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I hiked southbound July 13th in two days. Started at 6 a.m. and set up camp at Deep Lake around 6 p.m. Decided last minute to take the Goldmyer Alternate route and finished up at Alpental late in the evening in day 2.

I do this Section a couple of times each year and am amazed at the great condition of the trail. A great big thank you to all those volunteers that do the hard work keeping the PCT safe and in good condition.

This was the earliest I have done this section and the snow was present in many areas, but very manageable. I also tend to camp at Deep Lake each time out and tolerate the mosquitoes. Lot’s of bug spray and am thinking of passing by next time to avoid them.

Great couple of days of solitude. Just what I needed.

Spectacular views of Glacier Peak.

backpacking
20 days ago

We hiked and stayed the night at Spectacle Lake 7/28 - 7/29. Overall the hike was 10 miles one way and took us 4 hours to get to the lake.

The first 4.4 miles to Pete Lake was very easy with minimal elevation gain. We encountered a lot of mosquitos on this part of the hike.

The next 1.3 miles from Pete Lake to the Lemah Creek crossing was also pretty flat. The creek was about knee deep and wasn’t that hard to cross this time of year. The alternative, if the creek can’t be forded, is a 1.9 mile detour up Lemah Meadow Trail to the PCT.

From the creek, it’s about 0.7 miles to the PCT. Once on the PCT, it’s about 2.7 miles to the Spectacle Lake trail. This is where most of the elevation gain happens. The trail switchbacks up a burnt forest to the Spectacle Lake trail. From there, it is another 0.8 miles downhill to the lake. Most of the campsites are on the peninsula, there are also some campsites on the east side of the lake.

Went with my brother 7/25-7/26. This was my first hike. The trails were beautiful, and, as many have posted, full of mosquitos. Lots of switchbacks to climb up to the lake, but the waterfall and Spectacle Lake were amazing. Lots of friendly people on the trail. We leisurely made it from the trailhead to Spectacle Lake in about six hours (where we camped for the evening), and we spent about four and a half to get back the next day.

I solo hiked this section going SOBO in early July. With luck I had amazing weather each day, but still had to cross several snow fields even in July. This section offered lots of ups and downs with many switchbacks, scree with several stream ford crossings.

The North Fork Skokomish River Trail was my first overnight backpacking trip. We spent 3 days and 2 nights. Our first night was at Home Sweet Home. Getting there the first ten miles are flat and very well maintained. We had lunch at Nine Streams camp. Nine Streams is a wonderfully maintained camp and the last place to camp where you can have an open fire. (in a fire ring, of course.) The next 4-5 miles of trail are straight up. Just after Nine Streams, up the river there is no bridge, but a decent place to rock hop just across the trail on the opposite side. The switch backs in the beginning of this section of the trail remind me of Wagon Wheel trail, located in the same park. There is some meadow crossing, with beautiful flowers and butterflies. Watch the trail in spots. The flora easily covers drops offs on the sides of the trail and completely covers t in spots. There are a couple of blow downs that are easily scrambled over or under. One you can walk around. On the way up we passed Two Bear camp. This camp is a great place for a break and it looked like it had a decent amount of spots with great access to water. Home Sweet Home was gorgeous Located in an expansive valley nestled between mountain peaks. Some snow obstructs the trail, but is easily walked around. There is a toilet and a bear wire. We found one of the bear wires to be tangled in itself and useless. The ranger was notified before we left. Hopefully it is fixed soon. A trail leads down to a creak where there is water access withing a couple hundred paces from camp. The valley this camp is in is very marshy which means mosquito chased us into our tents early. The trek back was similar to the hike up. We stayed at Big Log Camp on night 2. The trail down to the camp is steep. Keep in mind what you climb down you have to climb up! The camp was well maintained. We ran into a couple rangers here providing some of that maintenance. Privy was in good order. Multiple tent camp sites and fire rings. Bear wires were in good repair with a nice log below to stuff a bear canister. Easy water access.

backpacking
1 month ago

My wife and I took our first backpacking trip of the year up to Spectacle Lake. We hiked in from the parking lot to past Pete Lake to the river crossing - roughly 6 miles. We arrived at 3:30 and landed roughly 3 hours later. We hiked with 100# dog and 20-25# packs. High temps between 80-90 degrees in the day.

