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2 days ago

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

The Skyline Divide trail brought about one of those few "wow" moments in life. A perfect day hike for a bit of a workout and breathtaking views. Read my full trip report at https://www.gatlincreatives.com/blog/skylinedivide and watch the full weekend camping trip!

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6 days ago

Don’t be fooled by the name. I did not see one dog on Dog Mountain. It is dog friendly though, so I assume it’s a BYO situation.

The assent is hard. With a very steep incline. When the path forks go to the right of you want to really feel the burn. Better views on the left fork, but you can loop back in the opposite direction on the way down.

The peak is confused. We did go off the AT main trail to find a higher point. Views of the Gorge are pretty good. Hard trek. Recommend swimming down at Little White Salmon to freshen up on a hot day.

Loved the view!

Tough hike with absolutely beautiful views!

Note: The Discover Pass does not work as I found out with my $5 ticket. It is $5/day or an interagency pass will work.

Did this hike on Sunday August 5. Beautiful and busy trail. Scenery is outstanding once you get up to the ridge. A little buggy in the afternoon but not terrible. Road in has some holes but generally in good shape.

Beautiful trail, bugs are out to get ya if you camp out on the ridge. Also, service road is about 13 miles long with some decent sized potholes. We saw plenty of Priuses making it up though so the road shouldnt be an issue if you look ahead for them. Beautiful sights made it one of the better backpacking trip I've done here so far. Bring plenty of water. Enjoy!

Go early it’s busy. Bring water for dogs not a lot of streams but there is some snow close to the top (beginning of aug)

Nice cool shaded hike below until you start the face where you are exposed. The first mile is the toughest as far as elevation gain which doesn’t seem like it should be but it is - get past that and you will be alright :) Foliage up top was all brown and dried up so I’d recommend going earlier in the summer.

Amazing! but bring bug spray, you will get swarmed with flies

I really like this hike. What I like is that you are shaded by the trees. There are switch backs but nothing grueling...do Bandera, Mt. Si or mailbox for a challenge but this is cake in comparison. I would consider this hike on the easier side of moderate. I think this lake is just as beautiful as snow lake. This lake actually took my breath away because it is so green. While I love snow lake too I enjoyed this one more due to the shade and not as many rocks. I will agree with the other reviews. BUG spray is a must. I didn’t need it until I got to the lake but I would have been miserable without 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.

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15 days ago

Great hike! We hit the trail around 5:30 am.
Trail starts in trees and you can hear the creek to your left as see it just about a quarter mile in.
Trail starts off easy, a couple of great spots to get to the creek and some beautiful meadows and wildflowers. Trail splits about 4 miles in, to the peaks you keep right.
Just before you get to the pass there is a great ridge i just loved! The views at the ridge are beautiful! Lee heading up ( the trail is to your right) and about 1 ish miles of steep climbing and you’ve reached the sunny! There is a bit of a false summit about a half mile up ( pretty views and places to sit!) but lol right again and you’ll se trail still goes about another 1/2 mile. That stretch is hard but it’s worth it for the views at top! No bugs except for some very annoying biting flies near the top! Snug spray seemed to hell keep them away so we could enjoy some time up there!
Well groomed trail and easy to follow!
Very much recommend this hike!

Your relationship will be tested unless you bring bug spray

hiking
17 days ago

Did this one yesterday. poor our car! if you are not driving a tall 4 wheel drive that last 40 min of drive would be a roalercoaster with flying stines, dust and it would take more than an hour. there is some camping on that road though, which is amazing.
Trail is beautiful! Most people just go up and do not go though the ridge.
We did go to Chain lakes today and id say views were about same spectacular, but road was really nice, so next time not sure which one would i choose.

hiking
18 days ago

We hiked Dog mountain last week while vacationing in Stevenson, WA. This hike is not for the faint of heart. It’s a heart pounding climb from the first step onto the trail. You need to be in good physical shape for this hike. There is ALOT of exposure near the top so if you have a fear of heights this one might not be for you. This hike was AMAZING! It is worth every bit of hard work getting to the top....the views will leave you speechless. We were there on a Friday and there were maybe a dozen people we saw along the trail. We will definitely do this hike again.

