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camping
44 minutes ago

Really beautiful. The trail encounters four lakes. The lower portion of the trail has lots of bugs. Near the top some hikers told us of a hidden camping spot on the other side of the lake of which we found that fearured lots of privacy and great access to the lake. We enjoyed and swam well into the evening. Challenging hike but well worth it.

The views on this trail are amazing! There is a variety of scenic views and trails. I accidentally took the boulder path to the tower. Wouldn’t recommend it for beginners. It was a test of my skills for sure. The view from the tower is incredible. Took the trail back down which was 10x easier than the boulders. Love this trail. Took me a few hours but it was so beautiful I keep stopping and soaking up the scenery. IG: @markobreezy

The only reason it gets a 4 star is because of the part of the trail up to the Denny Creek Natural slide area. That trail section is so crowded with people who don't know hiking etiquette, got crowded completely off the trail for oeople stopped in the middle of the trail or people coming down who don't yield and run you off the trail. BUT once you get PAST that section it's awesome! The trail becomes more technical rated moderate and would agree with that rating. The Falls are great fun and beautiful. A great hike with my 15 yr old son and dog. Next time will go further up!

Nice hike but you definitely cannot bring a dog to the peak of Red Mountain. I was ill-prepared and wore tennis shoes to hike, not realizing. About the last 500m I was climbing with my hands and coming back down I was nearly sitting to slide down. There is a path at the peak but it is not definitive and difficult to see on the way down. There are places periodically that have small rocks stacked by people to help remember how to get down. Right before you get to the peak there is a split in the trail that takes you left to a small lake or right to the steep climb to the top. Along the way there are several points to take beautiful pictures overlooking the valley.

Gorgeous hike! Easy, fun for kids and dogs and not crowded.

hiking
21 days ago

Great views and no bugs today. Trail on the WTA section needs some help. Overall a nice hike

hiking
21 days ago

Epic views at the top! One of the best hikes I’ve been on. Not very technical, but as you climb you will come across a few rocky sections close to the top. Overall the trail is pretty straight forward. As you ascend you will see blueberrys everywhere, which made for some good snacking as you climb. Hardly any bugs perhaps due to the light smoke.....did I mention how epic the view is from the top!

We recorded 13.7 miles from Gold Creek parking lot. Last few to the lake is a scramble. Unmaintained and very challenging. I’d say the hike is HARD rather than moderate as posted.

hiking
25 days ago

Excited to hike Snoqualmie Mountain as it is on the Mountaineers Snoqualmie Pin list and Home Court 100. Started out on the trail about noon. Was expecting a hard hike, but have seen some great trip reports, especially by Gobazov who completed and wrote about an epic traverse. Upon starting the trail we met three gentlemen who had descended, we thought from either Snoqualmie Mountain or Guye Peak. They said it was a stair climb and asked if we had hiked or known the mountain. It's our first time, but Joe and I have done a few things. I'm in decent shape, yet found the trail a bit challenging. The early trail quickly steepens and ascends into an unrelenting climb over rocks, roots, and streams, for nearly a 1000 feet - as clearly indicated by the topo. The trail is rough at times, yet most of the rocks and stones make for good steps and footing - clearly a stair climb. The weather was very foggy and cloudy, so our visibility the entire was up was very limited. At about 4000 feet the forest canopy opened up revealing strewn rocks and boulders from a rock fall long ago. Cliffs are looming in the distance and we approached the fork to Guye Peak. We kept left following the trail as it continued to climb, ever steep into the gully on the way to Snoqualmie Mountain. Finally, the trail leveled at about 4500 feet and crossed a dry streambed and waterfall. The rock here is spectacular and must be a sight when water if slowing - definitely something to see in fall or spring. From here the trail climbed again - up dirt and tree roots, rather steep, ascending a gully and finally gaining the ridge to Snoqualamie around 4800 feet. As we gained altitude, the terrain became more open, and the subalpine fields emerged. Great rock formations cover the ridge, with small evergreen trees providing for a beautiful landscape. The fog was so dense, we could not see the valley floor below, nor Cave Ridge which normally would be in full view. We continued the climb, straight up the ridge, crisscrossing the peak with small switchbacks, perhaps 10 feet in length, zig-zagging up the hill. There appeared to be a few false summits, however, my altimeter clearly showed more room for climbing. As the trail ascended and steepened, it skirted a very steepening ridge, ledge, with a significant dropoff to the right, which only became steeper, deeper and closer to the trail. Mindful of my footing, I continued to climb - peering over the drop - the fog obscured a full view so it was challenging to put the magnitude of the drop off in perspective. It appears to be a very interesting basin which leads to Lundin Peak. Finally, I reached the false summit which must have spectacular views. As with many of my hikes this season, we had the foul weather view, which makes for cool cloudy photos. We found no summit register but did find the USGS marker. We made our way down, finding the footing easier going up. This is a difficult hike - some of you have trip reports with great times up and long traverse. The footing is challenging both ways. Be prepared to be mentally sharp and manage your footing - that said, this is one of the most interesting and enjoyable hikes I have done in the area, and am looking forward to exploring Guye Peak and maybe do a traverse of Lundin and other peaks. I will definitely hike this on a clear day. More pictures of the ascent, area, and trail and conditions are available in my AllTrails link below.