River seemed a little cold on arrival so we didn’t care to cross at 6:30 not knowing what lies on the other side.
Set up at a nice little camp spot right by the river though. Mosquitos pretty tough even with spray.

Woke up and encountered several crossers at the river by 9-9:30. We packed up and left to Spectacle. River wasn’t bad at just below knee height with a dog saw people of all ages (12-55) crossing fine. My dog did well as he is tall, another couple with a small 20# dog went down river a little and there dog was fine as well. Definitely recommend water shoes to change into for crossing.

We were warned that it may be too hot with a dog in the exposed area of the climb to Spectacle Lake but decided against the heed to our relief.

There is a nice pretty well covered area for the first 45 min until you become more exposed with burn out sections. By 10:30 even at 75 degrees sun exposure not bad. If anybody fared well it was the dog. New growth on the mountain leaves a 3-4’ canopy on the trail in which the dog spent most of the exposed hike in. The hike through the exposed section consists of an hour or so of switch backs but some less gradual. There are many small streams all along the hike up the mountain.. to a dogs delight or drinks or a good dousing:)

Lots of wild flowers. Greenery and beautiful back drop even with torched trees from a decade ago. There is a wonderful bridged waterfall after driving through the switch backs which is a nice place to chill. There are 3 + areas were you have small stream crossings with no bridge.. But doable for all creatures. Mosquitoes once again can become a nuisance if your not prepared. Bring a facial net as a preference as seen with many hikers (we didn’t bring any but wished we had.)

After nearing the top the canopy of trees once again shades you more. After cresting and viewing small glimpses of the lake there is a sharp drop down if you travel to the SE side of the lake. Once your down around the lake there are access trails all around. The lake mostly surrounded by rock so pick your access wisely if you want to get in.

We jumped in on the SE side with a little beach access. Water was great! A little cold but definitely swimmable after a hike on a hot day. The lake is split up into sections south east side has one smaller section in the larger side to the northwest. There is lots of rock and land in between to travel between the two sections. Beautiful back drop to the West mountains with several cascading waterfalls and snowcapped mountains. We were to the lake roughly 3 hours after breaking camp at the river. We didn’t camp there but noticed several nice camping spots on rock or grass overlooking the lake.

We left to hike back down at around 1:30.-2:00 it was warm close to 90. There are many trails around the leak so it’s easy to get lost if you don’t know which way you came in haha. Hike was warmer in the afternoon but nothing crazy. We crossed the river again and cooked food at the river. We left our tent and some stuff by the river and packed it all ip.. headed back out past Peat Lake to the Parking lot... about 6 miles. Beautiful walk and beautiful hike out as it was in. Well covered with trees not really exposed.... except more mosquitos... once again bring your face net and spray. They were super bad on the way out.... elevation and moisture make a difference but yea. The hike, the lake, the river, the camping and the scenery were all great. Highly recommend for a 2 full day trip.... we made it to the car by 9 pm but hiked 16 miles and went to the lake all in one day! I’ll be back:)

backpacking
1 month ago

Hiked and stayed at spectacle like 7/9-7/10. Snow free the whole way. The hike itself is not hard if you’re in shape, but it is definitely long. My gps tracked 12.2 miles one way. Get ready to cross frigid lemah creek. You will definitely need to remove your boots/ shoes since it’s about knee deep and painfully cold (I am 6’2). The lakes are both spectacular. I brought an inner tube and floated around the whole inside section of spectacle lake. The water was the perfect temperature on a hot day. Keep your eyes peeled for wild life. We spotted a deer and what potentially could have been a cougar stalking it in the evening. All that was visible were eyes so have bear spray handy when that deep in the backcountry.

