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8 hours ago

This was my first “real” hike ever and the rapid elevation gain was pretty tough at times but having lunch and a quick dip at the lake made it worth it. I think it took us about 3.5 hours up and 3 down. Be sure to bring lots of water, sun protection, and bug spray. The flies, mosquitoes and bees were no joke and honestly I don’t know if the bug spray helped at all.

10 hours ago

1. Tracked this hike and it's a total of 17 miles from car to lake and back to car. You hike 2.5 miles from your car to the actual trailhead.
2. Left at @10:30am, Lake @1:30pm, hung out for an hour, then got back to our car @6:30pm
3. Absolutely the most hardest hike I've ever done, but stunning and rewarding. 4. Bring a suit! You've got to jump in the lake, it's definitely worth it.
5. (tip) Some parts of snow, but dig toe down as you cross, at least that's what I did
6. (tip) The descent is hard on your feet!

Hiked today and it was gorgeous. I got there at about 7-7:30 and there weren't too many people there, but tons of people got there around 9 or so. Multiple waterfalls and incredible lake at the top. Definitely recommend hiking shoes if you have them. There's lots of walking on rocks, wet rocks, and over creeks. Also, don't forget to pay for parking or have a pass.

hiking
20 hours ago

Trail condition was great! Bring your bug spray though because those will definitely get to you, no matter how fast you're making it up. I'd say this was more of a moderate hike for me, but it was definitely challenging at some times. Lots of wildlife to look at, but unfortunately I didn't see the goats. The lake is perfect for a dip, especially in hot summer weather.

beautiful trail with wonderful views. the switch backs were gradual which was nice but still steep and long even when coming back from the lake. Bring a minimum of 2L of water!! Made this mistake and ended up eating snow on the way back. the section in snow was completley manageable in runners.

Great hike. I’d rate more of a moderate, but definitely a harder moderate than some. The road up to the trailhead was rough. The hike itself was beautiful, and that view at the end couldn’t be beat. We went swimming in the lake to cool off and it was so refreshing.

great workout and absolutely fantastic views

hiking
1 day ago

Arrived around 8am Sat morning and snagged the last parking spot. Small lot for such a popular spot. Apparently there's parking in the campground across the way. There are bathrooms at the TH. So just FYI...I found this a moderate ++ hike for me...I'm 70. Took me some time to get thru the rocky section mostly going up but coming down was really hard on my knees. Lots of tree roots and wet rock surfaces to maneuver. OK...enough. The trees are wonderful. awesome views, the smell of the forest, the waterfalls and the lake at the top with some lingering snow on the slope. All beautiful!!

Hiked July 14 and was gorgeous! Lots of streams, snowfields, and rock scrambles along the trail that made it a challenging hike, but the views are so worth it!

The first part of the trail is pretty easy. Once you hit the second bridge you have to billy goat your way to the top using lots of switchbacks

hiking
1 day ago

The view is worth it. Small parking - must get early or after 2PM.

hiking
2 days ago

Such a beautiful and relatively easy trail. Went on it in May and there was still snow up at the lake. The trail itself is beautifully routed through the lush forest with multiple views of small waterfalls and grand views once you reach the portion of the switch backs. Be careful when walking on the log stairs as your foot may slip as mine did and you’ll take a log to the knee. But sore knee aside, this lake was truly breathtaking and the scenic drive out to it also matched in its beauty. You will need to purchase a North Forrest Park Pass prior to going as a heads up.

hiking
2 days ago

Well, it was a last minute decision to hike this, so, we took the ridiculous decision to Star the hike at 4:00pm, because we had such a pressure to get to the lake, it was very hard trying to keep a consistent pace going up hill, definitely this trail requires to have some condition. Anyway we made it to trailhead on time way before the sunset at 9:10ish, we were lucky!

The “mosquito hour” was crazy and as I read in last reviews, and yes they were violent and didn’t care the repellent.

TRAIL IS CURRENTLY CLOSED! There are rangers who hang around the trailhead and up at the lake who will write you a ticket.

Took my mom here.

hiking
2 days ago

Trail condition was good, and much of the hike was in shaded areas which helped since it was 95 degrees. There were several viewpoints, and spots to stop along the river. There was also a waterfall prior to the last ascent. Payout at the end is a beautiful alpine lake.

The trail is very popular, and heading back down was fairly busy. We left the trailhead at 7am. Would recommend going early to get a parking spot and beat some of the traffic.

Mosquitos and flies were aggressive. Bring plenty of bug spray.

Fun hike. Hard but it's worth it

3 days ago

beautiful view

hiking
3 days ago

Beginner friendly trail. Just wear proper shoes. Beautiful and very scenic! If you bring your dogs, please keep them on a leash and clean up after them or that will only ruin it for all of us who are responsible dog owners that love hiking with them! Can get pretty crowded... make sure you get there as early as you can if you don't want to walk dodging crowds of people along the trail!!!

Trail to the junction is easy on the feet and covered, for the most part. Steeper than the first half, the ascent from the junction offered numerous beautiful views. Kept moving and the mosquitos were never an issue. We were tempted to climb up the pass but opted to save that for another day. The first 2 dirt miles were a bit bumpy. Great hike with a stunning lake at the top. Not hard, moderate.

The lake is absolutely beautiful! It is my favorite lake I have hiked to in Washington so far. The trail is rocky and was kind of wet in spots, which always makes me extra cautious. The waterfalls were an added bonus. I wish it wasn't such a busy trail, but it is easy to understand why it is.

Had a great day the trail varied from rocks,bridges,dirt the lake was gorgeous but cold we jumped off a rock on the far right side and it was amazing I will return again and I'm glad it was Tuesday because it was still well populated

very nice views with blue /green water

hiking
6 days ago

One of the best lake views and difficult trail but worth it!

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked on Sunday with my pup and a group of friends. Trail was rockier than expected and also pretty muddy. The bugs at the lake render it nearly impossible to take a break but the views are stunning nonetheless. I'm in good shape and it took me about 3 hours down and back with minimal breaks.

also: arrived at the parking lot at 9:30 and was lucky to find a spot. evidently later in the day cars were towed for parking on the street so get there early or late but not between 10-2!

This is a must do trail. A lot of switchbacks but the climb is relatively easy and the view is amazing. A yearly must do...

hiking
7 days ago

I love the views and the lake made this trip well worth the drive from Olympia. Beautiful, awesome and just plain perfect.

kinda hard but so worth it!

hiking
7 days ago

Did this on Sunday afternoon (July 8th) to avoid the crowd, which turned out to be a good strategy. I arrived at the trailhead at about 6pm, and it took me about 75 minutes to get to the lake. Along the way there wan't much people around and there was a part that's very rocky, so watch your steps. As your approach the lake, you will see more and more mosquitoes so bring a spray. The lake is quite and clear. I give it 4 star because there isn't much else to see along the way up, but it is a pretty good workout.

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing trail, my best so far in the PNW. Be careful of sketchy snow bridges. Bring a GPS with you or near the top you will follow false bootpack and miss the trail. This resulted in required Class IV maneuvers to get to the top.
Incredible waterfalls!

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