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Great hike! The views are amazing and it is fun to watch the paraglider.

Great trail for families. Watch out for the bicycles though.

It has a new entrance since the last time we were there. Cold at the top, a little foggy but great view and we did it in record time...for us...after a knee injury and a few years removed.

Ended up way off course due to very little markings, even with a paper map both myself and a ranger ended up taking a four mile detour to find the falls, very pretty end result, muddy so stabilize yourself!

Beautiful trail. Not very well marked... It was quite the fun adventure though. One tip would be to go back out the same way you come in... We made the mistake of going a different way out. Oops

off road driving
9 days ago

My wife and I just went here last weekend with our stock 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. According to the signs we saw the Overland Loop Trail is NOT for 4x4's. It is only passable with atv's, dirt bikes, etc. However the Elfendahl Pass, which is located off of NE Elfendahl Pass Rd has a fairly large off road area for 4x4's. There are two entrances to the area. The first entrance has some big hills that may look intimidating but very easy. The second entrance which is the next left turn(when coming from Belfair) down a service road, then on your left hand side. This entrance has a rock garden for about 30 ft or so. Once in the park there are several different trails. My wife and I did 84S and Riff Raff with no real trouble. Trail 55 has some SERIOUS obstacles! NOT FOR STOCK 4x4's. This was our very first time off roading and I would definitely recommend this place for first timers, beginners, or people with stock 4x4's. Just be cautious that they are starting to increase the difficulty of some of the trails so I would recommend walking them for a couple hundred yards or so to make sure you are comfortable with it before getting into it.

Cool little place to visit. Not marked very well though.

Very nice hike! Sadly people can't seem to at least walk off the trail to relieve themselves though! lots of TP on the trail:(
But great work out, beautiful waterfalls and bridges!

My friends and myself reached at the Squak Mountain State Park around 8:00am. Had little difficulty in finding the Parking Lot as there were 2 roads leading to the State Park, but only one of them had the Parking Lot. The Parking Lot had only 1 couple of vehicles. There was a 0.1 mile hike from the Parking Lot to the May Valley Loop Trailhead.

The initial part of the Trail was much flatter and we doubted whether there was any elevation gain at all. Then the trail split to 2 paths and we chose the left hoping to cover the loop in clockwise direction. This was unlike the Loop described but we took it anyways. We met many people hiking down the trail when we were hiking up. Then there was a steep elevation gain for less than 0.1 mile, but that was the steepest along the entire trail, which gave us a relief that we didn't hike it down rather we were hiking up at the steep (as it is a loop trail). There are many diverging paths from this trail, but the trails were properly marked to guide in the right direction. We reached the Bullitt George Trail and then we saw the Bullitt Fireplace. We lost some elevation after that, and there was another ascend to the Central Peak.

The Central Peak didn't have any view, which was a little upset. There were some Communication Antenna Towers and it was surrounded by Pine trees which blocked the view. We started our descend which started on the Access Road.

After 0.2 mile, we had a board which took we took to join back the trail rather than continuing on the Access Road. This side of the Loop was suitable for trail running which made our descend a little more faster. After sometime, we reached a stop where there was a right turn to a bridge which would take You to the Squak Valley Park, but we continued left. We reached the Access Road again. There were 2 other boards which led back to the other trail, and we took the second one which took us to the first deviation we which took during our ascend. And finally we made it back to the Parking Lot by 12:00 noon.

Now the Parking Lot was almost full compared to morning. Now there were other people who were just getting ready to start their hike. Its a good warmup hike, but nothing much of a view. Even the Park had green bushes and trees with mosses, but nothing staggering for a second time hike. Not sure about the other trails which was getting deviated from the Loop Trail though and the other 2 peaks - West Peak & SouthEast Peak.

Not very well marked. We walked way more than we should have and everybody on the trail we met was there for the first time. But we found the falls eventually. it was a long hike overall but worth it.

It's definitely an easy maybe medium trail (but probably easy). The loop was nice, well signed and easy to follow. Lots of little children doing it. Leisurely!

A great hike today. Due to the snow fall the past two weeks, the last half of the trail still has snow on it ... so bring your trekking poles. :)

17 days ago

Beautiful hike with the snow! Still doable with hiking boots, but would recommend having something else, especially for going back down.