Attempted a SOBO training hike this past weekend and had to turn back despite my spikes. Hopefully the sun this week will help

backpacking
1 month ago

June 31, 2018
Rode bikes in first 4.5 miles, stash and lock em’ up. Very steep climb on way up, map says 1.5 as the crow flies, but probably closer to 3-4 miles up with turns and whatnot. Hike is very difficult up, with downed logs and etc. Lake was thawed and beautiful, lots of brown trout. Some small patches of snow, Mt Constance looks summit-able with good weather. Saw some people attempt it but got turned around due to weather. Good luck.

backpacking
2 months ago

This hike is actually 22 miles round trip but has some stunning views. It's 4 miles to Pete lake which is beautiful and then 7 more to Spectacle lake. There's still a lot of snow near the end of the hike but it is doable with just hiking boots. The temperatures at the lake dropped much lower than we were expecting so if you plan to camp up there, be prepared! The bridge about 2 miles from the lake is also out so you may have to go downstream a bit and wade across.

We got lost several times due to the lack of signage so make sure you have your AllTrails location on so you can direct yourself around and keep track of how far you have gone.

Push a bike to trailhead!Good water
entire way up.Stay to left of creek.9th
time up.Advise SLOW ascent to save Quads coming down.Lake half thawed
very little snow.

on Lake Constance Trail

3 months ago

It was a Friday, April 27th. Beautiful day, about 68 degrees and sunny around midday. Got to the trail around 0730 and to the trail head for the Lake Constance trail at about 0930 (we walked, not mountain biked). From there, it was all uphill. Downed trees to climb over, a trail marker here and there to help guide us. As we reached about half way up the steep incline, we hit a little snow, thought nothing of it. Then we began trudging thru about a foot to two feet of snow our entire rest of the way to the lake. Maybe our own ignorance is to blame, or just eager to hike up to what we saw in the pictures previously posted, but we did not imagine that much snow or the lake being so frozen over this close to May. However, we did see a bald eagle at the top so you can't complain too much there. The descent took awhile as well due to the snow and how slippery everything was. All in all, we were probably a tad too out of shape for this, but we prevailed and finished. When they recommend June thru October, we'll be sure to heed that warning next time.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was beautiful the whole way. It was definitely longer than 12.1 miles though. My tracker said 15.3 miles round trip.
5.37 miles until the turn off where the actual climb starts. Took me about an hour and 40 to get to this point. This portion of the trail was well maintained and easy.
After 5.37 miles, the turn off to climb up to the lake will be on the right. It can be easy to miss, but there is a wood sign on the ground that says “Lake Constance”. There are a lot of downed trees on this portion of the trail so be prepared to climb over them. For first mile, it is fairly easy to find the trail. As you get higher up the trail gets hard to find at times. But there are occasional pink and orange ties to guide you. I had the app opened and used the map on here to help me find the path. This portion was slightly over two miles and took me just under two hours. Coming down was slippery so be sure to allow extra time.
There was a little snow toward the top, but nothing crazy. I brought spikes but didn’t need to use them. I did this hike by myself but I would recommend having company.

I have hiked this trail starting at the Duckabush trail head and linking to this trail then out. Also I have solo hiked this trail and linked to Duckabush and in to Marmot lake, then out on the Dosewallup trail and out.
This is a well maintained trail that starts along side the Skokomish River and meanders past a number of good camps. Camp Pleasent is well named and is large with ez access to water and only 7 miles in. Nine stream camp is 10 miles in and very good as well. At that point the trail climbs steadily. At 11.5 there is a good lunch camp called two Bears and has a small stream flowing directly thru the camp. The trail at 13 miles tops a ridge and you look down into a sub alpine meadow that forms a bowl and is home to a beauty of a place called Home Sweet Home. Here I have seen a Black Bear in the early morning as well as a herd of elk 70 to 80 strong! There is a small copse of trees in the camp that I have pitched my tent in and after a furociuos storm awoke in the morning to a dry tent.Continuing on the trail drops you down to the intersection of the Duckabush trail where you can continue out to the Duck trail head or travel further into the Olympics. For traveling further into the Olympics I recomend the Skokomish trail above the Duck as it has much more to offer.

