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Beautiful views at every turn. Lives up to its reputation.

Started hike around 11am, still a bit hazy from the regional wildfires, but overall good visibility. If you havent hiked in a while be patient with yourself and the trail, there are some decent elevation gains. Once you reach the split, stay left to continue on the YAB.

One of the best hikes I’ve been on!

2 days ago

Below 8 mile lake the fire damage is about 6 years old. Beyond the base of the lake the fire damage is from 2017. Not worth exploring much past the lake. Ground is mostly ash and trees are nearly all burned up. If you can, find another trail without fire damage and save this one for 15 years from now.

Good hike for all. It’s a little steep, but not too bad. Brought my 13 year old nephew and 18 year old daughter. Both had no problem. A little smokey. Bugs are around so bring bug spray.

BTW. Whoever left cigarette butts on the trail should apologize. I removed them for you.

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4 days ago

This was my 2nd time making this loop, and it didn’t disappoint. We had cloud cover for most of the hike, which helped with potential heat. The smoke hadn’t rolled in yet so we had great views. Clean, well-marked trail, lots of off-shoots for fun views, and a great pay-off at the end. Make sure you look back to the range off the other side, and also take a left and scramble out the point for spectacular full views off the summit.

Phenomenal views...great climb but not overly strenuous...surrounded by mountains with different views along the way. Lake views and waterfalls too. 4 hr trip including a lunch break...cool at the top...long sleeve or a light jacket recommended. $5 fee if you want to park at the trailhead.

Amazing Views!! You really need do this on clear day, cause you can see all four Mountains...
It's a must do if you love hiking, but it's good climb...

Easy trail to navigate. Bring bug repellent! The views from the top are world class. Pay close attention to the weather, I imagine clouds would kill the view if you head up on the wrong day. The drive to the trailhead is easy. Anyone terrified of heights should be hesitant. Caution at the top is a must, the lookout is literally at the edge of a cliff.

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7 days ago

Nice easy hike up and back in 4 hours.

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7 days ago

Awesome trail

Decent view, nice hike

Very doable, very pretty views of the waterfalls!

Incredible views! We went on a Sunday morning and only saw two other people hiking the trail. It’s a short trail but straight uphill. The lookout was open and staffed with volunteers. The road up was well maintained. Definitely worthwhile!

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11 days ago

Started at 2 pm in 90+ degree heat. No snow. We hiked counterclockwise and enjoyed the anticipation and continually bettering views. Blew me outta the water. Only complaint were all the horseflies.

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11 days ago

Beautiful! Great hike! Bugs were particularly bad this time.. take bug repellent and spray it on a few times on the way up.. you will
sweat it off..can't sit on the rocks behind the shelter completely covered and swarming with flying ants & bees. This hike is worth it regardless of the steep spots very rewarding!!

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12 days ago

This is a decent hike, it's not very long but it's steep at times. It took me exactly 1 hour to climb up with some water and snack breaks and only 40 min down. The views are great but would be best on a clear day (there was cloud cover when i went). Bring bug spray, the horseflies are out trying to make new friends. :D

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12 days ago

Great trail. Easy and flat in places, a lot of incline and terrain most places. Middle falls is best view of the falls. Just passed that is a great view of the valley.

This was a pleasant experience in total but moderate probably doesn’t do this hike Justice. About half way through the hike it gets steep and doesn’t let up at any point. The summit is crazy dangerous and kids need to be careful at all times. The view from the top is amazing and erases all of the negative thoughts gathered while making the trek. The horse flies are out in force so bring repellent and apply it amply before you leave the car.

Went on a very hot Monday afternoon so I was one of the only people on the trail. Certainly beautiful. The different viewpoints are good for families with different skill levels.

Hiked this beautiful loop on June 18th and it was stunning, very snow covered, and easy to potentially lose the trail at times. Didnt need/use crampons but if you have them I would recommend bringing them. Saw a porquipine who was not shy at all!

Did this hike on 7/29/18. definitely need hiking poles for this one. The views from this trail are absolutely breathtaking. It does live up to the hype; however, I found certain sections of this trail rather difficult. It gets very narrow with steep inclines/declines and loose rocks, with nothing but deep valley right next to the trail. I did this for my second ever hike, so my experience level might have something to do with it. we went counter clockwise and the incline was very gradual. Encountered some snow, bugs were buzzing in my ear pretty much the whole time outside of the Forrest area, and some hikers reported seeing a black bear not too far off the trail. With generous breaks for taking pictures, flying a drone, and eating/resting, we completed the loop in 6h30m. Lot was pretty full when we got there at 11am. Absolutely gorgeous views, and definitely very glad to have done it!

Bring bug spray! There are a lot of open areas, so you'll be under the sun quite a bit. Trail is pretty rocky too. I got to the trailhead at 830am on a Sunday, and the lot was getting close to full.

LOTS of horse flys. We were attacked for about a quarter mile. Deet couldn’t even deter them from following.

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19 days ago

beautiful and amazing, my kids made it the whole way!

Your relationship will be tested unless you bring bug spray

Nice moderate trail. Pretty waterfalls. Went to Upper Falls via Woody Trail with Diane.

Incredible hike! Would definitely recommend clockwise, it is steeper uphill but you get there faster. Beautiful views on both sides.

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21 days ago

Great hike. If you have bad knees I recommend going the steep way first so that you have a gentle grade to go down, your knees will thank you! A lot of people wished they had done it that way. This is considered the Clockwise direction- when you get to trailhead go left. Wildflowers were blooming but should be peaking the first week of August. No snow on the trail in July 21,!but lots of snow to play in over the pass. Great way to see the Cascades with your pooch :)

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22 days ago

Did this hike today with my 4 yr old and 6 month old. My 4yr old walked almost the whole thing. Fun to swim at the end. Millions of tiny crabs. There where a few people on the trail down. We hike the trail down and took the road back to make it a loop.

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