18 days ago

I can see how this trail could be really rewarding. Today the first couple miles had no snow but toward the lake it was snowy. There were several people stuck slipping and sliding but we marched right through with micro-spikes (highly recommended). The day was overcast and off and on rain. The Lake was mostly frozen. Fairly easy hike with mild elevation gain. Great trail!

One of my favorite waterfall hikes so far !! Seriuosly breathtaking . Very few hikers today, made it even more peaceful & beautiful . Little muddy & slippery in spots . Totally worth it though . Recommend wearing hiking boots until it dries out .

Was challenging and fun. Next time I’ll do the loop in reverse. Snow was slippery near the summit, without poles I wouldn’t have made it up. Watch out for horse poop.

Great hike. We went up Wildcat and back down beaver pond. It was about 9.5 miles. The bikes and 4 wheelers weren’t that bad. It is definitely a shared trail, everyone was polite.

Beautiful !!! Snowy closer to the top and the way down !!! Amazing family hike !!!❤️❤️

Took my High School girls lacrosse team there for a team bonding event. Great switchbacks, great views, and super friendly people on the hike. Highly recommended, for all ages.

Beautiful greenery this time of year rush hike 95% is snow free

Even on a weekday the parking lot was almost full. Pretty neat the whole way except at the top where i used microspikes.

good easy trail for the day.

Such a beautiful day and hike! It was quiet and beautiful and clear. Fresh snowfall early in the morning and myself and another group were the first ones up... It was a decent hike upwards for the first half, but nothing too difficult. Didn’t even need cramp-ons.

I took the Upper Lena Lake trail for a mile and turned around - it got way too slick and icy in patches. I have good boots, but not good enough for that one.

The hike down was much wetter and more slick. Not terrible, just had to be cautious. And there were a ton more people heading up as I finished (11:00-ish).

Definitely worth doing and the lake would be so beautiful to hang out at on a warm sunny day!

It’s a nice hike but not very many views! Good exercise though. Trail is in great condition.

30 days ago

Hiked 2/12/18 and LOOOOVEEDD it. Would personally rate as easy, but that’s just me. Was a beautiful day and didn’t want to leave the lake.

1 month ago

The trail was clear of snow but had frozen water in spots. nice view from the top although Rainer was hidden today.

We hiked this trail on a snowy February day, but when we arrived we only had sun. I'm from out of state, so perhaps this is a rain shadow hike? The trail is very well marked with pit toilets at the trailhead. I liked that the trail ascends very consistently at more or less the same incline. It made it more enjoyable but still enough of a challenge. For a winter hike, bring lots of layers. There was a lot of wind at the top and I quickly added about 3 layers to stay warm. My black lab mutt was shivering, so we had a coat and a backpack for her. When you get to the top down by the lake, the trail continues on the left a ways. Don't try to go right as the trail ends and there are large boulders. The trail only had a few muddy spots. There was a very thin layer of snow at the top. The lake itself is relatively large for an alpine lake. We arrived in the afternoon and had to sit in the shade along the shoreline. The drive to get here is also really pretty since you drive along the sound for a while.

We must not have read the description fully before taking this hike, because we were shocked when we got to the end. The falls are much larger than we thought and so beautiful. We even missed the biggest one of the three, Little Mashel Falls, by accident. We saw Lower Little Mashel and the upper falls. We spent most of our time at the lower falls, which I believe is the one further into the canyon. The way the falls cascade down a series of boulders is just awesome, and makes for great photography. We saw a handful of people in sneakers and regular clothing. I would suggest you wear a good pair of hiking boots for the mud and slippery conditions closer to the falls, and a few layers of hiking clothes for the cold. Most of the trail we took was a dirt road that ascends just slightly. Eventually, you'll end up taking a regular trail down into the canyon which is where you will get the most elevation gain on the way back. Use the app to follow along as there are a few unmarked turnoffs. It's super easy to get here...no crazy forest roads with potholes or anything... have fun!

Amazing hike we hiked to the upper falls, middle falls and lower falls. The trail was a bit confusing to follow but we used the all trails app to try to stay on path. The middle falls was by far my favorite it’s a trail that splits to the left of the sign of the upper falls. There was a bit of snow on the ground and icy in some spots so use caution. Saw plenty of dogs as well. Such a great hike!

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