hiking
29 days ago

Highly suggest walking up the riverbed if you are willing to do some easy and small rock climbing. So many more beautiful waterfalls and small pools to explore off the main hiking trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, with some steep grade but the changing terrain makes it a fun hike. Views are supposed to be good too but the smoke from forest fires prevent it. Delicious huckleberries and blackberries atop were a nice treat too. I would recommend packing something more than a couple pb&js if you plan to spend close to 8 hrs on the hike like we did.
Oh also, we didn’t experience any bugs, I guess due to the smoke from the fires.

Well graded trail 2/3 in the forest and 1/3 in the open alpine. Great views

I don't know who wrote the trail summary. "Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash." NO don't even think of taking your dogs, kids or elderly grandparents up Red Mountain. Red Mountain is a scramble from Red Lake to the summit.

trail running
1 month ago

Very pretty, easy workout to the different waterfalls. Forest Service did a nice job on the trail, wide in most sections. The large rocks and river crossing are fun, you can go off trail and hike up to the falls (be careful going over slippery rocks!).

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous hike but steep as you turn up towards Granite Mountain (vs. going to Pratt Lake). Technical as you get into the higher elevations with rock scrambling needed at times. 4 stars b/c of the bugs, the higher you go, the worse they are - esp. towards the fire tower. Late afternoon hike that took approx. 5 hours due to the scrambling and awareness needed on the uphill and downhill. Once we got out of the technical sections we ran most of the way down. Total miles were approx. 9.5 up and back.

First part is great to bring kids! If you pass the water & continue on, you’ll find a bigger waterfall, harder trail & areas to climb giant rocks!

Tried to make a loop from PCT-N and back via PCT and back on Commonwealth.....couldn’t find the trail after the river

Started at 10:45am. Parking lot was about 1/2 full. Temperature was in low 60s at start and low 70's at end. Sky was clear and sunny. Hiking traffic was light, though there were 11-12 people at the fire lookout at 1:15pm. Mt. Ranier was visible, but in a bit of a haze which may have been partly smoke (from CA and OR fires) and/or partly low clouds from on-shore winds. Views to the north, east and west were pretty clear and magnificent as usual. Trail was in excellent shape, but dry/dusty. Alpine flowers were limited as season may have passed. Pond near the summit was almost dry, so need to carry enough water. I went thru 2.5 liters. Elapsed time: 2h 30m up; 1h 35m down.

hiking
1 month ago

Top trail takeaways:
1. The road to the trailhead is an old forest road, and it’s pretty washed out in places. I’d not recommend without an SUV.
2. This trail is not maintained by the WTA, so it gets pretty faint/ confusing at times. GPS is recommended, otherwise you’ll end up at Mirror Lake.
3. Trekking poles were pretty helpful for the final .5ish gravel scramble to the top.
4. Despite it being a very warm day, it was very chilly in the wind at the top. Pack a light jacket.
Trip time: 5:30 with :45+ at the top
Report:
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to hike up loose gravel, this is your chance! The final half mile of this hike is up shifting rock of various sizes, but the view from the top is well worth it. Leave your sedan at home and go for the SUV instead, the road to the trailhead is pretty rough. Bring a GPS application or device if you’re unfamiliar with this area for Snoqualmie, the trail isn’t maintained by the WTA and is pretty faint at times. Start from the trailhead at mirror lake and hang a right about a mile/ mile and a half in, this was marked by a Cairn when I was there, but otherwise has no distinguishing sign. Bring a jacket for the top, it was chilly despite an 80+ degree day when I hiked. There was still a tiny bit of snow at the top last weekend, but you don’t need micro-spikes. Poles were an immense help for balance up the final gravel scramble. Bring sunscreen as the final mile or so us uncovered. Enjoy!

