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went there August 12th 2018. it was cloudy but definitely a great hike.

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1 day ago

Whew! The inclines were never ending but that’s the joys of summiting mountains! I brought my six year old with me. We did some frequent stops and I put him on my back for a lil bit because I was impatient to summit. He did absolutely great throughout the whole trail. Hit the trail around 10 am. At noon it started to get a little busy. Lots of dogs on this trail, they love it.

The only bummer was the fog. Did not get to see the view. But super proud of my kiddo for completing his first “moderate” hike!

Closed because of a forest fire

3 days ago

great view.....but you can drive up there..

Groomed trail. Beautiful views. Aggressive huge horse flies; bee body with fly wings! Steady climb up. No cover at about 2 miles. Suggest starting early to avoid the hot sun. Beautiful display of wild flowers at 2 miles.

7 days ago

Loved this hike. Our gps said 6.9 miles. Pretty easy but enough to keep it interesting and keep you puffing a little if you move at a good pace. Loved the shaded forest, pretty bridges and views. Then the top is gorgeous! We swam in the lake after lunch and had a blast. Loved it! Highly recommend for beginners.

hiking
8 days ago

My wife and I hiked this trail in late July 2018. We parked straight off of Hwy 101 and hiked clockwise, getting the majority of the vert early in the hike. We started in the fog, but quickly got above it to sunshine and beautiful views of Mt Olympus. The fog cleared as the hike progressed and the views South toward Mt Olympus got better and better! We also got great views of Crescent Lake from up high! The trail was easy to follow and well marked, with loads of wild, consumable berries to munch along the way. The short spur trail to the summit climaxed in a sign confirming the elevation, but no view. Still though do it because it’s no real additional effort. Total loop distance of 13 miles, and took us just at 6 hours at a casual pace. Enjoy and happy trails.

It’s a nice lake to end up at, but compared to Mt Ellinor and Staircase, it’s not quite as scenic. the actual hiking seemed like a B-level of mt ellinor which has much better views.

Very nice, flat stroll. Beautiful views of Lake Crescent the entire hike. Must see Devil’s Punchbowl- as others have said, take the trail LEFT of the 1st tunnel, not through the tunnel. You will cross a bridge over the swimming hole. Then loop around so that you go through the tunnel on the return trip. Great for kids!

hiking
15 days ago

nice hike, go early in the morning, parking is limited on the weekend's.

We hiked from the Spruce RR trailhead all the way to the North Campground, about 5-5.5 miles EACH way. The CLIFF diving, also known as Devil's punchbowl in 1 mile in from trailhead. The reason newbies MISS it is because they wish to walk THRU the RR tunnel. If you're going to swim or watch jumpers, you take the dirt trail to the LEFT of the 1st tunnel. The swimming/cliff diving is on that path along the lake to the side of the 1st bridge. Water is deep, blue and COLD!! Have fun. The next tunnel is 1.6 miles continued along the trail. After that... we "thought" we'd find another trail and it was a LONGGGG trek all the way to that darn North Campground (one portapotty)and then 2 miles back to the 2nd tunnel. Kinda boring from 2nd tunnel to the North campground on a newly crushed gravel road.

Absolutely stunning hike. Did the extra 3 miles round trip to the summit of Mt. Buckhorn; worth the extra elevation gain! At the top of marmot pass, the trail intersects with Tubal Cain. Take a right and scramble up the steep trail to reach the summit. Perfect warm day and amazing views of the Olympics.
And the signs to the upper big quilcene trailhead are very visible, including the 2750 forest road.

This was closer to 8 miles by the time we got back to our car. Moderate (& maybe easy) for experienced hikers or fit folks. but for this chubby hiker, it was hard. It took 3 hours up, and 1 hr 45 mins down. Lots of small breaks. i would do it again after more experience. Some confusion toward the end of the trail, and we ended up off trail (i think its the old trail) down to the lake. Lots of horse flies down by the water. Very trafficked trail, & lots of dogs. Most were leashed, but not all. Narrow trail, up hill (switch backs) almost completely to the lake. Don't forget to purchase a parking pass (at trail head.) The Washington state parks pass doesnt work.

Best maintained hiking trail I’ve been on. Went today and it was beautiful weather! A little hazy at the top but well worth every step up. Take bug spray and use it frequently- lots of bugs. Get there early for parking. Best hiking trail I’ve been on!

