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completed 8/15. Longer and harder than you would expect. pretty when you get there, but I don't know why anyone would do this hike unless they are going to the core enchantments, which is where the real magic is. gave it 4 stars because it was the perfect base camp.

To hike uphill almost 1400m and all the way back down requires a good effort of your knees. It took me about 9h30m to do the whole trek in and out (including some stops for pictures and snacks). The time could have been closer to 9hs if my wife hadn't hurt her knees on three way down. This might be redundant, but keep track of your water, energy and legs. There's a few places that allows you to refill your water along the trail. The landscape is wonderful and the arrival at both lakes is revigorating. Go for it with lots of energy and don't give up on the switchback. Just go on without hurry.

The trail is in great condition, plenty of green and water with very few insects and not too crowded, at list at this time of year, late October. I trail run and so I measured the trail length, not including the connection between the two trail heads and it is a little over 22km, which is a bit more than indicated but less than what others here declared. Runners can estimate the run time at around or than less than 3 hours for the entire trail.

Just hiked this on Friday September 28th. The water at Lemah creek was still a bit high so had to cross barefoot. The trail is pretty incredible!

hiking
1 month ago

Incredible hike, started off on Sunday with it snowing and headed counter clockwise. If you really wanted to you could finish this hike in three days and still enjoy the beauty! The next few days were really nice, very cold early morning. After a few minutes of hiking you warmed up quickly! Lots of up hill on this trail. Dicks creek camp is small and was the most disappointing camp on the trail, avoid if possible.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an ambitious day hike but better than colchuck after 5 miles in. Also don’t need to drive that dreaded dirt road. Must dedicate all day. Two lakes and in between had stunning beauty. Also saw a deer, goats, and even a brown bear all right along trail.

backpacking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Stayed one night at marmot and went up to jade as a day hike. Heading up to jade is definitely worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

My trek was slightly modified from the actual loop trail. The overnights were:

1. Berkeley Park
2. James Camp
3. Elysian Fields
4. Moraine Park

The trek down to Berkeley is relatively easy and mostly downhill into a forested area. You continue down until you reach a glacial river. I recommend getting water before this point unless you want a clogged filter. They also just added bridges there, so watch for cairns and other plastic tags to guide you to the trail onward.

By the time I reached the intersection for the natural bridge, I rock scrambled over into Elysian Fields, which is pretty dry... at least it was when I went a few weeks ago. Obviously, bugs are in abundance. Also had to scramble a lot of rocks and negotiate a lot of steep inclines to get to Moraine Park and out, so if you're cross-country trekking the area, be prepared.

All in all, the trek was well worth it and there's an abundance of nature. Expect a few miserable hills. Part from that, not too buggy on the trail compared to some of the other areas I've been and not very humid in August. Layer your clothing even in the summer!

Highly recommend making it up to Jade in one day if you can manage it. The views are much more dramatic from the top and although there are only 6 “defined” campsites, there is plenty of primitive flat-ish ground for a tent. Thankfully didn’t have to deal with any mosquitoes! Wonderfully beautiful hike!

Did the hike from Marmot to Jade Lake as a day hike and I'm glad we did! The boulder field was a beast to navigate without a pack, I can't imagine if we'd had ours with us. We saw plenty of people camping at Jade and No Name though, so it's definitely doable!

backpacking
2 months ago

Did this hike as a three day backpacking trip and loved every minute of it. Hike in and camped at Marmot Lake for two nights and then did Jade Lake as a day hike.

The trail was somewhat busy and crowded for Labor Day weekend (we met a ranger on our way up to Marmot and she told us that she counted at least 90 people camping there) but the lake is large enough and the campsites are spread out enough that when we set up camp, we saw maybe half a dozen people nearby.

All in all, weather was great (it did drop to the 30s at night, so come prepared for cold!), we saw maybe a handful of mosquitoes (but they weren't bad), and there were enough people on the trail to follow that the boulder fields weren't too difficult to navigate! Also, we saw dozens of pikas! The only downside to a busy trail is that not everyone followed the Leave No Trace policy. We saw a bag of excrement next to the trail near Jade Lake as well as some other trash along the trail. Just a reminder that there are backcountry toilets at both Jade AND Marmot Lake and, if you're bringing something into the backcountry, please pack it out.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, great views! There is a lot of climbing(10k) and descending so be prepared. The river crossings(Winthrop Creek, White River) can be potentially dangerous so check conditions ahead of time(call Longmire or White River ranger stations). Luckily for us both bridges were solid and crossings were smooth. If the bridges have washed out, either turn back or follow the guidelines for crossing a river safely(can be found at the ranger stations or online) We saw a black bear which was really amazing. We ended up doing the route clockwise and stayed at Mystic Lake, Yellowstone Cliffs and Fire Creek. Our total trip was 35 ish miles as we walked in to fire creek(.4 miles each way), walked to the Natural Bridge(.7 miles each way), and started at Sunrise Visitor Center(2.1 miles each way to the actual loop). You can add on another 6 miles by walking the out and back to Lake Eleanor through Grand Park. Overall, this is a very well maintained trail and the rangers and park staff are friendly and super helpful. If you don't stay at Fire creek, keep in mind there is no other water source(filtered of course) between Van Horn Creek and Lodi Creek.

