Enjoyed the 8.5 mile hike yesterday. Still some ice on trail but otherwise a great hike!! Incredible view s and scenery.

20 days ago

JoRayne and I headed out at 9 a.m. encountered snow around 3k ft. Strapped the S-hoes on slogged away for the remainder of the trip which approximately 3-4 miles.

The snow pack was crusted over and would give way frequently so that factor really contributed to labor required to reach the top. We were the only ones to do so on shoea but a CC skier had made the journey sometime previously.

Of course the wind was whippin' on top but it was a clear day to enjoy the views. My GPS confirmed the 15.8 miles and the elevation gain stated above.

We returned to the truck around 5 p.m.; tired and jonezin for a food reward.

1 month ago

Amazing trail. Great views. Walked the shorter loop today. Trail is 90% iced over right now. Highly recommend spikes and trekking poles.

Love this Trail. If you want just a short Loop when you get to the bridge cross it and hike about a mile and a half along the creek. then where the trail forks take the trail to the left and follow the creek back on the other side. should take about an hour. approximately 5 miles round trip from the first parking lot. this part of the hike is easy not much elevation.

2 months ago

it was quite and peaceful. injoyed most of the hike. on the way down i cut over and finished liberty lake loop.

One of my favorite go to places. Easy access and well marked trails.
Love the ease into the challenge, Hike begins on a well groomed road then moves into forested scene including an ever present babbling brook.
Hike moves into the incline moving you up to the higher elevations this is the hard work, but so beautiful the effort is fully worth the climb.
Recent upgrades, new trail markers and newer alternate path ending the hike by the quiet babbling brook.

3 months ago

Go on the loop counterclockwise for an easier ascent. Great big easy trail (almost road).
Please clean up after yourself. Pack it in, pack it out. Out house near cabin & Liberty Creek falls.

3 months ago

Took my 5 year old on 2.5 miles of t. Did not make to the water falls - good trail will revisit.

Nice, well designed paths.

Today was my first solo hike and frankly I underestimated your guy's assessment of "moderate". I really forced myself out today because I am trying new things. (Can you tell I am freshly broken up?)
The first part of the walk to the trail head is nice. Not crowded but kind of peacefully populated. Very much a multi purpose park but nicely done. The first jaunt is charming. I noted that the "trail" was big enough I could have just drove my truck. I have a knack for negatives and it was a bit muggy but dusty... idk, really was not feeling it tho.
I came to an area under construction and got a bit turned around. This app was great for that! Finally back on course... or a mule trail... a steep one. Be forewarned that initial change is probably the worst of it... at least to the falls. But yeah, I was not expecting such a vertical climb. Doable for sure but I wouldn't take the younger kids really. I am sure some family's are skilled enough tho.
This is not a great view point hike. I haven't hiked a lot but I am gonna tell you now if you want stunning views... ehhh. 2 star maybe. Honestly, Do not expect anything that you didn't see in the pics on the app.
However, if you take out your head phones and just start to listen... it's so nice. You can hear the creek for most of the trek, several birds and chirpy bugs... you will see many things scurry about. I heard a cougar roar... it was a plane, but it actually did get remote enough that I had the "oh shit I am alone" feeling as you feel the temperature drop and the trees thicken. It's a rigorous climb.... at least it was for me. By the time you get to the waterfall you will literally sit your ass down on the bench and think "the hell?".
Stay for a minute. It grows on ya.
At this point I realized my phone was low and frantically started clearing apps and closed the map for the app. That paid version might actually be even more useful with download options (I am not even being paid to say that). I thought I would brave the back half on primal instinct. Took one look up at the continuing trail and accepted my reality lol. I am not that brave yet... but honestly, my mood had improved enough that the walk back was just as enjoyable.
Being my first solo trek... well... I have had a lot more disappointing firsts in my life. I kinda want to try to go the full loop and take more of the side trails so I am sure I will find my way back.

mountain biking
5 months ago

I've done the full loop many times and it's great. I'd say a good bit of traffic but not too much. It's a great trail and well maintained. If you bring a bike there's a good bike of walking past the Cedar Forest but the down hill on the way back its great!

the other reviews are pretty accurate except that even though there were others it wasn't crowded. the shade from the trees made it a nice temp but there were lots of mosquitos. seriously, I wasn't picking them off me constantly. the trail is well maintained but there aren't many signs along the way so it's hard to keep track of where you are at and how far is left. the pay booth has trail maps that they hand out, if you need them.

Great trail, very well groomed and easy to navigate. Only downside is there are very few places to get a picture of the valley and lake because the trail is mostly in the trees. Would definitely do it again!

Is trail still closed?

Trail closed

Wonderful trail. Very woodsy and shady for Eastern Washington, the kind of trail I like. Near a lake and a campground as well. Beautiful!

7 months ago

An absolutely beautiful hike. The beginning of the hike is relatively mild as you follow along side of the creek. It quickly elevates in difficulty after reaching the cedar tree rest spot and heads near vertical up the side of the mountain through a series of switch back trails.

Because the start of this hike begins in a County Park, there is a $2 per person admission fee, but considering... it's not all that steep.

I will return in the spring to see the falls at peak season. They were hardly flowing but still a beautiful hike

Great trail - any trees that previously had fallen across the path have since been removed.

Nice loop trail!

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