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hiking
20 hours ago

Tough hike but well worth it. Bring plenty of water.

Hiked up about 1.5 hours at a slow pace and did not quite make it to the lake. Trail was in good condition; wet and rainy but no snow or ice. Saw other hikers both solo and in groups. Seems well trafficked for a Thursday and therefore great for the solo hiker! Lots of parking (2:00pm Thursday). Bring Northwest Forest Pass. Bathrooms still closed. Beautiful hike!

Very challenging but worth it. Beautiful scenery.

Beautiful hike! Hiked 1/12. There was a “road closed ahead” and then barriers that have been moved out of the way just before the 3 mile gravel road. We park at the bottom at first, the. A mile up after seeing several cars go by we decided-to go back and drive up. Road was okay and several cars at the parking lot not sure why it was closed.. anywho about 2 miles in you’ll need spikes. A few open steep valleys to cross, had a few scary moments sinking in the snow. All in all a great hike, never stops going up, so be prepared to get your sweat on ☺️. Many beautiful lookouts along the way!

it's a long haul but well worth every minute of it.

Climbed this one in the winter. Definitely need a 4x4 and snow chains to make it to the TH. Recommended to have knowledge of avalanche safety for the winter route, as there are 3-4 hazardous areas of crossing. Overall, a fair bank for your buck.

We hiked on 1/12/19. Clear trail most of the way with slick rocks and compacted snow near the top. We managed with athletic shoes, but more traction is highly recommended. Much colder and windy at the lake, but beautiful. High foot traffic. Bathroom is locked due to the government shutdown...

snowshoeing
7 days ago

Great trail! The weather was gorgeous and the trail was pretty intense! We packed snowshoes, but gators and mini spikes worked perfect! Part way up we hit snow and lots of it! Toward the top we put on our snowshoes but that wasn’t out of necessity.

Nice variety of terrain, from tall covered forests to ledges and open crossings. Peak has great 360 views of Lake Chushman and Sound.

Great views, interesting varied terrain and marmots. Usually a bit of snow even in summer. As others have written, don’t short yourself on water.

Incredible all around

Beautiful trail, we hiked it on Jan 9. Majority of hike has slushy snow on it - it rained the night before which made some of the spots fairly slick. Decent amount of steps as well as occasional rocks. Microspikes encouraged. Beautiful lake - we had it all to ourselves!

Did this Jan 2, 2019. Beautiful views! I’d say there’s not snow until 2/3 of the way up? Maybe 3/4? Not a lot but enough that micro spikes made life 1000% easier. Would be tricky to do without, especially coming down - the snow is packed down enough on the trail that it’s quite slick and you’d be sliding down. The lake was very pretty and the views were lovely the whole way up. I’d say this is moderately difficult, with the last couple miles to the top being quite steep. It’s also closer to 9 miles according to my Strava recording. Took us about 4 hours to do with a snack break at the top.

hiking
16 days ago

Completed this a few months ago. Was great.

Well maintained trail. Stairs at a lot of places add convenience but feel not belonging there. waterfall first. if you feel you have exhausted less than 30% energy, go for the lake. On 1st Jan, the last one mile had snow requiring microspikes. I did without them but had to struggle a lot. Ample parking space and toilets in parking as well as when you reach lake serene. Mesmerizing view of lake serene from lunch point in winter.

A perfect day to start off the New Year 2019, gorgeous views, perfect day to hike...conditions were awesome.

Amazing hike. The hike to the waterfall is filled with clear ice so extremely slippery. The lake is beautiful! Try going on a clear day if you can.

hiking
19 days ago

Attempted to summit Dec 30th but turned around at the top of the chute. There had been heavy rains all the day before and the snow was very wet. We were a bit uneasy about crossing the stream in the chute when the snow was so wet and unstable. Would recommend bringing snowshoes and using a vehicle that doesn't have problems with snow or pot holes.

For a somewhat out-of-shape 50 year-old who used to be an athlete in my younger days, this was a great test of Character. Did it solo, as at the last week before, the others I was to be climbing with had to back out. Trained somewhat before doing this hike but not nearly what I would have liked to.
Very strenuous for me. Took almost 9 hours to do the round-trip. Thought I was in the clear after I got to the top but did not realize that coming down (Using hiking poles which, in my opinion is a must) was going to hurt even more. (Oh, my knees!!)
Even so, was a hike that I will remember forever.
If you leave early and pace yourself, it will be strenuous but doable and well worth it!!

go in the winter time.

In terms of day hikes, this one is was tough. Bring water

Hiked this one back in June of 2017. Snow on the trail. Road up was a little bumpy. Once you start hitting snow the trail can be difficult to find in spots. We used microspikes in June. It was sunny, and once we broke out of the treeline sunglasses definitely came in handy as the snow was blinding after awhile. We stopped at sort of a false summit where I succumbed to my fear of heights (and hunger). I will certainly be back now that I have more experience to try this bad boy again!

hiking
27 days ago

We did this hike on 12/22 and started at around 10:30 AM. The lower gate was open but the second gate was closed. We were the only car parked at the second gate and could tell from the foot prints that there were only two other people in front of us going up the road. The snow starts on the road about mid way between the first and second gate and covers the ground all the way up to the top.

The hike itself is great. Fresh deep powder all the way up. Beautiful scenes the entire way. It is cold though you will need good winter/snow gear.

When we arrived at the top we found the tower was boarded up and closed. There was a small opening at the bottom of the door so we crawled in and found the other two people that had went up that day. They told us that earlier in the morning the lower gate had been closed as well so they had to make the climb from the Heather Lake parking area.

The top was beautiful but very windy and quite cold so be prepared.

This is a hard hike but also really pretty. There was too much snow after the no stoves point so we couldn’t finish the trail.

trail running
1 month ago

Made it to the tail head by 0650 and found the parking lot empty. Good steady drizzle throughout and snow was present all along the trail. Intended to summit Bandera and then head over to Mount Defiance, but once up to the trail fork, snow was about 2 feet deep, lots of post holing, and the trail simply disappeared towards the summit. Looks like the previous hikers bypassed Bandera peak. Since I only had running leggings on and trail running shoes, turned it around and will come back in the spring.

this is an easy to moderate hike. there was no snow until 5mins before we got to the lake.

backpacking
1 month ago

Snow packed trail on upper section towards the lookout. Hiking boots were sufficient

The road was fine. Some potholes, but manageable. Started at the lower trailhead. Four cars when I arrived at 11AM. Heavy overcast day with some fog. It was still a very nice and of course very challenging hike. Steep obviously. Trail through the forrest was in good shape. I like old growth. Snow on the trail on the way up. A bit slushy in parts. Used microspikes about 2/3 of the way up and to the top. Took the Summer route. Fair amount of snow on the ground during the main ascent. Maybe 5". Met two guys who had hiked up with skis but they were only able to do a short run at this time. A few dramatic cloudy views on the way up, but at the top it was heavily fogged in. I loved being there anyway. Great and tiring hike. I saw about 18 people over the course of the hike, but had some quiet time. I'll be back on a clear day, but I would recommend it even if it's not.

hiking
1 month ago

Did the old trail up and new trail down on Friday 12/07. This past week the weather was amazing so the hike was great. Started hitting light snow about 3,400 feet which increased with elevation.
Was all packed down though some parts were a little icy. I went without spikes or poles which would have been nice but not a necessity yet. The old trail up was definitely a challenge. I made it to the mailbox in 1:50 so I was hauling. The way down on the new trail took about 2:25 as I was taking my time but could definitely be done faster. Very rewarding hike!!

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