hiking
7 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

2.4 miles up the old trail and 4200ft elevation gain. its a doozy..And 4.8 miles down the new trail.

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Most brutal hike I've ever done. The old trail is a tedious 2.5 miles up 4000ft elevation. Experienced hikers only and do not attempt if you just had a leg day at the gym.

backpacking
13 days ago

Great hike just fallow the reflectors

Very ordinary hike through the woods for the first 3.5 miles, the last mile created some neat challenges. The top was nice, ran into some snow, left a picture in the mailbox , but unless you have nice weather (we didn’t) , not much of a payoff for a long hike. Will come back next year, to see if picture is still there and hopefully take in the view.

hiking
16 days ago

My friend and I did this a few weeks ago and after reading the reviews on here we thought it would be best to take the old trail up and the newer trail down. The old trail is about a 4000 ft elevation gain in 2.5 miles. Doesn't sound bad at first but in addition to it being extremely steep, the trail is not maintained at all which made it even more difficult than it already was. In addition, the trail markers are at times tricky to find. There's a sign at the bottom of the trail and actually warns you that this one is for more experienced hikers. We thought it would be easy considering we had previously done the Manitou Incline in Colorado Springs, a mile of about a 2000 feet elevation gain (6000 to 8000 feet). After what felt like a century, we finally connected with the newer trail and assumed we were almost to the top. A friendly hiker told us we had about 15 minutes to go. Feeling optimistic, we started making our way up on the next part of the trail which consisted of a bunch of rocks but with a clear path making it fairly easy. As we reached the top of the rocks, I looked at the view and realized how high we really were. I'm thinking we have to almost be there... but nope! You see the final part of the trail which was just all dirt and straight up. Many people on this hike had poles which would have been helpful for this part. My friend and I had to resort to using our hands and walking on all fours for the final descent. When we FINALLY reached the mailbox (which by the way was not 15 minutes according to that hiker, maybe more like 30-40 minutes) we were so relieved. The view is SPECTACULAR. You can see part of Seattle facing one way and on the other side you can see more mountains. It was a little cloudy that day making the visibility more difficult but still worth it. Definitely one of the hardest hikes I have ever done! Going down was also difficult too because of how steep that final part was. If you take the easy trail down, it will be very easy but extremely LONG! I had never been so happy to reach the car LOL! We ate at this delicious Mexican restaurant in North Bend called Rio Bravo which was absolutely delicious especially after a long day of hiking.

fuq you mailbox original trail. I love you. but fuq you.

hiking
25 days ago

Went up and down both on old trail. Trail is very easy to follow. Trail is not marked but if you flow the diamond signs on trees

Last part is a doozy

Got to the trailhead today really early and the gate to the parking lot was closed so we parked outside the gate no problem, at 6:15 there was only 3 other cars, we hiked up to the trailhead for the new trail because we heard it was longer but also easier on the knees for the descent, it starts off pretty gradual for quite a ways of what I would call meandering hiking meaning not to steep feeling , obviously the new trail was designed so more people could get to the top in that the trail for the most part is really wide and non technical, after climbing for about 5 miles we reached the first false summit which really is a rock field to the summit, pretty easy to follow the right path up because of the heavy use you can see the stones are discovered like following the yellow brick road, only up steeply, this is where it really changes to a formidable climb of calf burning fun up to the summit albeit short , about .06 to the top, the view at the top was well worth the grind for sure with 360' views. We didn't know it at the time but some of the people that were at the top with us were the Seahawk 12 group that was featured on Seahawk.com having hiked up almost every game rain or shine for the last 3-4 years, David Kush is the guy that started it so shout out to him. That's dedication to this Peak and the Seahawks