backpacking
2 months ago

Did this hike with 1 night stay at Marmot Lake and day hiked to Jade. Rocky trail, but so worth it. Bugs were not bad. Encountered foggy weather and slight showers. No snow on trails. Fallen trees are only after Marmot lake.

backpacking
2 months ago

Did this in a group of 4 two weeks ago. Beautiful sites, less the smoke. The Bridge was out on the West White River bellow Fire Creek/between James Lake. Luckily found a log that was down river from the main trail that made crossing safer and easier. We took 3.5 days and spent 3 night going counter clockwise. Definitely closer to 35 miles, over 36 if you see the natural bridge, which was gorgeous.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great trail!! Trailhead is about a half mile past the hurricane ridge visitors center, on the day we hiked it the Whiskey road end trailhead was not accessible so we hiked down from hurricane ridge and then back up. Parts of the trail especially down by Whiskey road were over grown and there were several downed trees along the way but nothing out or the ordinary. Definitely pack a lunch and enjoy the seclusion, we didn’t see anyone for 6 hours.

I started @ the Pratt Lake TH on Sunday August 12TH around 9 AM. The trail was in great condition all the way up to Lower Tuscohatchie Lake. After the lake there was a few blown down trees and some scrub over growth on the trail leading up to Melakwa Lake. Over all, not bad trail conditions. I eventually made my way down to Denny Creek and my GPS showed 16.5 miles. Of course there was the walk back to the Pratt Lake / Granite Mountain TH parking lot on forest road 5800. My GPS watch showed a total of 19.72 miles in 8 hours 50 minutes. I arrived back to my truck around 6PM. I only stopped for a 5 minute break, the occasional picture and a 10 minute lunch break at Melakwa Lake. The trail is rated difficult and I would agree. There wasn’t really any mosquitos or bugs on the trail. If you want to test your hiking endurance, seek solitude or want views of beautiful lakes, mountains and forests, this is the hike for you.

backpacking
3 months ago

Good hike

Awesome trail with gorgeous views. We hiked at the beginning of July and there was still snow on the ground. Pretty cold at night but so worth it!

Attacked by bugs the whole way. Very difficult hike but marmot lake was beautiful didn’t have enough time to go to jade but tried and all you do was go straight up which was even more difficult. But, the hike was worth it. Bring a lot of water

backpacking
3 months ago

Great hike with lots of flies and mosquitoes, but Jade Lake was well worth the effort to get there. I would definitely bring a mosquito suit or at least a head cover. My brother and brother in law ended up with well over 100 bites each.

Several of the campsites at Jade Lake are closed for restoration. The hike from Marmot to Jade was slow going up the rocks but not overly difficult.

The road to the trailhead was slow and bumpy. We were in a pickup, so it was fine.

Overall a great couple of days.

Tough hike but worth it. Be prepared to deal with lots of bugs.

backpacking
3 months ago

This hike is amazing, we only saw one deer no goats or bears despite hiking out early. We camped at solduc Park, and clear lake.
There are ample water sources along the trail.
Trail is snow free.
Lakes are surprisingly warm this year.
The bugs are out, mosquitos were a nuisance, biting black flies were constant unless you were moving and the occasion deer and horse fly gave us a nasty bite.

How is the dirt road up to the Trailhead?

Flying into WA in a few weeks to hike and was curious the condition of the roads?

So much fun! We camped at Flapjack Lakes, and day-hiked up to Gladys Divide and Mount Gladys. We took a few off-trail explorations and found ourselves in the rocky valley on the northwest side of Mount Gladys. VERY COOL in the late afternoon light. We could see the interior Olympics to the north and west, and I believe even Mt. Olympus. Had a blast. Rocky in parts, and lots of flies by the lakes. But awesome!

backpacking
3 months ago

We hiked and stayed the night at Spectacle Lake 7/28 - 7/29. Overall the hike was 10 miles one way and took us 4 hours to get to the lake.

The first 4.4 miles to Pete Lake was very easy with minimal elevation gain. We encountered a lot of mosquitos on this part of the hike.

The next 1.3 miles from Pete Lake to the Lemah Creek crossing was also easy. The creek was about knee deep and wasn’t that hard to cross this time of year. The alternative, if the creek can’t be forded, is a 1.9 mile detour up Lemah Meadow Trail to the PCT.

