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scenic driving
4 hours ago

Did most of this on a motorcycle run with my son on one of my Goldwings. Went from SF area up to Port Angeles and back down way too many years ago. . Spent a few days in Coos Bay fishing as well. Awesome area and trip.

backpacking
8 hours ago

Was a great trip! We got lucky with dry weather and temps in the 50-60 range. Low tide opened up a lot of tide pools. I’m definitely hoping to make the long drive to come back over sometime.

Excellent. Hiked the entire distance in one day - started at Stuart trail , finished at Snow lake trail head. Took 15 hrs ( swimming stop and rest breaks) a bit scary hiking last 4-5 miles in the dark.
Beautiful scenic yet challenging hike. Thank you to my friend Kristen who organized this adventure !

backpacking
5 days ago

Strenuous backpacking trip that was well worth the amazing scenery. Definitely pick as light as possible and consider caching food to save weight. I did the entire loop with about 60 pounds on my back which I really felt on the sharp inclines and declines. Bugs weren't too bad except for the miles around Devils Dream. Obtaining a walk-in permit was surprisingly easy if you're flexible in your plans. I did it in 9 days which seemed just right. Get out and check this off your bucket list!

We started at the Stuart Lake Trail Head working our way up to Colchuck Lake. This is an outstanding hike, unfortunately the smoke got in our eyes, a lot of smoke in the are which interfered with views but worth it!

Gorgeous

Just did a 4 night trek, up Aasgard, down through Snow Lakes. It was very challenging for me but so worth it. Bugs were only bad the first day. Last time I was here was 36 years ago and it was more outstanding than I remembered. (and harder!)

hiking
10 days ago

Trained by doing a bunch of challenging hikes leading up to this. Definitely helped. It's not so much difficult physically as it is mentally: if you can train your mind to understand time and space while doing the hike, you'll be much better off (not just for the Pass, but also the long hike down to the Snow Lakes trail head).

12 days ago

Yes, old guys can do this in a day. I took a bunch of great pictures, talked to other cool hikes , and had a great day.

backpacking
13 days ago

Epic views and ever changing scenery. The Wonderland takes you through subalpine meadows, old growth forests, over talus fields and raging glacial rivers. Challenging elevation gains and losses, I think there might be 10 feet of flat path on the whole trail! Challenging terrain in places and smooth forest path in others. Snow crossings, sketchy washout sections. Always, ALWAYS check trail conditions report before heading out, especially to see if bridges are in and never underestimate the danger of the water crossings, never ford alone. Be prepared to change plans or bail out if you cannot cross safely. Campsites all have backcountry privy and bear poles. Cache points at Sunrise, Longmire and Mowich, and abundant water sources make it easy to travel light. Trail is well marked and traveled.

We hiked this on Aug 3rd 2018, a group of 7, Gorgeous day, great weather, and after reading the reviews took advice about bug spray and had zero issues. Definitely a must if you are in the Leavenworth area and want to go on a hike. Incline was just enough for our non hiking friends that joined us to still have a good time. My gps read 10.3 round trip, but we hiked to the big rock on lake and had lunch.

hiking
14 days ago

First time test out big and long hike with my buddy who probably can run this trail in half or less the time he was hiking with me. It was satisfied painfully. It is the most difficult and mental challenge (the last few miles)
hike I have ever done. We started at a minute before sunrise 544am on 8/5 and was out in the car by 8pm! My feet and Knees are still paying for the unforgiven pain. I love what nature has to offer, wow! Thanks Boomer for staying with me. It was unforgettable memories.

hiking
14 days ago

Amazing thru-hike experience. We lucked out on a relatively cool day which was still clear with tremendous views and plenty of sun. Bugs were remarkably few, we had feared much worse. My stats showed 20.5 miles and took us 13 hours which included a dip in Snow lake (refreshing and wonderful) and few small wayfinding challenges. aasgard was as billed (tough and took us about 2 hours) but downhill rock field climbing was harder than expected but doable even for those not hard core hikers (like ourselves). We went down on our bottoms on quite a few rocks. Kept a steady pace with not much rest time but frequent small stops for eating and filtering water. Didn't stop and enjoy the core zone as much as we'd like due to concern about finishing. In retrospect, we could have taken a nice break at one of the core zone lakes and really take it all in. Hard to make that kind of decision when you are exhausted, so making a plan to do that would be better. Bring lots of fuel. Drink plenty of water (we did about 7L and used Nuun tablets for electrolytes) and some real food (PBJ sandwiches) were great for lunch instead of the typical nuts and jerky type trail food. It was an amazing experience and I highly recommend it!

