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    Corey Van Patten completed Heather Lake Trail

    25 days ago

    Corey Van Patten saved Blue Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Corey Van Patten completed Annette Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Corey Van Patten saved Gothic Basin Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Corey Van Patten saved Malachite Lake

    3 months ago

    Corey Van Patten reviewed Lake 22 Trail

    5 months ago

    Hiked on 1/14 in the AM. Arrived around 10:00am and the parking lot was packed (I'd imagine due to some sunshine in January and the holiday weekend). That said, the trail didn't ever feel too busy, which was great.

    It's a beautiful trail that follows a flowing stream (with numerous waterfalls) up the mountain. The trail is in pretty good shape, albeit a bit wet for most of the hike. You'll find a few good lookout points (overlooking the surround ranges) on the up. As other's have mentioned, there's a bit of snow towards the top, but with a decent pair of hiking boots you'll be fine (no crampons or spikes needed). The lake is beautiful at this time of the year - would absolutely recommend making the trek.

    Corey Van Patten completed Lake 22 Trail

    5 months ago

    Corey Van Patten reviewed Goose Rock Trail

    6 months ago

    Corey Van Patten completed Goose Rock Trail

    6 months ago

    Corey Van Patten completed Snow Lake Trail

    9 months ago

    Corey Van Patten reviewed Mount Pilchuck Trail

    9 months ago

    Hiked on 9/10 in the early PM. I really enjoyed this hike - it felt very unique/different to many of the others I've been on in WA. The trail is well maintained and there's a fantastic change in scenery as you ascend up the mountain (lush/green forests at the beginning and arid/rocky overlooks towards the top). It's not the easiest terrain to hike - requires good balance (and good knees) navigating the rocky pathway - but I didn't find the hike to be all too difficult. Even on a cloudy day, the views at the top were spectacular, and the fire-tower (and guitar in it) is an absolute treat.

    As other's have pointed out, the final stretch of road leading to the trailhead is in very rough shape. The last few miles are comprised of crushed stone/dirt and contains MEGA potholes throughout. You'll need to drive slowly, cautiously, and be ready to swerve to avoid potholes as they appear.

    I was shocked by the number of individuals hiking in flip-flops, converse, and other non-hiking footwear. It's tough terrain and I wouldn't recommend doing it in shoes lacking ankle support. Why risk getting hurt and why make the hike 2x as hard for yourself - it just doesn't seem smart to me!? I also don't think I'd recommend bringing dogs.

    Corey Van Patten completed Mount Pilchuck Trail

    10 months ago

    Corey Van Patten reviewed Hole-in-the-Wall Trail

    10 months ago

    Hiked on 8/27 in the AM. As other's have pointed out, tide is the key to a successful hike - make sure to monitor tide schedules! I was fortunate that low tide was earlier in the day, which meant that the parking lot was still fairly empty and traffic was minimal.

    Keep in mind that this is less of a trail and more of a "beach walk." It's a very peaceful and relaxing walk, as you'd imagine. Be sure to take in the beautiful views and sounds all around you - and keep an eye out for wildlife! The Hole-in-the-Wall was certainly a site to see and exciting to be able to walk through.

    Corey Van Patten reviewed Lake Angeles Trail

    10 months ago

    Hiked on 8/26 in the AM. The trail is well maintained and wasn't too buggy. From the trailhead, it's a pretty steady climb up. There are a few neat bridge crossings and it's interesting to see how the forest transforms as you work your way up. The lake is beautiful - I'd recommend following some of the trails that go around it.

    For a Saturday, the trail wasn't busy at all - we passed only 1 or 2 couples during our hike up. There's plenty of parking and no pass/permit was needed!

    Corey Van Patten saved Maple Pass Trail

    10 months ago

    Corey Van Patten followed Carly Wisnowski

    10 months ago

    Corey Van Patten completed Hole-in-the-Wall Trail

    10 months ago

    Corey Van Patten completed Lake Angeles Trail

    10 months ago

    Corey Van Patten reviewed Icicle Gorge Trail

    10 months ago

    Hiked on 8/13 in the AM. As others have pointed out, it's an easy hike (less of a hike and more of a "nature walk"). It's a nice way to see a little more of the beautiful Leavenworth area without heading on a big all-day expedition. I hiked this as a sort-of "weekend cool down" after completing a much bigger hike the prior day.

    The trail is well maintained and there's a lot to see - beautiful trees, plants, and access to the river. There are different informational signs throughout the walk that help describe bits and pieces of what surrounds you.

    If you're looking for a leisurely hike, desire to see a little more of the area, or have some extra time, definitely check this trail out!

    Corey Van Patten reviewed Colchuck Lake Trail

    10 months ago

    Hiked on 7/12, in the PM (starting right about noon). As others have pointed out, parking at the trailhead is very limited and always full. The earlier or later you start your hike, the better.

    It's a gorgeous (and challenging) hike with lots to offer - small waterfalls, river crossings, scenic overlooks, and don't forget, the jawdropping Colchuck Lake. I've completed ~12 different hikes this summer and found this to be the most challenging yet (took ~4 hours). If you're a beginner, you may want to plan an entire day to complete.

    I've seen a few comments saying that the trail gets very crowded/busy. I hiked on a Saturday and would disagree with those comments. Though parking was tough, I didn't have any problem with crowding during the hike (or at the lake). There are a few different trails here and the hikes are quite longer, so people can easily spread out.

    I reapplied bug spray a few times during the hike and therefore didn't have any problems with bugs.

    Corey Van Patten completed Icicle Gorge Trail

    10 months ago

    Corey Van Patten completed Colchuck Lake Trail

    10 months ago

    Corey Van Patten saved Longs Pass Trail

    10 months ago

    Corey Van Patten reviewed Glacier Vista Loop via Skyline Trail

    11 months ago

    Hiked on 7/30 in the AM. Fairly easy and enjoyable hike with spectacular views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding ranges (included distant views of Mount Hood and Mount St Helens). The loop trail starts (and ends) paved and transitions to hard-pack dirt about halfway through the hike. Towards the Glacier Vista Lookout there's still a bit of snow (including a small ~50 foot patch you'll have to hike over). There's about 1000 foot of elevation gain - and the climbing starts right away, so be ready for a bit of uphill! The hike can absolutely be done in good hiking/trail shoes.

    Overall, I'd argue that this hike gives you the most "bang-for-your-buck" (for an easier hike) at Paradise - lots of wildflowers, spectacular views of Mount Rainier and surrounding ranges, views of waterfalls, and a close up look at the glacier. If you're an inexperienced hiker or short on time, I'd recommend this hike!