Great trail for the entire family. Dog friendly, shaded, well groomed trail for hiking and biking. A few tighter areas that may require walking your bike, but safe for everyone. A lot of people were looking for the bridge and Devils punch bowl but could not find it. Locals may have a better idea, as no one we encountered knew of its location. So ask around if that’s what your going for.

Amazingly rewarding yet ass-kicking hike to the peak but so beautiful when you wake up and hike up to the peak to catch the sunrise in the morning! lots of over growth in some areas and walked passed a bee hive just be careful going up moonshine flats

Great short distance yet moderately challenging hike. :)

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful views. Worth the trek up. Highly recommend putting this on your summer to-hike list. It is a popular hike so preferably do this on a weekday and start early if you like solitude.

Last week, 7-14-18,and 7-15-18, we did an overnighter to Camp Mystery with a day hike above Marmot Pass and back for a RT mileage of 13.4.

Arrived at trailhead, #833 and on the trail by 9:20am. There were about 35 cars in the parking lot and many campers walked by us as we were getting ready. Its fairly steep in the beginning but steeper after Shelter Rock about mid-way in. That said, a good pace can be made upto Shelter Rock, which is big enough to allow camping. After Shelter Rock it's much steeper with hardly any switch backs. It opens up to good viewpoint a couple times.


Not knowing the camping options on the pass, we stopped at Camp Mystery because there was a good site available. It's 5.8 mles in and a very popular place to camp. After setting up camp we hiked to Marmot Pass. Beautiful! A must see. Then hiked left and up to a platue-like peak were it's even more beautiful...with spectacular view of mountain ranges near and far. Beautiful! Camping is also available here. We saw at over 10 tents on top, 4 along the ridge to the top and 3-4 in the meadow below the Pass, with room to spare but you'll have company. Alot of people camped at Camp Mystery stayed at the top to watch the sunset. We opted not to. This was an Awesome hike and one I WILL do again...but camp at the pass.

beautiful! Great for kids and grandparents.

July 12, 2018. Beautiful morning. Cool on hike up all in lovely forest but very warm hiking down from Lower Lena Lake. No bugs!! Moderate difficulty for senior hikers 75+

Took trail in mid spring after road opened. Terrific views rewarded the hike. Trail crowd was light but topside was crowded with those who drove up. There are benches to enjoy the view of Mt Rainier but I had to wait my turn to sit down and have the snack I packed to eat after the hike up. Furthermore a group of people were chatting very loudly killing the vibe of the view.

This hike might be better before the road opens.

Biked this trail 7-16-2018. Not much traffic on a Monday mid-day. We have hybrid bikes, skinny tires would be a problem. Tunnel is no problem, lights not needed. Eastern half of trail is packed rock or dirt, western half is paved. There was a short section mid-trail where the dirt trail became narrow and close to the edge, as inexperienced trail riders we walked our bikes through this, otherwise an easy ride. The paved half was a slight grade uphill but easy biking because the grade is so gradual. On the return just for fun we coasted the first four miles without pedaling! Entire trip took about 3 1/2 hours including a delightful picnic on the lake.

I will definitely do this hike again! Wooded the whole way without views until you get to the lake. The view there is amazing! Great hike.

Amazing views!!! Stayed the night in the meadows right next to a water source. If you plan on overnighting, there is a camp spot around 1.5 miles with a water source, we wished we would of camped here so that we dropped our packs before the real steep climb. Just wanted to add that in case anyone was looking! Overall an awesome, yet difficult hike. Make sure you cross the street to start the hike, there is a set of stairs that looks like the trail by the parking lot and it is not apart of this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Had an amazing time up here today.
Taking forest road 27 to the trailhead is super easy: there are signs for both the upper and lower trailheads. Lower trailhead was crowded on a Saturday morning, but we were able to squeeze into one of the last spots around 8:45am.
Trail is definitely a hard one, but nothing unmanageable and well worth the spectacular views of both the Olympics and Cascades.

Perfect day to be on a mountain. This trail is overgrown in parts, but it’s still easy to follow. Wildflowers are really blooming right now, as well as salmon berry and huckleberry. Easily the best smelling trail I’ve been on! Mainly in Forrest most of the way with some spots you break out into beautiful meadows with steep slopes all around you. Moonshine Flats is a great spot to camp if that’s your plan. The first glimpse of the view you are in store for is when you hit the last big switchback getting to the summit ridge. Once you hit the summit, enjoy the incredible 360 views, along with lunch. I think this is more around 8 miles round trip however. But a beautiful hike. Highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty fun, simple trail to do in our spare time.

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