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Decent challenge on the way up, but the trail is in really good condition until you hit the shale. What a view at the top!. The walk around the lake is awesome, and flat enough for almost anyone to get out and enjoy. The only tough part for some are the steps at the end.

If you fancy camping here, there are 5-6 developed camps at the top with tables, fire pits, and (the most decent smelling around) outhouse. $15/night for spots, $5/day for parking.

Would love to bring my mtn bike here!

Boring. You just walk into the wood inside the cloud of mosquitoes.

Did a lollipop route via Wahtum Express -> PCT -> Herman Creek Trail to Tomlike Mtn, then returned on the Anthill trail. Was surprised to see snow still lingering (guess I shouldn't be), but only on Herman Creek Trail & the start of Anthill. Easy to tackle though, maybe a week or so of warm weather till it's all gone. Kinda muddy and water-logged in places as a result. A few blowdowns on Herman Creek too, nothing crazy.

The path up Tomlike is not an official trail and is unsigned. The turnoff is about a 100 ft east of the Anthill junction, on a switchback. I heard it's a scramble/bushwack type of deal, but that's only partially true - there are clear boot paths you can follow. A few times the way is obscured by brush or when it crosses bare rock - I had a few "ok, now what?" moments - but with a little effort could always re-find the trail. It's on a ridge that narrows, so pretty hard to mess up. I had no off-trail experience and did ok, but maybe not a good hike for your first time out.

There are 2 tricky parts: about 1/4 way through if you follow the same use-trail I did (which mostly hugs the right/East-side of the ridge at first) you'll see a hill of rocks and it's unclear whether you should go up or around. The solution was to just go straight up it. Cairns are supposed to mark the way, but didn't really see any; I added one to help.

About 2/3 way through you'll hit a much more massive jumble of rocks (slate?)... Again, the goal is just get to the top best you can. Luckily the rocks have pretty good traction. If you squint you can make out flattened paths people have used. The middle way seems best (as opposed to the far right or left sides) - you can't skirt around it, from what I could see. I tried on the way back and really tired myself out getting back on track.

As for the destination itself? Even though Chinidere Mtn is taller, Tomlike is more scenic imho. Wildflowers, perfect views of Hood, St Helens, Adams (& distant Goat Rocks), and even Rainier poking out. Majestic af. Windy. Plus the solitude - on a Saturday afternoon 4th of July weekend with the Wahtum lot packed, had the whole place to myself. Anthill Trail on the way back was also lonesome - and had neat view looking down Wahtum Lake plus more Hood (w/Mt Jeff as a bonus), some glimpses of the eastern Gorge area. Am I breaking some sort of hiker's code talking about this? It's much too good for me to be the only one there.

hiking
3 months ago

Trail is mostly snow free but very wet and muddy. Some signs are down or missing. Multiple trails in the area make it easy to get disoriented. Trail near summit is blocked by downed trees but new a trail through the talus is forming. The view from the summit was incredible as always. Still a personal favorite.

The road to rainy lake campground is rough, but manageable if you're determined. We were able to hike a good portion of the loop but snow obstructed our way to the top of Green Point Mountain. This trail would be better attempted in July, once the snow has melted. But beware the mosquitoes and wet trail! The views and wildlife were worth the trouble, in our opinion.

Beautiful but still all snow (everal inches in spots) as of memorial day weekend. not many campsites available of you were hoping to camp like we were

hiking
Tuesday, November 10, 2015