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been there last summer. it was my first hike in Washington. the view was amazing but the hike was kinda hard and I don't recommend this to beginners

I love this hiking.

backpacking
1 day ago

This trail absolutely destroyed my legs, went camping for 2 nights, Gorgeous scenery, but do not let the "light scrambles" confuse you. There were some parts where I should have hiked in a ladder. All in all the hike is beautiful but a very very strenuous all uphill/rock climbing hike

Beautiful hike, it was very smokey on 8/14 so the views could be much improved on a clear day but still a great hike. The hike itself is moderate difficulty, I think what may make it harder is the length.

hiking
2 days ago

Rocky trail. At first I was looking at the data and wondering why this trail was rated as hard, but it all made sense because of the extremely rocky trail starting at 1 mile from the trailhead. However, the view at the top made it all worthy. We camped near the lookout (it was soooo crowded), and watched the Perseid Meteor Shower!

There was a little stream at 4347 ft, and also a lake on the north side with some distance which was not easily accessible. Otherwise there was no water after you get started on the rocks, so bring enough water on hot days.

This hike is awesomely hard and rocky. Even though the views today were obliterated by smoke from the wildfires (we accidentally missed the media's warning to avoid strenuous outdoor activity), the gorgeous and dynamic rock formations made the effort worth it. We did not see as many people or bugs as previously reported, probably a positive side effect of the smoke. For dog owners: I would recommend this hike to dogs that are used to hiking on rockfaces and unstable surfaces. Our jack russell terrier made it up the mountain like a champ, except we did not take him on the final rock scramble because the rocks were too big and slippery for him to gain the appropriate traction. On a clear day, I can imagine the view from the top is breathtaking.

Went up this past weekend; although it was cloudy the panoramic of the Cascades was still stunning! A favorite for sure. Quite a bit of bugs so bring some bug spray.

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Been there on Saturday 08/04/2018. One of the best hikes. Though it is little long hike for me, I enjoyed it fully because of few view points on the way. Trail is wide and good. The lake at the end is nice and easily accessible for swimming. Small parking area. I would go there again.

hiking
4 days ago

Been there on Sunday 08/11/2018. Enjoyed the hike but did not like the fact that there are no view points (no creeks, no waterfalls or no high views), it was all dry. The tail path is wide and good. I guess this trail is rated Hard because of the elevation and the distance. Took 4 hours to the top and 2.5 hours to come back. Less crowd. Not much sun light. It was all rocks at the top. The view from the top is good. Near to North Bend Downtown and easily accessible, decent parking lot. Restrooms are horrible.

We loved this hike! The Ira Spring trail is fairly steep and provides a good work out, with some interesting exposed sections periodically up switchbacks and then amidst boulder fields toward the summit. Views are incredible on a cloudy day. We went up and over to the Mason Lake trail on the other side of the peak and enjoyed a nice break at the lake, enjoying the serene water and quiet before making our way up and back down the front side.

hiking
4 days ago

Lost Lake via Greenwater lakes
Trip Times: 9:40a-2:20p
Distance: 12.2 mi

Road to TrailHead: FR70 off of 410 is fully and nicely paved 2 lanes. Yes to the trailhead parking lot. Lots of campers on the road up..and a target shooting range too. The TH has two vault toilets..decently clean. The TH can accommodate about 20-25 cars easily in marked stalls. Really.

As you begin the hike. The trail to the greenwater lakes (~2 mi) has minimal overall elevation gain and the trails are good and wide. There are some short upward stints, but come back down. Overall, anyone can do it easy. You'll also get to cross numerous wood bridges (one notably is tilted, and one further down is a skimpy makeshift log bride). Both funny to look at, but fully functional nonetheless. You'll see a lot of camps and tents along the trail. As you pass the Greenwater lakes (2), you'll soon enter the Norse Peak wilderness boundary (signage)...and yes the elevation gains start to appear more often. About 3/4 mi further, you get to a clearly marked junction for Echo Lake and Lost Lake.

As I choose the Lost Lake journey, the elevation gains start right off (see pic)...up and up. Not crazy incline (maybe 400-600 ft/mi rate). The trail is rooty and rocky at times. And as you get futher along the vegetation does cover the trail slightly (indicating it is not highly trafficed). All in all, its easy to follow (be careful of ticks - wear Deet and Premethrin). You'll pass a couple a small streams and you can hear the Lost Creek runoff making music as it cascades down the mountain. Eventually you hike past Quinn lake (small hidden behind trees - but you can walk your way down to it). A bit further and nearing Lost Lake, you'll walk through an eerie place...boulders, burnt tree field. So sad to see. After treking through that, you've arrived at Lost Lake.

You can clearly see a trail around the lake. I tried to walk it, but near the lake ingress (south side), the ground is ver saturated and grassy with lots of fresh (literally) cougar and bear paw prints leading to the water from the surrounding woods. Felt a bit uneasy. So just turned back and headed back...after talking lots of pics.

Overall a very good hike.

hiking
4 days ago

This hike was exhilarating! I highly recommend everyone try it at least once. We went on August 12, which was a little overcast. Check the weather before you go so that you hike on a day to meet your expectations. An overcast day keeps you cooler, but you will miss some of the views. Overcast worked for me, as I skipped some of the trails the closer we got to the top. For an extra challenge try some boulder jumping. This was an amazing experience!

