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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 10, 2021
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A little early in the wildflower season but the balsamroots were out.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 23, 2021
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Perfect on a sunny day!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 5, 2020
HikingGreat!

The trail was awesome easy to follow. Tough terrain but well maintained. Some of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen. Completed 8-1-2020

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 2, 2020
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We didn't quite make it to the lake. We were less than a mile away when we met our turn-around time. The weather was gorgeous. The snow on the trail slowed us down and it took 4 hours to get to the fork where the PCT trail and Thunder Mt. trail meet. The boulders were actually fairly easy to hike as the snow covering them was hard enough to carry you without too much postholing. Microspikes and poles were a big help. Two trail runners were the only other people we met. They said that the lakes were frozen.

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Kira Marchant reviewed Little Belknap Crater via PCT
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 30, 2020
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Really loved this hike. Definitely park west of the observatory at the PCT parking lot. Great hike in September and October when it’s cooler. I can’t imagine hiking this in the heat. Not a good trail for dogs, too much lava rock. I liked hiking up Belknap Crater much more than Little Belknap. So if you are short on time or energy, skip Little and head for Belknap Crater just a little further down the trail. Amazing views and a really cool crater.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 14, 2020
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"MISSING PERSON: Jordan Naterer Last seen heading out from an apartment in downtown Vancouver at 7:08am on Sat, Oct 10 on his way to do a 1.5-2 day hike in Manning Park. White male, brown hair, 5'10"" and 190lbs. He was wearing a white t-shirt, possibly under a red puffy jacket, black track pants, and an army green 60L pack. Drives a black 2016 Honda Civic, found in the Frosty Mountain Lightning Lake Day Use parking lot. If anyone hiked this trail in the last few days and saw someone who matches Jordan's description or saw something amiss, we'd greatly appreciate any and all information and ask you to please contact the police (case number: VA20-181260). Here's a link to a missing person news report: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vpd-missing-man-jordan-naterer-manning-park?fbclid=IwAR3X8F0_2eYCI_pWBzMDROFrwwssdSVdoWyT9PvAHw_ZZA6S-fD5PbAWcnA Thank you so much. J"

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 10, 2020
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Trail was beautiful and well maintained, road was easy up, fall colors were in full bloom, and plenty of cool lakes to check out. Warning: we did see a mama brown bear and her cub about 3 miles into the hike. Cub seemed curious and mom seemed suspicious and stood her ground, so we called it a bit short. Signs do say bears frequent this area specifically, so be aware.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 9, 2020
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Nice, leisurely hike up to Little Belknap. There's no need to park at Wright Observatory, as the map suggests, unless you can't get enough of hiking on volcanic pumice. Just park at the PCT trailhead a little further west.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 3, 2020
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Awesome trail! Plenty of water throughout.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 28, 2020
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HikingBlowdownBridge outGreat!Rocky

Four days northbound (NOBO) with mileage breakdown of 22, 21, 16, 14. Incredible views, fall colors out but a few weeks from peak. Great time of year for this hike if you can find a string of mostly clear and non-rainy days. Minimal bugs, cooler temps and fall colors! Plenty of water. Lots of wildlife, especially deer / elk in the meadows.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 21, 2020
HikingBlowdownBridge outGreat!