backpacking
15 days ago

looks like it dropped right out of a book. amazing place!!!

on Lake Stuart Trail

hiking
16 days ago

Arrived by 7:30 and main lot full, parking 1/4 mile away. Trail had steady traffic until split with Colchuck (2.2 Miles). From Colchuck / Stuart split To Lake Stuart did see another person until 1/4 mile before Lake Stuart. Lots of people going to Colchuck. Bugs were minimal. First 2.2 Miles of trail to Stuart/Colchuck split is steady incline, next .mile is pretty flat with awesome picture once you get to open meadow. Next .6 miles incline, last .6 Miles incline and flat. Walk around the lake (heavy trees and vegetation) to locate a nice rock to sit on for lunch. About 4::15 total trail time (with a few breaks). Recommend this trail to practice before you try Colchuck.

Nice walk through the old forest growth. We ended at the creek, but we think the trail ends before the steep descent.

Have done 5-night hikes twice. Otherworldy views, secluded trails and sites, tons of day hikes off the beaten path. Count yourself lucky if you can claim the end of the peninsula on Leprechaun Lake. Aasgard Pass is brutally satisfying if you come up from Colchuck.

hiking
19 days ago

Did this hike with a friend and it was a gorgeous hike. It’s a gradual incline up the mountain and you can cool off in the lake above. We saw lots of lovely wildflowers, small forest animals, and cutthroat fish jumping for insects. This hike is definitely one to check off your list if you’re partial to the Alpine Wilderness.

hiking
19 days ago

Yeah- the trail there is a little muddy right now but not that bad- enjoyed the beach. It wasn't as busy as Rialto but a bit longer to get to some of the rock formations. Still well worth it- And you will need a permit from the Makkahs

Beautiful Lake! Loved this trail! Arrived at trail head by 8 A.M. and no parking left! Trail is SO busy! Some bugs but very little compared to other trails.

Did the thru hike a few weeks ago and it was without a doubt the hardest hike I’ve done to date. If we had gotten an overnight permit, I would’ve jumped on the chance to split it over 2 days. The views are indescribable though - pictures don’t do it justice. The bugs were awful and we came home covered in mosquito bites. Bug spray did not seem to deter them. If you’ve got the will and heart like a previous poster said, do it. You won’t regret it. Make sure to come prepared though - it’s definitely a challenge.

The trail to the beach is a bit muddy, but well marked and easy to follow. Getting down to the beach is a bit of a climb, but easily manageable if you take your time. There were plenty of families with small children hiking without difficulty.

Epic test of will and heart but well worth the trek! Amazing views! Doable in one day but bring your headlamp and plenty of food/water.

hiking
29 days ago

Very beautiful but more difficult than ‘moderate’ in my opinion. Wear bug spray!

hiking
30 days ago

We lucked out and got a permit for the whole trail and did it in 10 days. Coming from flat Oklahoma this was still a little strenuous. Cool the first few days and snow still on the east side in early July but we had a few warm days to conquer it and thankfully boot tracks to show us the way. Otherwise make sure you have a map and altimeter to cross the snow.

hiking
1 month ago

My friend and I hiked the trail today, July 21st, 2018. It was a great hike and I was tired afterwards that’s for sure. I wasn’t impressed with all the cars on the trailhead, I would estimate 200-300 cars. 99% from the west side of WA or out of state :( We had a 1/4-1/2 mile hike to just the trail head. Traffic on the trail was moderate but lake Stuart was beautiful and wasn’t as packed as Colchuck. I’d do it again but I’d put bug spray on at the start, it’s a must!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful trail, especially when Mt Stuart pokes it’s head above the trees! The bugs were really bad above the trail split, but got worse as we got into the afternoon. If you’re going to do this one start before 10! Had no difficulty taking my parents up the trail, it seemed much longer than 9 miles though.

walking
1 month ago

Pretty. The drive up was very scenic. The fresh blue water of the river was very relaxing to sit by. I even got enough courage to soak my feet in it. Very refreshing!

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes. June and July usually have less mud. I haven’t been in a few years and the addition of stairs make the decent to beach much easier. Low tide allows you to find sea surprises.

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