Always a good strenuous hike/run. Today did two loops to the summit. Lots of friendly people out there today, appreciate everyone moving off to the side for this old guy running.

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike, good views, and fun rugged terrain that will challenge you. Trekking poles recommended for anyone doing this trail, especially for inexperienced hikers. This trail is a bit longer than the posted 9 miles due to the 3/4 mile walk from the mountain loop road to the trailhead.

A definite favorite! Have your forest pass worked out beforehand - we wasted some time with this.

Great views, not too many people, very hot, bring lot's of water. Bugs

Oh sweet Jesus this was challenging! Mostly because it was so hot! Went on Wed Aug 8 and it HOT! But what a beautiful hike and views at the top we’re worth it... I went alone but in hindsight might have been good to have company... I appreciated the meditative time with nature.. Enjoy!

hiking
6 days ago

One of the best hikes I’ve been on! Absolutely amazing views at the top, had some rain come in but created some nice cover and rolling fog over the crest of the mountains!

Great workout. Not much for views until you get to top. Scramble the haystack for a fantastic valley and Mountain View.

Awesome experience to hike the trail... We completed first 4 miles of hike within 2 hours but the final miles once we reach Rocky Mountain area it took more time and we got tired a lot... But with the cool breeze and most around we enjoyed our hike and finally reached the destination “Mailbox”... Nice to see people leave something that remind their visit in there... Since it was covered with mist/clouds we couldn’t get the view completely... Later when we started back, it was raining like anything and finally end up getting wet completely. While return we took the old trail or primitive trail thinking that we will get nice views... But the thing is that it is very steep and while coming down we need to extra careful and also we may get lost in the trail since the pathway is damaged and not clear if you don’t have a map downloaded offline... though it had few nice views I can say... Overall we had an awesome hike with great views, wild flowers, fruits and sceneries!!! It’s worth a hike!!! Remember to take a Discover pass with you.. Or else you get a parking ticket...

This was a difficult hike but the views were amazing!

The pictures posted here only scratch the surface of how beautiful this hike is.

Truly a peaceful hike. There were lots of small waterfalls, beautiful clearings in amongst the rocks, lovely wildflowers, and picturesque lakes. Hiked in August and had no problems at all, except the mosquitoes; definitely bring bug spray.

This hike is a pleasant workout. I started the hike from the Alpental parking lot, not from the recommended trailhead on this map, because it would save me an hour of driving. I logged 20 miles on this hike, but I also did a little extra exploring.

This one is on my list for backpacking. Two super enthusiastic thumbs up. Happy hiking!

The intensity level reflects what is stated on the site, HARD. I’m new to hiking and this hike was very rigorous and exhausting. I’m not in the best shape and I have asthma so I took many breaks on my way up. My legs started giving up once I was almost at the lookout but a group of hikers let me borrow their trekking pole. You definitely meet nice people when hiking :)

Tips:
- Bring bug spray, you don’t really feel the mosquitos and flies unless you stop.
- Drive VERY carefully on the last 6 miles before arriving at the parking lot as the dirt/gravel road is filled with a lot of potholes.
- Wear hiking shoes as you are walking over LOTS of rocks.
- You need a parking permit (Northwest Forest Pass), which you can purchase at Verlot Public Service Center for $5.
- Bring plenty of water and a snack.
- Take breaks as needed.

Aug 6,2018. Another wonderful day with nature. But the road going there was awful, it was like crater in the moon! So drive safely. And don’t forget to bring bugspray, you’ll thank me later. Lol.

As always, view at the top is breathtaking. But definitely not for beginners.

I love this hike for the amazing work out and AMAZING view at the top but there are a couple things to know:

1)The potholes on the road were awful! Enormous potholes everywhere so you have to drive pretty slowly and carefully which takes quite a while.

2) The mosquitos were REALLY BAD! Bring bug spray for sure! They are swarming everywhere, even at the top! Flies were pretty dense too but avoid mosquito bites and bring some spray!

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked this Sunday 8/5. Started at 7:30 am and it was a long beautiful hike. We ended up going past the Katwalk to have lunch by the lakes (total miles ended up being 15.2 miles). We stopped at Ridge Lake, the smaller of the two. There were some amazing places to camp for a future overnight trip to venture further on the PCT. The trail wasn’t too difficult nor was it too crowded. The bugs were pretty aggressive and after 3 applications of bug spray I still came home with 20+ bug bites. I definitely would do this one again.

Great loop hike today. Started at the Ira Spring Trailhead. Climbed Putrid Pete's Peak. Ridge-walked down to connect with the main trail. Climbed Mount Defiance. Walked down to Mason Lake for a cooling swim. Returned to the car at the Ira Spring Trailhead. Total distance: 9+ miles. Total elevation gained: 4,000+ feet. Epic hike. Great day!

10 days ago

Let’s just say that sweating for hours is not worth the view. The only view you’ll see at the summit is some rocks and some “farmland”. Don’t waste your time and go check out other beautiful hikes we have in pnw.

NOT A BEGINNERS HIKE!!! Beautiful exciting views all the way up. Definitely a leg burner

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