This hike started at Trout Lake, Wa, PCT mile 2226, for a 66 mile - 6.5 day hike to White Pass, Wa from 9-3-17 to 9-9-17. Trout Lake temp forecasted for 101. We left early and missed most of the heat and while hot, had cool offshore breeze all day. Elevation gain steady all day. Arrived at camp at 5pm, mile 2238. All set up and done by 7:45. In tent at 7:45pm

Day 2, PCT Mile 2238-2251. up at 5 AM, breakfast pack up by 7:20 AM. Hotter than yesterday and very smokey from Cascade Locks Fire. Had to hike with buff over face to breath better. Crossed wide fast flowing creek. Long gradual decent to lava springs. Lunch. Up to camp after seasonal spring mile 2251. .13.3 miles today. Dinner with neighbors. Bed at 8pm

Day 3, PCT Mile 2251-2262. Up at 6am. Set alarms for 5am then 5:30am and got up at 6am. We needed the extra morning sleep. Breakfast, packed up and got more water for the morning hike. Steep up til lunch and hotter than yesterday. Down til last water for 10 miles and level to camp at Walupt Lake trail jct. Camp at mile 2262. 7:20pm.

Day 4, PCT Mile 2262-2272. Up hill all day and all day and all day through Cispus Pass! Beautiful even with all the smoke from local fires! Refilled with water at Cispus River. Got extra cooking water that another small seasonal stream. Wanted to camp close to Cispus Basin. Had to push on up another mile to a wonderful camp at 2272.1. Had dinner with two Northbounders. Got to bed late by 830.

Day 5, PCT Mile 2272-2279. (NOTE: I forgot to start track until PCT-Old Snowy Jct. Adding another 1043ft to elevation. Total Elevation is 1765ft. Total elevation gain is not known for this section) Northbounders are gone first thing. Took my time. Decided my plan for the day was go to McCall Basin. Up up up all the way to the junction of PCT an old snowy. Talked to northbounder who was now southbounding. She skipped Oregon and South bounded Washington to avoid fires. She was coming to grips that this may be her last leg due to fires. I stayed here for over an hour. Had cell service contacted Friends and Family. Texted other family on The Knife. Got water on the other side. Found camp at mile 2279, half-mile before McCall basin. In tent by 730 because of the cold and the wind. Cooler tonight. I put the fly on tonight. Could rain.

Day 6, PCT Mile 2279-2287. Chilly night but not bad. Up late. Breakfast and coffe, packed up and left at 9:30am. Getting ride for a Saturday pickup. Planning on staying at campsite after Shoe Pass. Trail is downhill to Lutz Lake. Got almost 2 liters of water. Hard to filter. Lake questionable. Saw the kids (a couple we've been leapfrogging all week, dubbed them "The Kids") at Lutz. Down and level till after campsite. Up up up til Hidden Springs jct. took break. The kids arrived about 10 min later. Up til Shoe Lake jct and right to Shoe Lake. Got water and lunch. Up and up til Shoe Lake Pass. The kids arrived about 5 min later. :) Walked over the Pass to campsite CS2287. Passed it since my apps couldn't agree. Came back and the kids had the spot I wanted. I took a more exposed site but really good if it doesn't rain. :) In tent by 5pm. Cool and windy after sun went below ridge behind us. Made coffee and dinner. Let kids borrow my stove. Twice. They had fuel. Contacted all the family. Time now is 8:06pm. Almost time for bed. Cold and blowing all night. Tent caved in from all sides all night. High winds. Kids helped me pack up in the morning...very windy! No breakfast up here. 5 miles till White Pass. No track for this 5 miles (phone battery low). Took my time. Arrived at Trailhead at 10:55...right on time. Wonderful trip and beautiful despite all the smoke. An awesome experience. Next year...I'll shoot for over 100 miles in one hike. :)

walking
11 months ago

Mile 1-2 challenged my will on this trail. It's not very scenic. But, once you get passed that, it's a more scenic and decent slow uphill climb until you begin to ascend the pass. The meadows and pass area are beautiful. During our hike, the nearby forest fire somewhat limited our view. However the backside of the pass and on up to Edna was clear and worth every step.

a lot of up and down along this trail. We did it backwards but it was a great hike.

