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Steady climb to the top. Ground was frozen from about 4000’. Some ice along the way so micro spikes were good to have.

snowshoeing
8 days ago

Lots of snow once you leave the forest. Ended up putting on snow shoes. Turned around before descending into the meadow. To much snow, breaking trail most of the way and ran out of day light. Road is rough coming in so plan on an extra 1/2 hr just to dodge pot holes.

hiking
23 days ago

this was probably one of the hardest hikes i’ve done. it starts out flat for about a mile and then it’s just straight up the entire way. when you think you’re almost there you have about another mile to go. the basin was beautiful and gorgeous and while we were up there a person fell off the ledges of the hike and had to be airlifted out of there so i really suggest being careful when you’re up there! the hike kicked my butt but it was beautiful!

Beautiful hike, to say the least! Breathtaking almost the whole way, In one way or another.Kicked my butt though.

Hiked this trail on Saturday, October 20. We had beautiful, clear weather and could see everything, including Mt. Adams. Trail is in good condition. Steady, consistent elevation gain as we climbed. BRING PLENTY OF WATER to drink. There is no water up along this trail at this time. It starts off in the woods with a steady climb that is somewhat steep at times. After about 3 miles you come over a hill where you can see incredible views of Mt Rainier. Continue up and around some big rocky areas then back into some forest. The last mile to the top is tough but the views are awesome.

Such a great hike, but it’s more like 5.5 miles one way...total 11 miles when you’re done...there’s a great side trail where you can view Mt Rainier peak and it is captivating! Hard because of elevation gain so bring plenty of water...And invest in some good walking sticks to save your knees on the way down...great trail!!! Definitely one to do several times throughout the year to see all the color changes in the wildflowers! Loved it and felt accomplished when it was completed!

on Navaho Peak

1 month ago

Longer than 10.4 miles!
About 13.7 miles!!!

This is a lovely hike that is worth the views. I biked up the first 2.4 miles, decided it was safer for my skill level to hike the rest :). I saw 4 others who biked the whole trail, I would recommend it for fit, skilled riders. The usual dirt, rocks, roots and stream crossings (that didn’t get your feet wet at this time of year). It’s always fun to reach the PCT and see through-hikers about ready to finish that incredible journey.

Nice, easy hike to bring the dogs on. Easy to access. Gorgeous golden larches everywhere! .

An amazing hike, you will feel it in your legs. Lookout still under construction but should be done in a few more days.

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyable hike in perfect fall conditions. Started hiking around 10am with air temperature just above freezing so dress appropriately. The trail is in good condition but lacks any signage so be sure to follow the directions, particularly bearing to the right at the T. Arrived at the ridge around noon.

There are not much in the way of views on the trail to the pass but once you reach the ridge the views are magnificent. The trail to Navaho Peak is steep but well worth the extra effort, Rainier and Adams were both clearly visible.

Be aware, modern firearm hunting season is now open and there were hunters walking on the trail during my return. I wore my orange jacket and hat to ensure I was visible.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. The trail is consistent in regards to the slope and condition. The trail had maintenance done recently, clearing out the trenches for water etc. The lookout tower on top is still Under construction. The stairs are not yet secured in place. You can start seeing Rainer around mile 2 and then once you get to the top the view of Rainer is amazing. There is also a few camping spots on top along with a bathroom. Goin up isn’t too tough and the way down is pretty quick since the trail is in good condition.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. However, I was absolutely disgusted by how many blue plastic bags full of dog shit were left on the trail - I counted five on the way in.

Show some respect, people. Unbelievable.

backpacking
1 month ago

Absolutely awesome. This one definitely fits the bill for "hard" I think. I recommend planning an entire day here, or camp overnight at the top. Perfect balance of enjoying the forest but with a ton of scenery of the surrounding peaks throughout. Some of the parts, the trail isn't very visible but still easy to know where to go. I can't wait to do it again!

bugs have mostly died off! amazing area. the hike has a very steady incline... pretty easy on the knees

