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Closed because of a forest fire

6 days ago

Loved this hike. Our gps said 6.9 miles. Pretty easy but enough to keep it interesting and keep you puffing a little if you move at a good pace. Loved the shaded forest, pretty bridges and views. Then the top is gorgeous! We swam in the lake after lunch and had a blast. Loved it! Highly recommend for beginners.

It’s a nice lake to end up at, but compared to Mt Ellinor and Staircase, it’s not quite as scenic. the actual hiking seemed like a B-level of mt ellinor which has much better views.

Solid leg burner hike. Went left instead of right, climbed 1200ft in two miles. The descent was just as good. All with my 11th month old on my back in the Osprey. The creeks are beautiful and there are plenty of benches along the way to stop and rest.

14 days ago

nice hike, go early in the morning, parking is limited on the weekend's.

Did this hike with my 4 month old in a pack:) hubby had our 3.5 year old also but she hiked alone for half of it! Very do-able even with little ones! The steep parts definitely made my legs burn but it was moderate!! Would recommend

This was closer to 8 miles by the time we got back to our car. Moderate (& maybe easy) for experienced hikers or fit folks. but for this chubby hiker, it was hard. It took 3 hours up, and 1 hr 45 mins down. Lots of small breaks. i would do it again after more experience. Some confusion toward the end of the trail, and we ended up off trail (i think its the old trail) down to the lake. Lots of horse flies down by the water. Very trafficked trail, & lots of dogs. Most were leashed, but not all. Narrow trail, up hill (switch backs) almost completely to the lake. Don't forget to purchase a parking pass (at trail head.) The Washington state parks pass doesnt work.

July 12, 2018. Beautiful morning. Cool on hike up all in lovely forest but very warm hiking down from Lower Lena Lake. No bugs!! Moderate difficulty for senior hikers 75+

What I expected in the Pacific NW!

Well maintained - well marked. Lots of benches along the trail. Beautiful scenic views of the creek.

27 days ago

Beautiful trail with lots of variety, flowers in boom, and wildlife (the pikas were out in the first rock field). Instead of a long climb up to a peak then coming back down, this trail has several shorter climbs and descents broken up by meadow crossings and goes in and out of the woods (and shade). The scramble up to the upper flank of Brown Peak is very worth the effort, as there are great views. On the way in, we saw only three backpackers heading out, and saw only ~ 10 groups on the way out, which is vastly different from the hoards just up the road at Sunrise.
When we entered the park at 07:15 there were only a couple of cars ahead of us at the entry point (not yet staffed), but when we departed the park, there was a very long line of cars that looked like an ~ 2-hour wait.

I will definitely do this hike again! Wooded the whole way without views until you get to the lake. The view there is amazing! Great hike.

trail running
30 days ago

Loved this trail. I think taking it clockwise (turn left to start) is definitely the better choice. You can get a solid workout in for the first 2.1 Miles and then enjoy climbing along rocks and downed trees over several beautiful creeks on the way down. Recommend. Loved it.

1 month ago

Pretty fun, simple trail to do in our spare time.

Beautiful day, surprisingly uphill hike! Great views along the way. Flowers were dying off for the most part. I liked how narrow the trail was. Few bugs, no critters sighted. We saw only 2 other hikers all day. We had a 9 year old and two 7 year olds and with many snack breaks we made it up the first trail, the second trail, and across the road to the third trail. We climbed that for a while and after more snacks, headed back down. Those kids were awesome! Lots of sliding on the way down, wear your grippy shoes. I bet those kids fell asleep pretty fast tonight.⛰

Such a great hike. There is one hill that’s a bit of a beast, depending on which way you go. Great challenge for beginning to intermediate. My Blue Heeler loves it.

kicked my butt.

Fabulous hike. Ever steps was worth it. The scenic views were spectacular!

Hiked this yesterday, on Fourth of July. Great trail along the river with beautiful waterfalls in a wooded setting. Perfect for hiking on a warm, sunny day if you want lots of shade and coolness from the water. Highly recommend. :)

It's amazing and perfect! :)

Great hike! Well-maintained trail with a rewarding view of Lena Lake at the top.

Hiked here today. Gorgeous weather and almost no one else on the trail. If you go to the left at the trailhead, you get the uphill stuff out of the way. It is uphill for several miles. A few places to access the creek. There are also lots of little bridges to cross. Probably considered moderate by most standards. My GPS said it was 6.3 miles and 1,289 ft of elevation gain.

Good hike, nothing too special. Some very cool bridges.

We did this one first thing in the morning before doing Mt. Elinor. It was beautiful and not too hard (definitely moderate), and we almost had the trail to ourselves.
I’d recommend going left on the loop when starting, that way you get the climbing out of the way and you’re treated to several beautiful creeks on the way down.

It was a great day for a hike. The weather was nice and just right for hiking - 60s.
It is best to go early. As we were going back down we met a lot of hikers and many dogs.
All of the dogs were on leashes and well-behaved. We took our 3 dogs and they did great.

Perfect. Even jumped in the water. Lots of people but it’s worth it

Great hike and beautiful lake.

Nice, easy hike. The trail is very wide in spots. Some parts of the trail are in very bad condition. A bridge near Narada Falls is bent toward the water. I didn't know if it was safe for crossing, but I did it anyway. Carter Falls and Madcap Falls are beautiful sights along the way. The hike was bug-free and there was no snow on the trail, just two patches to the side.

Such a beautiful hike! My dog and I love it and as soon as you get to the top you can see everything! Since I’m from the area my dog and I do it about once a week. Sometimes during sunrises or sunsets but it’s great no matter the time of day.

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