From the creek, it’s about 0.7 miles to the PCT. Once on the PCT, it’s about 2.7 miles to the Spectacle Lake trail. From there, it is another 0.8 miles downhill to the lake. Most of the campsites are on the peninsula, there are also some campsites on the east side of the lake.

backpacking
3 months ago

My husband , 11 yr old and myself started out at the deception creek cut off trail (shaved off 5 miles) and headed down to the deception creek trail. Crossed 2 creeks and slowly ascended towards deception pass. There’s lots of water on the trail so be prepared to have wet feet. Also with all that water comes swarms of mosquitos and biting flies. Our bug spray did not help. We crossed creeks several more times and went through a beautiful meadow. Then we reached the pass and turned right into marmot lake trail. First, the trail climbed up then for a couple miles it descended. After about 4 miles we switch backed up to marmot lake. We camped overnight then climbed up the rocks to jade lake. The mosquitoes were not as bad up there and we loved the lake. It was gorgeous! After lunch, we climbed back down to marmot and decided to go home early as I had hundreds of bug bites. Next time I would wear to net and mosquito proof clothes.

Went with my brother 7/25-7/26. This was my first hike. The trails were beautiful, and, as many have posted, full of mosquitos. Lots of switchbacks to climb up to the lake, but the waterfall and Spectacle Lake were amazing. Lots of friendly people on the trail. We leisurely made it from the trailhead to Spectacle Lake in about six hours (where we camped for the evening), and we spent about four and a half to get back the next day.

backpacking
3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

My wife and I took our first backpacking trip of the year up to Spectacle Lake. We hiked in from the parking lot to past Pete Lake to the river crossing - roughly 6 miles. We arrived at 3:30 and landed roughly 3 hours later. We hiked with 100# dog and 20-25# packs. High temps between 80-90 degrees in the day.

River seemed a little cold on arrival so we didn’t care to cross at 6:30 not knowing what lies on the other side.
Set up at a nice little camp spot right by the river though. Mosquitos pretty tough even with spray.

Woke up and encountered several crossers at the river by 9-9:30. We packed up and left to Spectacle. River wasn’t bad at just below knee height with a dog saw people of all ages (12-55) crossing fine. My dog did well as he is tall, another couple with a small 20# dog went down river a little and there dog was fine as well. Definitely recommend water shoes to change into for crossing.

We were warned that it may be too hot with a dog in the exposed area of the climb to Spectacle Lake but decided against the heed to our relief.

There is a nice pretty well covered area for the first 45 min until you become more exposed with burn out sections. By 10:30 even at 75 degrees sun exposure not bad. If anybody fared well it was the dog. New growth on the mountain leaves a 3-4’ canopy on the trail in which the dog spent most of the exposed hike in. The hike through the exposed section consists of an hour or so of switch backs but some less gradual. There are many small streams all along the hike up the mountain.. to a dogs delight or drinks or a good dousing:)

Lots of wild flowers. Greenery and beautiful back drop even with torched trees from a decade ago. There is a wonderful bridged waterfall after driving through the switch backs which is a nice place to chill. There are 3 + areas were you have small stream crossings with no bridge.. But doable for all creatures. Mosquitoes once again can become a nuisance if your not prepared. Bring a facial net as a preference as seen with many hikers (we didn’t bring any but wished we had.)

After nearing the top the canopy of trees once again shades you more. After cresting and viewing small glimpses of the lake there is a sharp drop down if you travel to the SE side of the lake. Once your down around the lake there are access trails all around. The lake mostly surrounded by rock so pick your access wisely if you want to get in.

We jumped in on the SE side with a little beach access. Water was great! A little cold but definitely swimmable after a hike on a hot day. The lake is split up into sections south east side has one smaller section in the larger side to the northwest. There is lots of rock and land in between to travel between the two sections. Beautiful back drop to the West mountains with several cascading waterfalls and snowcapped mountains. We were to the lake roughly 3 hours after breaking camp at the river. We didn’t camp there but noticed several nice camping spots on rock or grass overlooking the lake.

We left to hike back down at around 1:30.-2:00 it was warm close to 90. There are many trails around the leak so it’s easy to get lost if you don’t know which way you came in haha. Hike was warmer in the afternoon but nothing crazy. We crossed the river again and cooked food at the river. We left our tent and some stuff by the river and packed it all ip.. headed back out past Peat Lake to the Parking lot... about 6 miles. Beautiful walk and beautiful hike out as it was in. Well covered with trees not really exposed.... except more mosquitos... once again bring your face net and spray. They were super bad on the way out.... elevation and moisture make a difference but yea. The hike, the lake, the river, the camping and the scenery were all great. Highly recommend for a 2 full day trip.... we made it to the car by 9 pm but hiked 16 miles and went to the lake all in one day! I’ll be back:)

backpacking
4 months ago

Hiked and stayed at spectacle like 7/9-7/10. Snow free the whole way. The hike itself is not hard if you’re in shape, but it is definitely long. My gps tracked 12.2 miles one way. Get ready to cross frigid lemah creek. You will definitely need to remove your boots/ shoes since it’s about knee deep and painfully cold (I am 6’2). The lakes are both spectacular. I brought an inner tube and floated around the whole inside section of spectacle lake. The water was the perfect temperature on a hot day. Keep your eyes peeled for wild life. We spotted a deer and what potentially could have been a cougar stalking it in the evening. All that was visible were eyes so have bear spray handy when that deep in the backcountry.

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