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hiking
5 days ago

Still has A LOT of snow. Most people turned around after a quarter of a mile due to not knowing where the trail was and having to get wet to cross creeks. If you have a map or GPS on your phone you can stay on trail. I was able to follow the trail by using this app. The 5% of people that did decided to continue only made it to the base of the summit. A lot of snow and ice to summit so be prepared! I was able to summit with hiking poles, spikes and being careful. The summit overlooks the lake but it is still 100% snow covered. Based on footprints it looked like no one has gone down to the lake. From there I turned around and slid on my butt down to the base. Beautiful scenery and I would so it again in late July when the snow is gone.

Once I veered off the Rachel Lake trail, it turned into a pretty secluded hike, I didn't see anyone rest of the trip. The path up to Hibox was pretty difficult to follow. At one point, I followed the wrong boot path, which led me up a chute, and ultimately to a dead end. I was pretty confident on where I was in relation to the trail, so I took a chance and climbed over a ridge, which led me back to the trail. From there the path was easy to follow. Overall, Hibox was a decent hike, I'll probably do it again in the distant future.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful hike!

The hike between Snow Lake and Gem Lake is incredible! We hiked in late August and the blueberries were an awesome bonus - fields of them!

There is a nice "lunch" not too far from that top that has the most beautiful clear views of nearby mountains and Mt Rainier. The last 1/3 is really difficult but completely worth it. A few places are a bit tricky going down and there's a few water spots to watch but overall one of my favorite hikes.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike was not hard at all. It can be rated as easy for the avid hiker.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, great work out, amazing view and lake. Only downside would be how crowded it was.

hiking
1 month ago

This is the best hike for solitude while at the same time it has an easily-followed trail. It has its downsides- the road to get there is awful and the first bit of the trail is made up of largish river rocks, but the upsides outweigh those considerably.

The top of the mountain gives you a VERY open, 360-degree space where you can see every mountain everywhere. It's gorgeous up there and I cannot wait to go back!

2 months ago

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Went this past Saturday. There was no snow lake trail. Followed snowshoe trail from parking lot to waterfalls; they were all covered in snow. Couldn't get to snow lake trail. The route was covered in snow which I'd have to navigate solo. The avalanche risk was high, I had no beacon and my wife was going to chew my hiney for going solo so I figured it best to head back and hike another day. Did climb a small hill and headed to a clearing which turned out to be a meadow below a beautiful face. Too dicey to try alone but perhaps later in the season with some trail buddies. A day in the wilderness is a day to cherish even when the goal remains elusive.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

snowshoeing
2 months ago

snowshoeing
2 months ago