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    Meli C saved Chester Lake Trail

    3 months ago

    Meli C saved Sulfur Mountain Lookout

    3 months ago

    Meli C saved Drift Creek Falls Trail

    4 months ago

    Meli C saved Whispering Spruce Trail

    5 months ago

    Meli C saved Captain Cook Trail

    5 months ago

    Meli C saved Restless Waters Trail

    5 months ago

    Meli C saved Mobius Arch Loop Trail

    10 months ago

    Meli C added Track - Jul 29 04:06 PM

    11 months ago

    Meli C saved Mount Townsend Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Meli C completed Grand Park Trail past Lake Eleanor

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C added Lower Lake Lena Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail Summer Route

    over 1 year ago

    Did this on 12 October. Went with a friend and carried my 15 month old on my back in a frame carrier. Talk about a workout. I used trekking poles the entire way and am glad I had them. The trail was pretty difficult in my opinion. There wasn't a time that the trail became too difficult in terms of climbing or falling, it was just a long grueling, steep hike. It took about 2 hours to get to the summit! Again, I never felt at risk, it was just a tiring hike that was pretty physically demanding! Coming down wasn't bad at all, the only part I had any worries about was coming down through the rocks but there are rock steps everywhere, just some steps are taller than others! I do not plan to complete this hike anytime soon, and I especially don't want to carry an almost 40lb pack up there! My knees are still recovering! Give it a try, its worth it to do at least once.

    Meli C completed Mount Ellinor Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C added Track - Oct 12 02:57 PM

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C reviewed Munra Point via Gorge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    We did this hike on 8 Oct. and started at the Wachlella Falls area. We got to the trail at about 9:30 am and the parking lots for the falls was full so we wound up parking on the shoulder at the off ramp. We walked the little bike trail on the right hand side as you are going to the falls until we seen a little dirt trail going off the pavement marked Gorge trail 400. We walked this easy trail (a couple switch backs at start) for a little more than a mile and took an unmarked trail from there on the left hand side (we came across three parties that missed this turn off). This trail came to a T not long after and we took a left turn once again. From this left turn began the climb upwards. Other reviewers have said you will be grabbing tree roots and rocks to help you upwards, and that is no understatement. The trail splits quite a few times on the way up, but they all merge back together. Keeping to the right going up keeps you in the easier paths, trails on the left tend to be "shortcuts". Save yourself the energy and take the right. The trail has loose rocks everywhere so if you are traveling with others, make sure to give each other distance for those falling rocks! I had some serious doubts for myself on completing this trail because of the scrambles and the exposure. I'm proud to say I completed it. It was definitely a challenge but doable. The final push to the ridge from the chimney was the most challenging of the climbs but was still not overly complicated..just stay low (hips down) and make sure you have good feet and hand holds! There was no rope to assist here. The ridge was beautiful for sure and worth the effort to get up to. Time came to turn around which was more difficult in my opinion than going up, especially the chimney...be confident in your hands and feet and dont freak out if this is your biggest fear (like it was for me). In hindsight, that was the most challenging part and it is mostly mental...just have good hands and feet. We used our trekking poles after the chimney on the way down and still we're slipping and sliding all down the trail. The rocks were slick from the past rain and our boots had a good amount of mud packed in..either way we came down in one piece! If you have a fear like I do, go out there and challenge yourself. Don't let the reviews scare you away, try it for yourself and know your limits.

    Meli C added Track - Oct 08 01:52 PM

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C saved Rampart Ridge Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C saved Naches Peak Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C saved Skyscraper Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C saved Glacier Basin Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C saved Summit Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C saved Cedar Butte Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C saved Baker River Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C saved Lower Lena Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C saved Copper Creek Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C saved Sequalitchew Creek Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C saved Maple Pass Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C saved Hidden Lake Lookout Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C added Track - Sep 26 02:24 PM

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C added Track - Sep 24 04:22 PM

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C added Track - Sep 22 01:56 PM

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C saved Blue Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Meli C saved Lookout Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Meli C saved Spoon Creek Falls Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Meli C reviewed Grand Park Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    I really wanted to like this hike but it is far from my favorite. Looking back at the hike, we will probably not return for another season. Starting with the drive from FR 73, it is a winding, gravel road upwards and is in pretty good condition...some good sized potholes to watch out for. Parking is like other reviews say after you cross Eleanor creek on the right side, a small space for a handful of cars but overflow parks on the side of the row upwards of the lot. The lot was full when we arrived at 10am on a nice Saturday. We parked on the side of the road, maybe the 12th car parked. The trailhead begins going back across the creek and is on the opposite said of the parking. The trail is slightly overgrown and muddy in some parts. Has lots of bugs! Me and my husband both got stung, at the SAME time! So watch out for that. The first meadow arrived after about 1.5 miles or so. It was fairly short and back into the forest for a good haul upwards...it was not difficult, just one of those hills where you have to put your head down and grind it out. I feel like most of the hike took place in this second wooded area. Then you come out in the second meadow which is beautiful! Beautiful views of rainier and her glaciers. It really was a great view I have not seen of her in such close proximity. You can see Mt. Fremont Lookout up on the ridge to the left as you are walking towards Rainier. It was good while it lasted but then turned back to go home. Quite a few people we passed on the way back. The side road parking increased significantly while we were out. For such an out of the way trail, it was pretty popular in my opinion.

    Meli C completed Grand Park Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Meli C added Track - Sep 10 07:47 PM

    almost 2 years ago

    Meli C reviewed Spray Falls Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Did this hike today for Labor Day with my husband, 10 year old and 13 month old in tow. The drive up to Mowhich lake is 11-12 miles on a winding gravel road. The road does have some potholes but is in relatively good condition! Got to the parking lot at the lake at around 10am and there was quite a few cars in the lot but was able to park near the boat launch, about 100 yards from the trail head. When we left at 2pm, parking was down the road along the sides. The trail is in great condition. There are tree roots galore but just watch where you step and you will be fine. Hiking poles help but aren't necessary. Made it to the sign where it points to spray park .8 miles and falls view .1 I think. Our intention was to go to the waterfalls and turn around. We wound up taking the trail up to spray park thinking it would take us to where we could go up near the waterfall but instead we wound up 1.5 miles past the falls in the meadows. It was beautiful and peaceful up there, even seen a few bears foraging in the distance! Asked a ranger where we went wrong and he kindly informed us we should've stayed straight! So for those of you trying to go to the falls and only the falls-go to the falls view (take the right fork) and cross the log bridge! We wound up backtracking and made our way to the falls view. There was one party leaving as we came to the view point but couldn't really get the full picture of the falls with the brush obstructing our view. This is where the water crossing comes into play. In order to get a full, unobstructed view, you must cross the stream. While we were able to cross the stream, I would not advise others to do it with small children or those that are not so sure-footed. We made our way up the rocky climb to get to the falls and it was just beyond amazing. Definitely makes for one of my favorite waterfalls/scenery of all time. Would love to do it again, especially in warmer weather...the waterfall most would be welcomed.

    Meli C completed Spray Park Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Meli C added Track - Sep 05 02:25 PM

    almost 2 years ago