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    The trail is in great condition, no snow at all to the ledge. It was very crowded though. Many people had parked their cars on the street. It took us 2 hours to hike to the Ledge and down.

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    29 days ago

    Mid winter day hike. Parking was available and there were some snow in the parking lot. I had too drive carefully. The trail had snow and it was a bit slippery/slushy. We had micro-spikes and it helped a lot. However many people were hiking without micro-spikes and they were Ok.
    The scenery was amazing and gorgeous. The view from the top, in the snow, was fabulous.

    hiking
    1 month ago

    This is a popular moderate trail. We arrived to the trailhead at around 10:15 and the parking lot was really full and we had to park at the picnic area across mountain loop highway which was 2 minutes away from the parking lot.
    It was a nice day and the hike was really fun. The trail was snow free but there were two fallen trees which we could go around/under. Water proof shoes were useful. We arrived to the lake at around 11:30 and the lake was frozen. Many people were walking over the lake. The rocks around the lake were really slippery. We didn't go all the way around the lake and my AllTrails recording says, 5.6 mi round trip with 1404 ft elevation gain. It took us 3 hours total to do the hike.

    hiking
    4 months ago

    We really enjoyed hiking this trail in such a beautiful and sunny day in Fall. Fabulous view at the top. The sky completely clear and sunny. Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, and Glacier peak were clearly visible. Lake Elan, Lake Copper and Spada lake were also easily visible. Lake Elan was looking very white (like a lake of milk) due to ice and snow reflection. It was a great view.
    The driving was fine, there were a few potholes, but any car can make it. I had a sedan and it was fine. Parking is small, but the trail is not crowded, and we didn’t have problem finding parking.
    The trail is starting among the woods and we crossed 3 streams. Then it becomes rocky. Last 1.7 miles were snowy/icy and very steep. Having micro-spikes help a lot. It was really slippery.
    My AllTrails recording measured 7.6 miles round-trip and 4170 ft elevation gain.

    hiking
    4 months ago

    This hike is nice and beautiful. It’s an easy hike up and a great place. Unlike Mount Si and Mailbox Peak Trail, this trail is not crowded at all. The view at top is gorgeous.

    Trail condition is pretty good. There is a creek crossing that’s not bad at all. The upper 1.5 miles has a thin layer of snow (about 1”) but no microspikes are needed.

    Parking usually is not a problem at this hike because it is less crowded.

    My AllTrails recording says 8.2 mi round trip and 3287 ft elevation gain. It took us 3 hours and 45 minutes to do the whole hike up and down.

    hiking
    4 months ago

    Absolutely stunning. We did this hike in a day that was supposed to be rainy but for the most part there were no rain. The trail was very beautiful, it was among these trees, mosses, fallen leaves and ferns. It was one of the most beautiful trails I've seen in Washington.
    The hike is super moderate and the gain is very gradual. We did the loop, taking the Upper Elliot trail hiking up and Lower Elliot trail hiking down. My AllTrails app says 11.4 miles total. We walked around the lake too.
    At this time of year, there were many waterfalls on the way up and also around the lake itself. All were really gorgeous. I should also mention, we took highway 530 and the tree colors were really beautiful.

    hiking
    4 months ago

    I started the hike at the trailhead at 8:45 AM and the first 4.2 miles of the trail was pretty maintained until I got to the Melakwa Lake. The second part of the trail, though, is not as maintained and having a GPS or previously downloaded map would help a lot. The hike is steep until you get to the first fake summit. After that, there is descent which seemed to be the toughest part of the trail. It was steep and there were some frost. I joined two other friends just before starting descending down from the first summit. The last part is still steep but was easier than we thought. We finally got to the Kaleetan Peak where we had to scramble on the rocks but they looked like stairs. The weather was sunny with a clear view. The top was windy though. The view is stunning. Mt Baker, Mt Stuart, Peak of Mt Adams and Mt Rainier were visible. Also, a series of more than 10 lakes are visible in the surroundings. My AllTrails recording said 11.9 mi round trip with 4948 ft elevation gain.

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