In the heat of the summer, this trail is worth hiking if you are simply looking for a leg and cardio workout. It is popular with trail runners and folks training for races because of the steady elevation gain. However, in the spring when the flowers are blooming, it's incredibly beautiful and really worth the effort. In May there are Balsamroots galore, Indian Paintbrush, Lupines, and more (plus tons of other people). My favorite time to go is late afternoon to avoid the crowds and watch the sunset. (Bring a headlamp for the end of the trail.) This trail isn't overly difficult for avid hikers, but would be really challenging if you aren't used to long uphills. Note: you don't have to pay the $5 parking fee if you have a Discover Pass.

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20 days ago

Definitely a leg burner up and down. Amazing views at the top.

Loved this trail. The first half mile or so is steep switchbacks until you get to where the trail splits for difficulty to more difficulty. The. After that it is moderate with the exception of some steep switchbacks. The view up is amazing and so is the end. It’s windy up on top so bring a light jacket. We woke up at 4 am and got to the trailhead at 5. There was only one car in the parking lot. And we only got passed once by a couple. On the way down we could hear tree branches breaking so that was a little scary especially since no one else was on the trail. Once we got back down to where the trail splits we saw a couple heading up and then another couple going up as well. It’s not very busy during the early morning

This is one of my favorite hikes in the area. Closer to 7.5 miles round trip, with a gorgeous lake to enjoy up top. As other reviewers noted, it’s a good workout for the first 3 miles of the hike and then levels out for the last mile or so. The hike is mostly in the trees so you’re not dealing with oppressive sun (like the Snow Lake switchbacks). Bring bug spray and sunscreen, and a snack to enjoy lakeside. Also a great hike for dogs, especially if they enjoy swimming.

Nice place to hike !

This is a hard hike for beginners but perfect for people who are experienced with hiking. (I'm a beginner lol.) This hike is mostly uphill but it levels out at the last ten minutes or so until you reach the lake. The lake is beautiful and definitely worth the hike! It's a very nice temperature and very clear. We went in July on a nice day so we found that the flies were very aggressive and annoying especially near the top. I think they were attracted to our sweat and the water at the lake.
Anyways, I recommend this hike for people who are in good hiking shape. I'd say to bring more water than you think you need and wear bug spray and sunscreen! If you go in the summer, i recommend bringing a swim suit and flipflops to go in the water.

Tough hike for a beginner but a perfect hike for a normal hiker. Keeps the general public out and not crowded. Will be going back for sure

Best day-hike ever!

I really enjoyed this hike. We read all the reviews and tried to arrive early - but breakfast, coffee, packing picnic - left Bellevue around 1045, no traffic, got the one spot left. It is $5 for parking unless you have a pass. There was an outhouse in parking lot.

Read the signs, we ended up going on some other trail. Not a big deal but was about 0.5-1 mile warmup. I am in decent shape, take 6 flights a day to get to my car at train - workout 1-2 times a week. I was winded on the way up. I think it took us about 2 hours - really really is a trail w a lot of rocks and roots. Starving by the time we got to the lake. It was so beautiful. Glad I brought aqua socks to walk in the water. We had a nice picnic and hung out for an hour or so then headed down. Going down was quick but really felt it in my knees. A lot of dogs and an owner that didn’t pick up after a big dog. Only crossed paths with 20 people ish, we went on a Friday. I came prepared w bug spray but not a problem at all - THANK goodness. Def recommend, great for a day trip out of the city

hiking
23 days ago

Totally worth the trip

hiking
23 days ago

Awesome hike and beautiful lake!

Great hike. There are many switchbacks for the first two thirds of this hike that will really test out your thighs, and much of the trail is rocky with plenty of tree roots to dodge. It's all worth it, though, once you reach the lake. Hiked on a Wednesday, arrived to an empty parking lot at the trailhead at 7am. We took our time on the switchbacks and were at the lake by 9:30-10am. Started to get plenty of people showing up by noon, with the trail practically a downtown Seattle sidewalk worth of foot traffic on the way back down. Arrive early.

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.

Worth the effort for the stunning lake! Wonderful for water dogs, many places for them to cool off along the trail. Trail is dry and snow free now, wildflowers our but not too numerous. Steep and rocky the last 1/3 or so. Camp a night at the lake if you can. MOSQUITOS bring spray and stay in the breeze at the lake

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