Extremely hard hike but all worth it at the end!

72 miles in 4 days!!!

backpacking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Great trail with beautiful views of mountains, waterfalls and wildlife. Be aware that there are rolling hills for about 8 miles, and then you climb a fairly easy ascent with switchbacks. Worth the trip, but nothing too difficult.

backpacking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Actually over 35km. Really nice hike, we saw WTA working and horses. Flys were kinda bad on the trail, but the hike was really easy until the last couple miles. Switch backs were really well done with minimal fallen trees.

Beautiful views though, and some of the cleanest water I've EVER seen. I got stung twice for the first time in 8 years. Definitely would do again soon.

backpacking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

I've done this trail a couple of times and totally love it. Nice and cool in the summer with constant access to the river. Pretty flat up until Nine Stream, but there's snow past there up until July.

backpacking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Great hike. It's 11 miles from the Pete lake trailhead into Spectacle Lake but not overly difficult because of minimal elevation gain compared to most of our hikes. We both had "heavy" packs on and did fine, but we are avid hikers/backpackers. A cold and swift Lemah creek water crossing and fallen trees blocking parts of the pct were the only obstacles but both doable and fun. Bugs were annoying and plentiful but expected. Go in with lots of bug spray and plan on using it frequently. Had minimal backpacking "neighbors" on our first night at the lake but they were coming in like hoards on night two. We definitely prefer less company but that's life and with a beautiful lake and amazing views... we were just happy to be outside enjoying the perfectly hot temps and blue skies.

It's a long hike and tends to be too popular for our taste but if you love high mountain lakes, do it.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Dank

backpacking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Long story short, my father took all 5 of us children on this trail, at least to the lake, to show us how awesome all the other mountains were. This mountain is awesome, the lake is beautiful, the trail kicked my butt as a 12 year old hiking in January. Part of the trail was washed out, and this was before the road below washed out, becoming the Dosewallips Road Trail (They haven't fixed it since so I didn't have those added miles on). Make sure that you are ready for a continual up hill hike, and give yourself plenty of time on it. I'm hoping to do this hike again some day, because it was the hike that taught me how wonderful all other mountains and hikes are, and I have not complained about going on a mountain climb or hike since. Great hike, just make sure you're ready ;)

hiking
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Biked/scrambled/hiked to Lake Constance back at the end of July with my brother and dad (63 yo mountain man going strong)
We cut time on the first few miles by taking our bikes; be careful traversing across the road washout with them in hand.
I loved the ascent to the lake. The mix of hiking/scrambling made it rather enjoyable despite minimal viewpoints. The old growth forest along the stream is gorgeous and refreshing. We also cut off to the right at one point where the trail became a bit confusing to follow - look for the red metal markers on the trees - and scrambled up under a waterfall. Gorgeous!
The descent was a killer on the knees and required watching your feet, a bit slick with the dry dirt and rock the last 1/3rd.
Biking back to the car was a win. Less than 15 min!

Go explore, find how Constance is for yourselves :)

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Great hike, awesome mountain views of Lemah, Chikamins, and three queens. Camping on the peninsula offers plentiful access to water and amazing views.

This was a 27 mile southbound hike of the PCT from White Pass, to the Snowgrass Trailhead in the Goat Rocks. It was 2.5 days and over the Labor Day weekend from 9-3-16 to 9-5-16. I was shuttled to and from both locations which made the point-to-point hike possible.

Day 1: White Pass to Lutz Lake
Day 2: Lutz Lake to Snowgrass Flats
Day 3. Snowgrass Flats to Snowgrass Trailhead #96.