backpacking
2 months ago

A 50 lbs pack on this hike was a real leg burner but worth it. We camped 2 nights and 3 days. The downside is that we got stuck in a constant rain+wind storm for 2 days and couldn’t see more than 30 feet in front of us. The the views were of a gray cloud that we were stuck in. Upside, bears and bugs don’t like that weather so no run in’s, ha. I have an inReach Garmin and kept holding onto hope for Monday, our last morning, since the weather report kept updating at 0% chance rain. It did finally blow out and I’ll admit, seeing that happen was almost worth the storm. Once the sun finally pierced through the clouds, it was amazing. Then it took about an hour for the cloud cover to blow away and reveal why the North Cascades are my favorite. Photos don’t do it justice, you just have to come and see for yourself. Just don’t be a jerk, pack out what you pack in and no fires. The plant life up here is like a PNW rainforest. It’s gorgeous and there are also tons of wild blueberries around. We got to spend 3 hours exploring around which was great. We all had tent fever pretty bad and needed to stretch out minds and our legs. I’m just happy we were able to see the endless sea of Cascades before heading down. We were also stoked that we didn’t have to scramble down wet and muddy rocks. I will say that the scramble area is way longer than posted on here. It wasn’t constant but there were scrambles for the last mile. Some of them were so high that my full pack top touched what I was climbing. Trekking poles and hiking boots are a must, and not worn down hiking boots, you’ll need good outsoles. Also, the split from Barlow trail to Gothic Basin happens a little before what’s posted on here. The original trail is unsafe, looked like a tree fell through. They made a new trail to connect over, just follow the wooden sign that says “Gothic Basin” and ignore your preloaded maps. I use OnX, it lets you preload high resolution maps for offline use. They’re better than my Garmin maps. Definitely bring a bear canister or ursack. There was a warning sign saying they “strongly discouraged camping” at Barlow pass, which is the trail you begin on. Apparently it’s a bear hangout and the trial head where you park, bears have gotten into vehicles and aren’t easily scared off. So while Gothic Basin isn’t Barlow pass, they share the same parking and part of the trail and it’s still bear country. So be smart. Do your research and enjoy the view! It’s worth every bit of leg burn.

hiking
2 months ago

Only hiked to the part where the trail splits, about 3.5 miles in, so I can only speak for that part of the trail.

There aren’t any incredible views on the way up, but the sound of the creek is lovely and stays with you almost the whole time. There are a few places where you can stop by it and put your feet in the cold water. There were a few wildflowers still, but you can tell it must be absolutely stunning when it is peak wildflower season as there are fields of them all over lining the trail.

The issues with this hike on the day I went was that the trail was super dusty. If someone had been right behind me I would have been kicking up dust at them the whole time. There were also lots and lots of hornets/yellow-jackets/wasps that tried to bother me every time I took a rest. I did pass someone on the way down who had gotten stung by one only a few hundred yards into the trail. No other annoying bugs seemed to be around though!

Overall it was very pretty. It is not very steep, but the incline is constant which makes for a good workout if you keep up the pace. I hope to come back with enough time to reach the top someday!

2 months ago

Loved it!!

Trail ran this today. Similar to what the other reviewer said, biggest regret was not bringing a tent. The basin is pretty awesome. Hard to describe and pictures don’t do it justice. Hike was smoke free, bug free. Super steep at times so be prepared to have your legs burning. Kind of like Mt . Si but 3 miles longer. First 2 miles are flat and easily runnable. Hiking poles and hiking shoes are a must. Trust me. I post photos of my hiking adventures on instagram under “adventuringKR”. One final note, this hike is 30 miles from cell service so download some offline maps and get a lot of gas before you get there.

hiking
2 months ago

Only regret is not bringing our tent. Take your time, and bring hiking poles if you’re unsteady on your feet. Plan on hanging out in the basin for a while!

Very nice and extra hard trail however well worth the view all the way to the lake

backpacking
2 months ago

Definitely a challenging trail. but not so hard that it wasn't enjoyable. The views and waterfalls were great going up the trail. The basin has panoramic views no matter where you set up camp.

One of the more challenging hikes I have done. My only gripe is someone had their boom box on at the first lake and it was rap echoing across the hills. Ugh. A hike behind us asked them to use ear buds. Thank you!!

hiking
2 months ago

I did this hike last Saturday. Very strenuous and very very smoky. I don’t think this hike is worth doing until the smoke from the fires in Canada has cleared. Once they have I’m sure it would be a worth it to hike. Be prepared tho!! This hike was recorded for 14.5 miles.

backpacking
2 months ago

Perfect quick overnight trip. if your taking someone who is relatively fit on a first backpacking trip, this would be a great option.

backpacking
3 months ago

Went up to Gothic Basin this past weekend and is sad to report back that almost every single campsite had a fire pit in a location where fires are prohibited. We disassembled some of them but was frustrated and angry to see that people have no respect for these fragile places that we are so lucky to go and for LNT principles. Please educate yourself before heading out there and leave places better then when you found it.

backpacking
3 months ago

We did a one night backpacking trip into the meadows which was 5.5 miles in. We then set up camp and went to the peak which was another 1.5 mile or so. The hike up to the peak is tough, but worth the pain! We went to see the sunset at the peak and the pictures and view was incredible. Round trip for us 13.7 miles (a bit more than what this app says). Great trip!

backpacking
3 months ago

This trail absolutely destroyed my legs, went camping for 2 nights, Gorgeous scenery, but do not let the "light scrambles" confuse you. There were some parts where I should have hiked in a ladder. All in all the hike is beautiful but a very very strenuous all uphill/rock climbing hike

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, good views, and fun rugged terrain that will challenge you. Trekking poles recommended for anyone doing this trail, especially for inexperienced hikers. This trail is a bit longer than the posted 9 miles due to the 3/4 mile walk from the mountain loop road to the trailhead.

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