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Kearston Goble reviewed Hidden Lake Lookout
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SnowshoeingIcySnow

Definitely don’t recommend going without snow shoes. Even with snow chains, our truck could only make it about 1.5 miles from the trailhead so be prepared to turn your 8 mile hike into an 11 mile hike quick. At some points the snow could get anywhere from 2-3 ft deep.

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Georgia Talania reviewed Hidden Lake Lookout
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David Bielecki reviewed High Divide - Seven Lakes Basin Loop
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Did this early august. Weather was incredible.

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lori s reviewed Hidden Lake Lookout
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Bart Kroes reviewed Hidden Lake Lookout
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J W reviewed Hidden Lake Lookout
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HikingIcyMuddyOff trailRockySnow

Wow. What a gnarly hike! A friend and I left the trailhead at 12:45pm November 7th and ALMOST made it to the very top, but had to turn around because ice was caked between my doggy's toes. It was just too cold and blustery for the furry companion. Poor puppy! He was ok, and wasn't whining, but he was definitely uncomfortable. Expect a good patch of ice on the last 400 yards driving to the parking lot. 4 wheel drive/all wheel drive is a must as everyone has been saying. 2 guys were driving backwards back down the mountain because they didn't feel comfortable driving the last stretch to the lot. The lower/forested part of the trailhead was muddy and snow starts to only get deeper as you go. We didn't have any hardcore gear, just some polyester layers and shells with oiled leather, insulated boots. The snow only gets deeper and softer the higher up you go. Expect strong gusts of freezing wind at the top. The temperature drops drastically once you hike out of the gully below into the rock valley above. Make sure to bring gloves and something to protect your ears and perhaps your face. Trekking poles and snowshoes would be helpful once you get into the softer snow higher up. Not essential, but would have been nice. We turned around about 1 mile from the top and moved quickly down the mountain to be at the parking lot by around 4:15pm-ish. The temperature change is extremely noticeable near the peak. We jogged/slid down most the trail on the return hike. Expect an additional hour or 2 if you plan on dong the same distance but moving slow on the return. We crossed a couple on our return down the mountain, and these people were hardly in the snow yet and were planning on going to the lookout cabin to stay the night. Either they are EXTREMELY experienced hikers, or clueless, because it was already 3:45 pm, which means it would be complete darkness halfway through their hike up the mountain. Add a mixture of fog and wind gusts kicking powder everywhere, I couldn't imagine their journey being easy. I warned them of the conditions, but figured they knew the time of day, and let them decide for themselves of the potential risks. I hope they made it safely and are warm and happy this morning in the cabin. That being said, this is an extreme hike during late fall and not for the feint of heart. Do not expect an easy day hike this time of year. I saw people wearing shorts and vans shoes, etc. near the bottom part of the trail, and couldn't help but wonder if anyone actually reads these reviews. I hope this helps any future adventurers! Please hike safely and remember to dress appropriately.

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Lacy Parker reviewed Hidden Lake Lookout
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Nadia K reviewed Hidden Lake Lookout
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Hiked 11/7/20 Road to TH is bumpy, rocky. Near the TH, there was snow on the turns which made it so difficult to go down. ( we had 4wheel drive suv tho) The snow on the trail started after about 1 mile and it was super muddy, snowy and rooty. And lots of creek that you have to pass.We made it half way thru because it started to so heavy and foggy. It was the best decision. I would recommend people coming in winter waterproof shoes, crampons, gaitors, chains for your car, gps.

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Anna M reviewed Hidden Lake Lookout
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HikingIcy

Attempted this the morning of 11/7/20. Road was rough put passable. Forested part of the trail had lots of running water and mud that had frozen partially overnight, making for some tricky crossings. Definitely needed waterproof shoes, traction, and poles. We made it about 2.6 miles up and finally turned around - the trail had several inches of snow, it had started snowing (and was snowing heavier the higher we went), visibility was poor, and we were making horrible time. We were also worried we wouldn’t be able to find the trail coming back down, or that we’d end up coming down in the dark given our slow pace. It’s possible that, had we waited it out or kept on going, we would’ve gotten above the snow/fog - it looked like it had cleared up some at the top by the time we got to the bottom (really frustrating). Oh well, we’ll save it for next summer!

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BackpackingMuddy

Hiked the loop during Halloween weekend. A little frosty at the top, but overall trail conditions were very good. Occasionally muddy, but not bad at all. No snow. We did not need microspikes. We found the trail a little underwhelming, given its 4.9 star rating. The entire north and most of the west parts of the trail are through dense, wet pine forest and hence rather boring and monotonic. Since there are only pine trees, this trail ain't good to see fall foliage. The southern ridge part of the trail is nice and definitely has good views. In terms of time investment, there are better trails: out of the 19+ miles you hike, you get 5 miles of good views; there are many trails in both the Olympics and the Cascades where you get to the spectacular views in a significantly shorter amount of time and distance. Soll Duc Falls are quite underwhelming. Perhaps this trail is more interesting in other seasons.

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Monica Kwak reviewed Hidden Lake Lookout
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HikingGreat!MuddySnow

Left my Black Diamond cork trekking poles at the trailhead. If anyone finds them, please let me know - email tuesdaythe11th@gmail.com Otherwise, the hike was amazing. The road is still a bit terrible with potholes and plenty of bushes on the side, and snow at the top. Would not recommend trying to make it up the 5miles gravel road without a high clearance car , and not without good traction tires. . But the hike made it worthwhile.

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Kailey Price reviewed Hidden Lake Lookout
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HikingWashed out

This trail looked absolutely beautiful in pictures. We planned to start our hike at 9am. In order to reach this trailhead you turn off the road and go up the mountain for 4 miles before reaching the beginning. Unfortunately, the condition of the road enables you to get to it. There are very big holes in the beginning of the road. We had an SUV and there was no way we were getting past without damaging our car (if we could make it that far). After finding out the road was impossible for our car to drive on, we pulled off to the side of the road and watched about 5 cars decide not to go up the trail either. We were surprised to have run into this because there is very little reviews on this issue. It’s such a shame that there is such limited access to this beautiful trail. Long story short, if you don’t have a vehicle without four wheel drive and good suspension, do not bother planning to hike this trail.

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Lance Loverink reviewed High Divide - Seven Lakes Basin Loop
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BackpackingGreat!

Came late in the season to check out the area. Had time to do one night out. What a beautiful trail. It is a fairly hard trek if you are backpacking in and carrying some weight. Got up to Deer Lake and saw Deer, convient! They were eating off the trail not more than 20 feet from us and if you weren't spooking them, they didn't mind. Bring your rain gear.

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Skyler Ruff reviewed Hidden Lake Lookout
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