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Good hike all all around. No snow at the lakes. Strongly recommend waterproof shoes/boots as there is standing/moving water on much of the trail and several stream crossings. Maybe due to being a Monday but great spot if you want isolation, didnt see another soul all day. Last 0.75 miles to the lakes is a gut buster climb but worth it. a decent amount of rocks throughout the trail, not recommended for kiddos.

My husband, me, and our three dogs did this hike on a Wednesday morning, and we did not see a single other person on the access road or trail. The access road was clear but beware of the rim-ripping potholes where the pavement ends, and minimal parking/no bathroom at the Walt Bailey trailhead. The hike up was beautiful but the elevation gain was all upfront and then the trail went up and down until you get to the lakes. There's a garbage and honey bucket when the trail branches off to the lakes, and at that point the trails are anyone's game. There is a network of trails between the lakes and camping areas, and the lake had a layer of ice on most of it, but there was minimal snow. I left my husband and dogs at Cutthroat Lakes while they fished and I went to summit Bald Mountain. BEWARE there is no signage or established trail (that I found) past the second lake so EXPERIENCED HIKERS only as it does get quite treacherous past the second lake. The summit was beautiful and the view of Sparta Lake was phenomenal, but I went up via game trials and marked my way with green athletic wrap (I tried to collect it on the way down but I may of missed some, please ignore). I summited and made it back to the lakes in about 1.5 hours, and we headed down. I totaled about 8.5 miles in hiking with the summit. Dogs and husband did great but I would not take (either) up past Cutthroat Lakes unless they can scramble and keep their cool on dead drop offs and ledges. Have fun!

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8 days ago

Love this hike. So much in such short mileage. The app quit working on me which I was not happy about. Not reliable. Aways bring a map.

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10 days ago

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11 days ago

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11 days ago

The road to the trailhead has no ice/snow on November 10th (and the potholes aren't too bad). The trail itself is pretty awesome! It is somewhat muddy all around and on the last 1/3 towards the top there is a lot of snow and ice, so microspikes or poles are recommended - I did fine with poles only (I'd say snowshoes are overkill today, but that might change quickly). The river crossings are no issue at the moment, and the fact that the bridge has been removed made no difference. Breathtaking views of Baker and the Twins! Cannot recommend this hike enough, just make sure you are prepared for the weather as things change quickly in the Cascades, and have the proper equipment!

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12 days ago

Stunning hike. Made it to the top, but you will need microspikes as there are a few icy areas. Depending on weather, maybe even snow shoes now. Also near the top of the pass there was a slide, so part of the trail is covered, so you do need to be able to route find. It was raining a bit so there was some cloud cover, so we need to go back on a bluebird day. But we had the whole trail to ourselves and most of the trail is still very easy to find. Saw some mountain goat prints.. but no mountain goats :( . A stunning hike! This one will make you sweat.

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16 days ago

We had heard that biking on the maintenance road shortens the 4 miles to the town site. However, the road has a lot of steep parts and lots of big rocks. We were constantly getting off and on our bikes - wishing we had a proper trail bike and hoping we weren’t going to pop a tire. Once the maintenance road joins the trail that went along the west side of the river from Barlow Pass the road became flatter and had less rocks. We hiked about a mile on the Glacier Basin trail - till we could see the big waterfall on the left. No snow on the trail or the road. It was sunny but cool, great views of the peaks all around us. Funny exploring the town site - great signage on the history of the town.

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16 days ago

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19 days ago

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24 days ago

Beautiful day to hike up to Monte Cristo. I don't have much to add about the hike itself as what other members say is accurate, I only want to give better directions for getting across the river. Look for the outhouse and take the trail PAST the outhouse, not the trail before the outhouse, and down to the river crossing that way. If you take the trail as I described than you will cross the river on a large log with steps hatched out for footholds rather than stone stepping and risking wet feet. I hope this is helpful! Enjoy!

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24 days ago

Great hike, mostly covered in thin snow until the ridge line, where you can just make out the trail but snow was ankle to knee depth. Great views on a clear day. Managed ok in just hiking boots. The road in had potholes but they were fine if you take it slow. We stopped just shy of the car park and walked the last bit as the road was icy (didn’t have chains for our tyres)

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25 days ago

Went on this one on a quiet weekday, didn’t see another human for hours! The Forest was eerily quiet for a large part of the hike, which makes me think there are large predators (bear/cougar) in the area but I didn’t see any animals.

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26 days ago

If you don’t mind getting wet, this trail can be easily lost. Just cross the river and follow the wide carved out path.

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