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Super dog friendly! Just keep them leashed. Saw several today not leashed and owners not seeming to care that they disturbed other hikers. :/ The trail was clean, wide snd easy to navigate with a steady upward incline nearly 95% of the time. Great views from the ledge! A bit cloudy today with slight snow flurries, but it went away quickly leaving a partial view of Mt Si. Would certainly visit this trail again!

completely agree with the previous post! microspikes are a must!!! the last 2 mi of the trail are still covered with snow and ice

Amazing view at the top!

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.

I didn’t find snow on my way to the view points today, make sure to hit the trail early

It was busy but enough space to spread out on the top, pretty views and well shaded for the hike.

Soooooo out of shape

5 days ago

Pulled into the last parking spot of the trailhead around 9 am. Very busy hike so earlier the better. Had lunch at the less busy, first viewpoint overlooking big si. Great sunrise or morning hike when you don't have a full day available.

5 days ago

Did this hike on March 10 - super clear day and great hike. The hike is ~50% packed snow, so I’d recommend micro spikes but definitely doable without. Great view on a clear day.

6 days ago

This is a good first hike of the season. It’s steep from the start, then it’s flat for a while, then it’s steep at the end. Got a good workout without getting too sore the next day.

Ps, it’s definitely around 4.2 miles instead of 3.6.

6 days ago

Definitely a fun, manageable hike. Gets a little busy on the weekends so get there early if you don’t want to either get lucky, or wait for a parking space (we saw people had parked off-site from the trailhead and walked in). All and all it was a good time going up. A little muddy/slippery toward the top right now, so be careful!

good trail, very busy but the views we're with it.

Hiked up the ledge and to east point yesterday, spikes would have been helpful however I did it without. You can get by without just a little slippery towards the end. Great views and met some cool people along the way.

7 days ago

This was definitely a moderate hike, but only on the way up and you’re treated with a beautiful view at the end. It was a pretty busy Saturday at lunchtime, but regardless of the narrow trail at times, people and animals were patient and respectful. Going down can be a little steep so I recommend hiking shoes with good traction. Dogs also really enjoyed the hike and made a few friends along the way.

I listened to the reviews and bought some micro spikes for my first time... I encourage everyone to do the same - you won't regret it!!

It was a gorgeous day to be up there. From Snowqualmie it’s about 10-11 miles round trip but it’s not too bad and the elevation gain is mostly gradual. Poles are extremely help and for the best view bring snowshoes because about a mile past the Grand viewpoint is a clear cut that you can explore, it has a view of Rainier as well.

Great trail be prepared for a hike. Uphill. The scenery is amazing when u get to the top!

7 days ago

Hiked this trail this morning with my dog. Great hike, definitely steep enough in some places to get your blood pumping. It’s a little slippery up at the top right now with some mud still in places. It’s busy on weekends but I didn’t have trouble finding a place to park.

Beautiful day!!!

7 days ago

Amazing Sunday to hike, arrived at 945am and there were already 7 rows of cars parked. When they say this one is popular, they totally mean it. When I left around 330pm I saw there were cars parked even outside on the road. The first half of the trail is normal train but it’s a climb, you start going up right away. The second half I would highly recommend micro spikes. Those without looked nervous and had to go at beyond a snails pace and it didn’t look like they were having fun. The view at the top was totally worth the climb. 100% worth it. I didn’t tackle haystack but there was a ton of snow at the top and I was hiking solo. Will try again in the summer when the snow is clear but I head out way earlier in the morning.

The perfect trail in my opinion. Good length and elevation for a casual challenge with a beautiful view at the top. A little overcrowded on weekends but that’s s good indication of how great it is!

7 days ago

I hiked yesterday so beautiful and a lot people along the way even get see group that were doing rock climbing . Little rock but beautiful valley between to walk the rock area. Stunning view on the top

Fun hike, go early to avoid massive crowding at the top..

Make no mistake, unlike many other hard-rated hikes on this website, this one is actually hard. An information board in one of the ranger centers rated it as extremely strenuous, and while I'm not sure about the "extreme" part, "strenuous" is definitely an apt description.
You start straight off with the hardest part - very steep switchbacks through a forest that feel almost endless and offer absolutely no views to take your mind off your misery. While you gain a lot of altitude in this section, on the map it looks like you are making no progress at all, which can feel somewhat discouraging. It was warm and really humid when we did the hike, which made the first part even worse.
Once you make it beyond the switchbacks, you finally get some views, which gradually open up until you have full 360 at the top. The final push again comes in the form of a few steep switchbacks but this time they are fairly short.
Mid-July, there was still a lot of snow at the top, so sturdy boots and hiking poles are a must.
During the whole hike, we only met 3 or 4 other people, so if you want some quiet time, this hike is definitely a good place. We saw some ground-squirrels and bear footprints but no other wildlife.
In sum, this is a great hike with stunning views at the top, definitely worth the effort.

8 days ago

A fairly easy hike with gorgeous views of mountains and lakes. Mid-July, there was still plenty of snow in the upper parts, so hiking poles and good boots come highly recommended. We hiked it in the counter-clockwise direction and we thought the last steep descent was quite hard on the knees but nothing unbearable. If you prefer a less steep descent, go clockwise though.
All in all, a really nice hike with quite a few people on the trail.

amazing views, snow is still present at the top of the trail. I hiked it with plain boots and no spikes or poles we're needed.

Good hike, good view. Loved the snow and elevation.

10 days ago

I did this hike yesterday with my dog and 14 month old daughter in a carrier on my back. Some parts were difficult with rocks but for the most part it wasn’t too bad. Didn’t run into any snow or mud. Get there early if you want parking. I got there at 11am on a weekday and the parking lot was almost full.

Great hike, beautiful weather, beautiful views!!!

Awesome trail! Still very icy at the top, lots of opportunities to slip and fall, so be careful and bring poles and microspikes! View at the ledge is absolutely stunning, makes the trek up well worth it.

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