hiking boots. Down hill was much harder since some parts of the trail have tons of loose rocks.

hiking
8 days ago

A fun hike with a decent climb. I started on the trail at 8:45 and ran into 4-5 groups on my way up. I started back at around 10 and the trail had gotten very busy.

Super easy trail, you can shorten the trip by leaving from the picnic area. Plenty of exploring options once you reach the caves and leave the trail, but apparently that's frowned upon due to all of the injuries. In early October you can safely walk up pretty far from the trail and still be well enough away from the caves. Many people were going inside the cave but it really is a bad idea. This trail is well worth the effort. I want to go back in winter. Be aware that the lack of difficulty also means MANY people in troves. Id suggest off season or weekday.

Beautiful! Great hike!

10 days ago

Amazing.

Oct. 6, 2018: Decided to come here for a quick hike with a view!! Fewer people in the afternoon-sun down. Worth it!

hiking
13 days ago

We always skipped this hike because of how crowded it is, but I am so happy we went this weekend! Save the hike for a rainy day and you’ll have a near-empty trail. The colors at the lake are gorgeous right now. Slow and steady incline with a nearly flat walk around the lake.

Easy hike with great views.

Great trail. Might be rough for small children.

hiking
14 days ago

Hiked with 5 meetupers from Hiking with Dorks. 5.4 miles rated moderate. Trail well marked. Middle Falls most spectacular

Many views of the waterfall! So so so pretty! Went midweek and it was pretty quiet and easy to find parking. Discovery pass was needed.

Nice trail... very quiet - probably because of the time of year.. well kept, falls didn’t have much water but a nice place to hang out - esp. for the kids.. it’s an easy trail - saw some families with 4-6yr olds.. lot of people walking their dogs too..

Very nice

15 days ago

Nice

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful area. It took us about 90min to reach the lake. It was rather foggy while we were at the lake, which restricted views but it was still beautiful. In cooler weather, watch out for ice glaze on the raised wooden platforms as you walk around the lake, they were really slippery, but don’t look it.

It took us 3 hr 45 minutes from start to finish, and according to my Fitbit, it was more like 7.5 miles. We arrived at 8:45am on a Saturday, and had no troubles finding parking.

That first leg to the lake was tough at times since it’s pretty steep sometimes, and the return is challenging because navigating the loose rocks while going downhill can be tricky, but I still managed fine and I’m no outdoorsy, hiking master, just an average person of average fitness levels. Though I was absolutely wiped at the end of it. Wear hiking shoes for sure though, you’ll want something with good traction. And ideally water resistant/proof, there was a lot of running water over the trails.

trail running
17 days ago

This trail is conveniently located near where I live so it's a go to when I need hills incorporated into my training. It's nice and peaceful but there are houses on much of it. This is one that I like to take my headphones with and zone out. I wouldn't agree with the other comments about the gates, they haven't been an issue for me and I still couldn't understand why they would be even with a bike...

20 days ago

Absolutely stunning views! You follow a river basically all the way up the trail. This trail offers it all from feeling like you are in an enchanted forest to rocky mountain areas and then what everyone comes here for a freaking lake nestled into a snow capped mountain!

Pretty peaceful, easy to follow trail, scenic. Great for kids! My 3.5yr old loved the ducks.

Very nice afternoon walk. The only reason it doesn't get five stars is that it's truly just a walk in the woods. To get 5 stars from me, it's got to be somewhat strenuous and have rewarding views.

hiking
21 days ago

2018/09/30 Sunday (Hiking Date). Enjoyed the hike. Pretty good work out. Very good views of Water falls and Wallace River. Trail path is neat and well marked. Has parking lot (Discovery Pass Required) and well maintained rest rooms. It took around 4 hours to Upper falls (out and back). Traffic on US-2 Highway. Definitely go there again.

Good casual hike

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