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Left parking lot about 0830, got to mason lake about 10. Put on micro spikes somewhere near the lake and kept them on the rest of the hike until returning back down to that spot. Walked on rocks to cross stream and continue to the peak. I didn’t use poles but they seemed to help many people with the semi-rock scramble near the top. Had lunch at the peak and put on a bunch of layers. Got back to parking lot about 4pm. Remember sunset is 4:30pm now!! It was beautiful when I hiked but I’m sure there is more snow to come.

11/3/18

Great trail, packed dirt most of the way. Steep enough to get a workout, but not too much. Beautiful Ponderosa pines!

Not recommend. Although it's a well-marked trail, there are a lot of burned areas blocking the way. The trail is too narrow, so we stopped many times to make way for biker. And the view of the top was disappointing, good for biking but not for hiking.

Hiked on 10/21 and it was a perfect day to do so. The first few miles were very flat so a nice warm up to where the elevation starts. We also went to rampart lakes and some of the little lakes were a little frozen probably from not getting much sun. It was super cold when we started at around 8ish but warmed up as soon as we started to walk. I saw about 6 dogs and only one was on a leash. I understand that your dog might be well behaved but some people get really nervous around them specially if they are not in a leash. Im one of them. I saw dog poop bags too which was super disappointing I wish people would just carry their dog poop and not leave it for people to see. There were not many people so it was nice. I didn’t really think it was a hard hike more Like a moderate hike.

Went up to the Rampart lakes yesterday and there was no ice or snow. It was perfect!

hiking
1 month ago

Great Hike, beware of ticks, we hiked with our two dogs and we had several ticks on us and pulled 9 of them off of our dogs. Great hike with some pretty steep parts, may be a little bit harder than moderate for some, but worth it.

Great hike! I clocked in 8 miles with 2400 ft in gain. Great views at iron peak, will do again sometime!
Went on a beautiful October Saturday, only ran into three groups, 2 groups of 2 & a group of 7. It never felt crowded though. Road was fine for an vehicle. Lots of washboard made for a bumpy ride! My sedan made it up NO problem.

hiking
2 months ago

The trailhead had a sign saying the trail is closed from Oct. 14 to Mar. 21. Great trail with awesome views. Logging was taking place between Glacier Peak and Sauer's summit, so just a tad of bush whacking was needed to go around that. Would love to do it again and go farther North to the other peaks beyond Sauer.

Overall great hike. Was able to get to Rachel Lake yesterday (10/7) but not all the way to Rampart. Around 4500' we started to encounter some snow patches. Snow on the trail was compacted down to around an inch for a couple of the last switch backs. Extremely difficult to pass without poles because it is VERY slippery. We were able to do it without poles, but only very slowly and almost face planted several times.

If going on a weekend, be sure to get there early, as the parking lot fills quickly.

This hike is amazing. Not a lot of people head this way, they usually stop at mason lake or Bandera. The incline beginning from Mason Lake is pretty tough, I think equal to climbing Bandera. But all alone I was at the top! On the way down I saw nobody headed to the top.

backpacking
2 months ago

The effort was 100% worth the reward. Stayed the night next to the lake. Woke up to a beautiful morning. Fall colors were everywhere. Could not have done this hike at a better time of the year.

hiking
2 months ago

the only reason I don't give this 5 stars is because you must pass through someone's backyard in order to start the trail, that makes it a little bit confusing but the trail is absolutely amazing. a little bit difficult for those who might not be used to hiking on a regular basis but the views are spectacular as stated in many of the reviews.

Great place!!

This time the weather was really clear (9/7/18) and I was able to see Rainier and the valleys very well. Between miles 5 and 6. It was a pleasant surprise because every time I have hiked here it has been cloudy so I didn’t even know there was a view of Rainier. :-) Well, there is, and it’s magnificent. There is a lot of clear cutting at the top of the mountain, but that allows you to see some really great views.

Today I continued down the trail to the Ledge then returned back the way I came. Including some extemporaneous exploration, I logged 18 miles and 4500 elevation gain.

Great hike! Definitely recommend!

Camped at Labor day. Train in good condition, no bugs. hiked Alta mountains as a bonus.

backpacking
3 months ago

Hiked this about a month ago. Mosquitoes were vicious and seemed to avoid the fact I repeated applications of 98% deet.

5 stars for being close to home, solitude (saw no one) and just what my old knees needed. Steady climd, no steep step ups. 3 stars for boring “road”

If the weather would have been clear , scenery would have been much better, but I bet a few more people would have on the trail

Lots of trails forking off. Just choose uphill every time.

9.2 miles with small trip out to the ledge where you’re supposed be able to see but it was way too cloudy.

Bonus if anyone can identify the odd, big rolling device just past the upper blue gate.

Great moderate-difficult day hike with outstanding lake views at the end. The trail to Rachel lake can get a bit confusing as there are no marked trail signs but keep looking for where you find the maximum density of footprints and follow along. Recorded about 11.5 miles RT to Rampart lake and back.

Gorgeous hike. careful when you get ti the trail head with the other trail... can be confusing but the trail almost doubles back. Worth the trip.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike the whole time! Stunning views that just get better. Parts of the trail are a bit narrow due to overgrowth, which made it a bit difficult/dangerous when motorcycles passed through. Didn’t quite make it to the top because I ran out of time, so I’ll be back for sure!

Decent view, nice hike

Well marked trail, great forest terrain. There are some burned areas to get through, and the top is a little disappointing with no viewpoint and lots of logging. I went through to Rattlesnake Lake and it was very cool, also shorter than turning around and going back down.

Stunning views! Start early (we arrived 0645 and had plenty of spaces in parking lot) and bring mosquito netting/hat, bugs didn’t bite but they were fierce and numerous! Swim in Mason on way down was fantastic.

Once you get past the first mile, which is definitely the toughest part of the hike, the trail opens up to a beautiful wide path with views of the surrounding mountains. The trail is a little rough at some points with lots of loose rocks, but the views along the way make it worth it. Make sure to take the overgrown path right before you get to the cell tower and explore the little offshoots for an amazing view of Mount Rainer. Gorgeous area for such a little known trail in the area!

backpacking
5 months ago

Hiked this July 9th, trail in was clear but still a fair amount of snow at Rampart. The largest lake is still over half covered in snow/ice. Mesquites are out in force so take repellent. Warm during the day and not very cold at night. Water is crystal clear. I just absolutely love this place.

Amazing hike! It was beautiful and the views were stunning. Be ready for a narrow path for the first mile with lots of loose rocks. But man oh man is it a great hike to take with friends! Killer views and beautiful flora and fauna

Perfect conditions to head up, tons of blooming wildflowers also as others have said that last mile wow! Bugs at the top so bring bug spray and don’t forget to sign the summit register

Gorgeous views. Hike was nice and gradual. Had my almost 2yr old in our backpack and we both loved the trail!

hiked Jun 17th, still a lot of snow towards the last mile of the trail. hard to see/locate the trail. have the map saved and bring bug repellent.

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