Summary: Four days northbound (NOBO) with mileage breakdown of 22, 21, 16, 14. Incredible views, fall colors out but a few weeks from peak. Great time of year for this hike if you can find a string of mostly clear and non-rainy days. Minimal bugs, cooler temps and fall colors! Day 1 - Sunday Start: Snoqualmie PCT - N Trailhead End: Lemah Meadow Mileage: ~22 Elevation gain: ~5600 ft Elevation loss: ~5400 ft After leaving the Snoqualmie TH and getting my permit, I went on to the Kendall catwalk. It was a nice 1.5hr trip to the top. There were a lot of day hikers on this portion of the trail. It was misty and foggy but I wasn't disappointed because I had a full four more days to enjoy the views. Beautiful PNW forests open up to a sloped mountain side with fall colors as you approach the catwalk. The catwalk was a fun experience but I had no time to linger. Especially in the heavy fog. Shortly after the catwalk, most hikers disappear. A few overnighters were scoping out spots along some of the lakes immediately after the catwalk. The fog opened up and I was able to catch glimpses of the blue lakes below the trail. I startled a family of marmots who stared at my longer than I was willing to make eye contact with them. The trail picks up in elevation gain from here, eventually cresting around a switchback where Joe Lake reveals itself. It took me 40 minutes to get from the crest to the other side of Joe Lake where I ate my lunch. After a short break, I continued onward to the high alpine meadows. Water was scarce here so load up before this section if you're concerned. Walking along the talus slopes of the PCT, I looked back upon Joe Lake and the Kendall Catwalk. I knew shortly I'd be out of sight of these landmarks and deeper in the wilderness. Once the talus ends you move around the corner of a switchback and Park Lake smacks you in the face! To the left you can see Mt Stuart in the distance. As I moved through the meadow I found a doe who was curious but cautious. I walked right by as she continued eating. Climb a bit more and enjoy the views of Spectacle Lake below. The next 7 miles were all downhill and through burned forest with little cover or water available. Once you enter Lemah Meadow, there is a sign that the bridge is out. Stock are advised to take a detour. I took the PCT and faced the out bridge. The stream is flowing fast and rock hopping was safe but wet for me. I ended up drenching my feet completely. After soak, it's only a mile until the camp sites. I stayed in a site to the left of the PCT down a short spur trail. There's a nice view of ~7600ft Chimney Rock and easy water access with little bugs. Great site. Day 2 - Monday Start: Lemah Meadow End: Deep Lake Mileage: ~21 Elevatin gain: ~4500 ft Elevation loss: ~3300 ft After waking up I enjoyed the sun rising and touching the glacier on Chimney Rock over breakfast. There's a few chances for water before the long set of switchbacks coming up. Camel up because there's nothing for water until the top. These switchbacks are beautiful. As you go higher you see more and more fall colors as well as more and more of Chimney Rock and the glaciers there. There is a magnificent waterfall cascading down from Chimney Rock. It feeds the river which ran past my campsite. At the top of the switchbacks, there are a few sites and a pond. This would make for a nice site if you are willing to do a 25mi day to get here. Doing those switchbacks at the end of the day would be tough though. The next several miles are a beautiful high altitude alpine meadow traverse. Plenty of fall colors and several opportunities to view Mt Stuart. These meadows are beautiful and mostly flat. Several times here I would scatter birds as I walked the trail. This made me feel I was in a remote location and had a unique opportunity to be in nature alone. You start descending and Waptus lake comes into view. There are several viewpoints, but there is one mega viewpoint about half way down the switchbacks (NOBO). This is worth waiting for. I ate lunch and dried my tent on the rocks there. It offered an incredible viewpoint and I stayed longer than I should have but I couldn't leave! Enjoy these views because they're the last you will get. There hardly any visibility to Waptus Lake from the trail as you walk along it's Northern side. The trail gently ascends and enjoy some old growth forest in this area. As you round the east corner of Waptus Lake you start ascending, my last ascent for the day. Around half way to Deep Lake, I rounded a corner and encountered a large bull elk. He was just grazing along the trail. It was a nice photo op but he barely moved within 30 minutes. Eventually, he walked down the trail right past me. I moved off trail to give him some space. There was more gain and more alpine meadow walking before reaching Deep Lake. At Deep Lake, there are a few groups of sites. Some much better than others. Due to my long break at Waptus lake, and the bull elk encounter...

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 19, 2020
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BackpackingBugsMuddy

08/07/2020 - 08/08/2020 Backpacking on Fri/Sat and spent the night at Trap Lake. Gravel road to trailhead has potholes, not too bad though. Parking is limited. No bathrooms. As the day became cloudy, it got a LOT colder—dress warm. Long hike! Very steep at first. If you hike farther along the PCT, it’s great views of the lake.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 6, 2020
Backpacking

Day 3 - We departed our campsite on the Waptus River around 8:30 am and hiked southeast along the Waptus lake enjoying views of Goat Mountain to the southeast and Cathedral Rock to the North. The morning was dominated by views of Cathedral Rock as we approached it from the south, with views of Deep Lake, Mt Daniel and Mt Hinman as we proceeded northward. We ate lunch on Cathedral Pass as we proceeded beyond Cathedral Rock, taking a little extra time to have a warm meal. After lunch we began the long and gradual descent toward Deception Pass and filled up our water and as we crossed the rocky Cle Elum River. We ended Day 3 at Deception Lake a little after 6 pm where we set up camp for the night on a flat silty spot between Deception and Daisy Lake. Definitely needed our Deet wipes and long sleeve swifts and pants to protect from mosquitoes.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 5, 2020
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Nice! Out and back. Lite traffic. Perfect weather. Skeeters.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 5, 2020
HikingGreat!

Great hike! Still lots of water along the trail! In classic All Trails fashion the mileage is off and is closer to 74-76 miles long.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 5, 2020
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Beautiful trail, great views, perfect weather, toilets at camp sites, COVID-considerate hikers, no permits needed, no snow. Only downside was many places had mosquitos (Spectacle and Escalante were the mosquito-free exceptions) ; so bring hair nets and bug spray.

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