9-3-16
I started hiking at 9:15am and stopped for a snack at Shoe Lake at around 1:30pm. I had 3 camping options, Shoe Lake, Hidden Springs and Tieton Pass. I found camping is restricted at Shoe Lake. I guess I didn’t do my research completely. However, it was too early in the day for that anyway. I tried hiking to Shoe Lake a couple years before but was stopped by snow and was glad to see the trail to Shoe Lake was clear.

I arrived at Hidden Springs, my second camping option shortly after leaving Shoe Lake, too early for camping so I skipped the .3 miles to check it out. Tieton Pass, was touted by hikers heading northbound as being open with camping but I found just the opposite. While being somewhat open, there is kind of a suitable flatter spot that could be used in a pinch if arriving at dusk or later. Since this wasn’t what I expected, I headed further south toward Lutz Lake hoping to find a spot.

I arrived at Lutz Lake, not one of my camping options, knowing from northbound hikers it was already crowded. I got there at 4:30pm to find a group of 4 with 3 tents setup and flat spots for two more tents. They offered me a spot next to them and I took it without hesitation. A section-hiker took the spot next to me. It was interesting and fun to share tent sites with 5 other people. I was fortunate to have this space. Lutz Lake is small and shallow and as near as I can tell a stagnant pool of water. It was hard to tell if it was flowing or not.

9-4-16
I left Lutz Lake at 8:35am the next morning but needed to get water at the lake. I clogged my Sawyer Mini and blew out the provided bladder at the neck trying to filter that water. I was able to get some water before the blowout and saw there were possible water options before The Knife which was my main concern, so I pressed on. There are more tent sites along the PCT after Lutz Lake within a mile of the lake. Good to know for next time

The accent from Lutz Lake to Elk Pass is a beautiful one indeed, especially hiking above timberline. I have never seen that side of the Goat Rock Wilderness and took many pictures. I found a water source halfway to Elk Pass and taped up my bladder well enough to fill my water reservoir. The meadows above that were breathtaking as were the views. You can’t go wrong.

Elk Pass was what I expected. Barren of tall vegetation, slightly windy and beautiful. It was clear there but you could tell the clouds were coming in and I was hoping The Knife would be clear. And it was for the most part. Wisps of clouds (fog really) were coming from west to east over The Knife but things were still visible. Around the 7000 ft. level the clouds came in thick and we were hiking The Knife in clouds (fog), white on both sides with nothing to see. The last 400 ft up to the junction of Old Snowy was one of the steepest sections I’ve hike in a while. Slow going but well worth it. As I was nearing the top and it was leveling out, there was a group of 6 hikers cooking lunch and having a wonderful time. I sat next to them and had a snack myself.

My camping destination was Snowgrass Flats and after lunch made my way in the fog down the PCT. The more I descended, the clearer it became and by the time I got to the junction of the PCT and Snowgrass trail #96, I removed all my warmer layers, took off my pant legs and found a tent site in warm sunny weather.

9-5-16
I woke up the next morning to frost on my tent fly since my tent was in the shade of large trees. The sun was out and I moved the tent and all my gear into the sun to thaw out. The morning was beautiful with warmer clear weather. A stark contrast to yesterday morning. I packed up and left by 10:20am to meet my ride at the trailhead at noon.

The weather for this hike as great, clouds and all. Being Labor Day Weekend, there was most likely more people than normal which made it fun. I have never hiked north of Old Snowy on the PCT and it was more beautiful than I hoped. I will do this hike again in a heartbeat but next time plan for 3-5 days…or more.

Washed out road was difficult to get over but we were able to make it in our high clearance vehicle. Probably would've hiked the extra miles if we had known that it would be that hard to get over the road.

We didn't use crampons, but they would've been extremely beneficial.

It was also hard to find the road to get there, so make sure you have good directions.

Saw a black bear, deer, goats, and birds!

It was spectacular and amazing!

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