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Challenging but making it to the lookout is worth it. Rest of the trail is very pretty and well-maintained. Great for dogs.

This was a great trail to bike and not have to worry about cars. I went mid-day to take advantage of the warm weather. There were quite a few walkers close to the towns, but I had the trail to myself in between, passing a handful of bikes going the opposite direction. Beautiful scenery; very well maintained trail.

No snow, no ice. it almost felt like spring. some water on the trail, but nothing anyone can't manage.

Always an amazing hike! Great little incline the entire way up for an awesome leg workout and super easy going back.
Gets SUPER crowded, we ALWAYS go right after sunrise to beat the crowds and when we make it back to the car the parking lot is packed around 8-9am, otherwise the trail is way too crowded and loud, along with way too many people at the vista overlook/summit. Just beat the crowds, it's so worth it!

4 days ago

The way up was a great workout. Didn’t have time to go to the viewpoint but we enjoyed the falls and different creeks.

4 days ago

Difficult hike in my opinion. Crazy good workout, was drenched in sweat by the time I reached the point. There are two ways to reach Poo point, Chirico trail is one of them. There’s a high steep level for the most part. You would get to hear traffic for the first 1/2 mile, then it’s peaceful till the Poo Poo point. Amazing views of Mt Rainer! No para gliding in winter, was so looking forward to the views I read about in reviews.

4 days ago

A good day hike, clear skies.

Several large trees cover the trail, some are tricky to get by.

As you go up the valley towards the glacier, there is snow on the ground, not enough to need spikes or snowshoes. Poles are needed as you get closer to the glacier.

Just wanted to correct some misconceptions: 1) Out & Back: Yes, you do have to come back down the same way unless you are OK with road walking (go down West Access to SR900 & head south), but there are loops to be done from the top, and future connections farther down. To make it a one-way, park a second car at West Access, Mountainside Drive, or Sequoia Court trailheads. 2) View area & privacy. The view area with bench (below Debbie's View) is better than D'sV and quite spectacular. Don't worry about bothering the neighbors, as all the houses (largely out of sight) were built or bought after the viewpoint was developed so they know the deal. 3) Shooting (also barking dog). This is on a privately owned ridge north of the park & doesn't occur often or for very long.

off road driving
7 days ago

It was fun. I enjoyed playing in the mud - the trails are not marked well. But I got the Jeep dirty which was the main goal. I have a 2012 wrangler without mods and was fine on the trail. I agree with what someone else said - it’s definitely more for dirt bikes

trail running
9 days ago

Absolutely love this trail! The first mile is a bit steep, then the trail levels out a bit in mile two then has some great switchbacks in the third mile. Perfect for repeats.

Perfect moderate hike. There was some snow at the top but it wasn’t a problem. Nice view of North Bend and Mt Si.

My spouse, two dogs and I hiked this trail two days after Christmas. It was peaceful and quiet. This was our first hike in the Capitol State Forest, which came highly recommended by a mentor and colleague of mine. A first was our hiking through deforestation; it appears the loggers in this area “cleaned up” the region far better than I have seen elsewhere. It was good to see the state or had undergone a vast replanting effort in the deforested sections of the park. This trail gives you an up close view of the beauty of forested land, mountain lookouts, deforestation, and reforestation (if that’s a word). You’ll enjoy this hike.

Nice hike. Good if you want something that’s not too difficult. Winter so it wasn’t to busy but even still on our way back down we saw many people on their way up. Beautiful views of waterfalls and the lake is lovely. Only specs of snow at the moment.

Easy walking on fairly level paved trail. It is best suited for biking or running. Parts of the trail we're less appealing as it feels like you are walking through the neighboring houses backyard.

decided to finally do this hike, ive been on connecting trails but never did this actual trail, was a rainy morning but the trail was in easily done with trekking poles, not alot of summit views most people want but, you do get some peak a boo views of some mountains not far off, I would do this hike again just for the distance and terrain. discover pass or america the beautiful pass required or park outside parking area and walk no more then .1 mile into parking area.

Hiked 12/30/18. Beautiful weather, no snow on the trail. I'd recommend doing the loop counter-clockwise. We had great views of the mountains on our way up. The various creeks were beautiful. Lots of spots to stop and have a picnic by the water. Saw a few other on the trail but probably gets a lot of traffic in the summer. Overall, a fairly easy but pretty hike, perfect for a winter hike.

I enjoy doing segments of this trail on days that I want to take my cardio outdoors instead of inside at my gym..Lucky that I always pick the right time and is never busy

went here December 30, 2018 and weather was great. don't skip going up to the Mt. Elinor viewpoint. It makes the hike a lot better. I plan to do this again when we have more daylight so we can summit it.

Brought my puppy on the hike and she did well, wasn't too steep, but would recommend having a good hold on dogs who get nervous on bridges or near water since they are everywhere on this hike.

Awesome place to take kids just be careful in some areas.

My sons and I do this hike a lot. Great hike all year long with spectacular views at the top. Weekends usually are dirt bike heavy but generally good mannered riders. It’s our go-to place and never disappoints.

Hiked this one on Christmas morning. Definitely snowy at the top, but worth it for the solitude. First part of the hike is narrow and a bit slippery with the rain, but the rest of the way is service road until you reach the cell tower area, where the trail heads to the left (east), and out to a small overlook before continuing to the terminus. Definitely a beautiful hike and good uphill that burns off the Christmas cookies!

12/30 What a gorgeous hike! Just a little bit of snow near the lake but the trail is definitely wet. Bring waterproof shoes! There's so much to see on the way up. The restroom at the lake was locked but someone had broken into one of the stalls. I feel guilty for saying this, but Im really glad they did.

Beautiful hike

Great hike. We went on a rainy day so we didn’t get the amazing views. The trail is muddy in places but pretty well maintained. We did the entire 9.3 miles and only ran into one set of motorbikes. It was stormy and windy on the ridge, which made it more of an adventure.

this waterfall is so powerful. A beautiful exhibit of nature.

Great day for a hike. Windy but not too muddy. Trail was not too crowded

way too many drug needles and scary people. while this trail is beautiful. its is full of scary, unsafe drug users. do not use this trail alone. and have pepperspray with you at all times.

Good hike but view a little disappointing

A week ago I climbed to Stan’s overlook not knowing grand prospect was the same trail. I returned a week later to climb to grand prospect and it got tough those extra two miles because of the snow. Carrying 30 pounds of gear made it tough too I can’t lie. It was beautiful and well worth it.

Pretty hike! I’d love to come back and camp sometime. Some bugs, not too bad. Popular trail, parking fills up fast.

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