Photos from the hike: https://www.instagram.com/kjcoop/

Parking lot was getting full at 9am. Most folks headed to Franklin falls though. Path is easy to follow, few pit stops along the way for the waterfalls or other picture opportunities. Made it to the waterfalls at the end and back by 12. Half the trail is covered by trees, second half is not and that’s when bugs came out. My dog was able to make the trip as well with no bother.

hiking
1 month ago

I love this trail ..... 2 weeks ago did it and started at 8:30 with EVERYONE else I guess
Today started at 7:30 and saw only a few on the way up and the “everyone else” on the way down :)
Up and down total time less than 4 hours.
Very dusty trail lots of bugs near the top. Bug repellent is a MUST.

Talus field fun! Such a great class 2 scramble, and it’s totally optional. At the loop, go right for the trail and left for the scramble, which takes you over the ridge to the firehouse. The granite’s got great friction, even with the moss. All trails has you going up the trail and down the talus field, which is what we did. Definitely go up the talus field and down the trail, i.e. do the loop clockwise. It is way more fun and faster this way. Took us just over 2 hours up and about the same coming down. The views are fabulous. The black flies, however, are awful. When you put the directions in your map app, make sure it tells you to get off at the right exit. Apple maps wanted us to walk 1.4 miles to the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hiking day. Got there 11am and back off the mountain at 5pm. The distances are a bit off. But it is 3.7 miles if you scramble up the front but there is a nice trail up the back which is 4.8 miles up and back.

Last weekend the mountain flowers were just starting so they should be great this weekend.

hiking
1 month ago

Arrived to the trailhead at 8am (7/22/18). Air was a comfortable 57° with a slight breeze. This was a welcome start as 90° was the forecasted high. There are 2 streams early on but nowhere else for water along the trail until you reach the meadow which is almost to the summit. Everyone in my party carried 2 liters which was enough for us and one dog until opportunity to refill. We each drank 4 liters (twice as much as usual). This was definitely due to the extreme temperature. The trail was well maintained and easy to follow until there are multiple branches near the meadow. We stayed right for the summer trail too soon and accidentally ended up off trail for a short period until our route met up with the actual trail. There is one other section where it is easy to lose the trail once the snow starts. The summer trail actually passes over the snow but there is a well worn bare trail that continues too far right. After walking for a bit we realized we missed it and had to backtrack along with 3 other groups. The epic views keep you distracted through the final push to the summit. There is plenty of room to find a boulder to call your own for lunch. 360° views and Rainier is just gobsmackingly gorgeous. This is my 2nd time up Granite and I will do it again. It took us 3 hours up and 3 hours down. We had a smallish dog with us and took frequent hydration/photo breaks.

hiking
1 month ago

Was pleasantly surprised with this hike today. Left the trailhead at 6:30am and made our way up to Silver Peak. Loved being on the PTC. Be careful to watch your mileage or you might miss the trail to Silver Peak at 1.7 miles. Lots of great views, Mt Rainer was majestic today. Only two things that were a pain were the bugs and the road up to the trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

loved this hike! Went on (7/21/18). It was a hard challenge! Took me about 5 hours round trip but it was worth the time. Views are awesome and It was pleasantly quiet for how many hikers where there, next time I’ll be doing the boulder scramble. Also recommended taking a left and trying lake Talapus easier but longer I believe around 9 miles

Beautiful falls with a fun stop at Denny Creek water slides to cool off (be prepared for COLD water)! You’ll need a Northwest Forest Pass (or American the Beautiful pass) and it’s a busy, popular trail, so expect difficult parking and lots of people.

Went today and was gorgeous. Good to start early to avoid heat and get good parking. Definitely longer than it says to the lookout. Closer to 8 miles. Be aware of rocky trail for final 2 miles or so. Well worth the strain as views are incredible.

Gorgeous hike with bridges, staircases and water along the way. We thoroughly enjoyed the cold pools and waterfalls at the top. Kids didn’t want to leave!!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with stunning views, but....the mosquitos were a horrible annoyance. Wear bug spray and long sleeves- we were constantly swarmed by mosquitos the last 1.5 miles up. Other than the bugs, it was a beautiful hike with a fun final ascent to the peak.

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