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1 day ago

We were able to get to the top without spikes, but we certainly slid around and took a few falls. Overall, the intense uphill battle is completely worth the beautiful scenery, friendly birds, and memories. Dress warm-top is covered in snow!

my favorite hike

Easy hike definitely not moderate. Only downside was it was not well marked but we didn't have too much issue navigating. Muddy. Pretty falls.

This hike wasn’t tough. It’s easy not moderate. Signage was really bad, went the wrong way twice. Nice stroll though. Wear boots...there is a good amount of mud and 2-3 washed out sections.

Quick and easy hike without hardly any elevation change. The falls at the end of this trail are pretty. It was moderately trafficked in the middle of the day. There are a couple spots where you need to cross the water, so be prepared for that.

The falls were beautiful, trails were in good condition but poorly marked. A must see adventure. Recommend taking a picture of the trail so you can tell where you are at.

So fun! And easy, great walk through the woods with abandoned cars along the way!

Hard but worth it

very easy hike with such a gorgeous waterfall at the end. definitely worth the free hours in and out. definitely must on spots close to the falls.

completely agree with the previous post! microspikes are a must!!! the last 2 mi of the trail are still covered with snow and ice

11 days ago

Did this hike on March 10 - super clear day and great hike. The hike is ~50% packed snow, so I’d recommend micro spikes but definitely doable without. Great view on a clear day.

I listened to the reviews and bought some micro spikes for my first time... I encourage everyone to do the same - you won't regret it!!

13 days ago

Amazing Sunday to hike, arrived at 945am and there were already 7 rows of cars parked. When they say this one is popular, they totally mean it. When I left around 330pm I saw there were cars parked even outside on the road. The first half of the trail is normal train but it’s a climb, you start going up right away. The second half I would highly recommend micro spikes. Those without looked nervous and had to go at beyond a snails pace and it didn’t look like they were having fun. The view at the top was totally worth the climb. 100% worth it. I didn’t tackle haystack but there was a ton of snow at the top and I was hiking solo. Will try again in the summer when the snow is clear but I head out way earlier in the morning.

This hike was great if you want to be ensconced in the beautiful trees of the PNW. Beautiful, Easy trail with some descent signs so didn’t get lost. The trail is rated as moderate but I would say it is on the easier side. (And I am not an expert hiker) We did have to cross the creek on a log...probably the most difficult part, but you can just cross easily if you don’t mind getting a bit wet.

A really unique hike. I did it solo and quickly felt it would have been a better time with a few other people. Make sure you have at least two durable and dependable head lamps. Some rock scrambling is necessary. Hiked March 6th, and it was warmer in the cave than outside, at about 40*.

18 days ago

Beautiful day hike walking on a rolling widened trail through the evergreen forest. The falls at the end were well worth the trip. Picturesque picnic spot at the falls as well.

Cute and fairly short trail near Seattle. Perfect on this cloudy Sunday afternoon.
Be aware of the creek to pass before the waterfall. Either you have to cross a log that’s slippery or to get your feet soaked in the water. It was difficult with three small dogs, but managed to do it.

20 days ago

Great trail overall...bring spikes and don’t be afraid to slide around a little..

20 days ago

great hike, not too tough. beautiful views at the top. if you're going this time of year. bring microspikes, you'll be glad you did!

Fantastic day to be hiking

21 days ago

Weather was amazing which allowed for a spectacular view. Trail traffic was heavy. Many hikers turned around due to lack of micro spikes. You will need them for most of the trail.

It's the easiest to get to the falls if you stayed on the main path of what looks like an access road for the most part. Sections of the trail are washed, so bring some hiking shoes... the view of the falls was worth the mud patches.

22 days ago

Excellent workout hike. Amazing views on top

great pit stop while backpacking through the alpine lakes for flyfishing.

27 days ago

Great hike! Micro spikes definitely a plus for most of the trail. No views from the top but beautiful day with everything covered in fresh snow.

Trail was confusing because it had two trails that led to the waterfall, trail was super muddy as well. Also didn’t have a designated path in the beginning so a little hard to find, other than that very beautiful scenes and waterfall!

27 days ago

Got to the hike around noon. It was snowing ever so lightly at the trail head. The trail was covered in snow, but all the previous hikers had pressed it down and the trail was smooth sailing. The majority of the trail was easy going. The last half mile was difficult due to the steeper incline, and it was at this moment i put on my yaktraks, which seemingly doubled my pace. Trekking poles wouldve made things even easier! It took me 3.5 hours to the top. It got pretty cold up there, and the view was not clear. Ill have to come back on a clearer day for the views. It took approx 1.5 hours to get back to the trail head with a mixture of sliding, jogging, and walking. Word of advice, dont run in your yaktraks/etc. i started to develop hotspots on my toes from pressure points.

-bottom layer: thermal bottoms and soft shell pants, and my legs felt perfect. I had koderately insulated hiking shoes, and some medium weight socks, and my feet were perfect too!
-top layer: thermal top, light weight shirt, vest. This was also perfect for the hike! The body heat generated made it so i didnt need to pull the full zip fleece out of my pack that i brought just in case. I also packed a light weight rain jacket which helped at the top, more exposed area of the hike. I wore light weight gloves the whole hike, as well as a head band to keep my ears warm, yet let my head breath.
-suggestions: bring yaktraks/similar. I think you can summit without them but it will take you so much longer fighting for traction. Bring trekking poles if you got em! If not, bring water resistant/proof gloves because you will fall into the snow, and catch yourself with your hands= wet cold hands.
-food: i ate three bars throughout the hike. Was surprised i actually got hungry, seeing as how i had a good sized lunch prior to the hike.

28 days ago

This was a fun hike! Lots of elevation gain which made for a great workout. The view at the top was fantastic even though it was cloudy. I saw a few small birds and a raven. Micro spikes for the bottom of your boots will make this hike much safer especially when you are descending as there are some icy patches. The trail is heavily used so the snow is well compacted.

28 days ago

Great Winter Hike. Was Snowing from Half way to the summit. Micro Spikes Needed.

it was about a year ago that I went on this trail but it is super cool and unique, very beautiful. I am a Utah residing Washington native and this is probably my favorite hike of all time. I would, however, recommend bringing a sweatshirt, a headlight, and a handheld light (per person). Extra batteries wouldn't hurt, either. I love this trail, though!

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