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The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington is a National Forest extending more than 140 miles along the western slopes of the Cascade Range from the Canada–US border to the northern boundary of Mount Rainier National Park.

20 hours ago

Did it on Wednesday afternoon. Met a few people on the way to Mason lake but once the trail broke off and I took the Bandera route there wasn’t a single route. That last mile is a straight-up climbing so
you better be prepared for that. When I reached the top, there wasn’t a single other soul. I had the entire mountain to myself and my only companions were the squirrels and 2 hawks that were enjoying the day. I just sat there for almost 40 minutes before heading back to the lake and no one disturbed me. Perfect!

Absolutely love this hike. No idea why it’s rated as hard though. Unless you are doing the adjoining hike to Bander mountain as well, this is a very moderate hike. I did both - climbed Bandera and then hiked down to the lake on a Wednesday afternoon and it was absolutely gorgeous. I didn’t have a single soul to share the views with in Bandera and even by the lake there was hardly anyone else. Do this on a weekday and your experience will be richer.

Great hike but be warned there's tons of mosquitos-just bring bug spray and you'll be fine. The waterfall and view of Mt. Rainer was well worth the hike which was flat until you reached the incline to the waterfall (maybe a mile of moderate climb). Once at the American River you can 1) forge through the river ( max 4' deep) or follow the river down about 100 yards to cross the at a log jam. Our dog did this great!

hardest hike I've done in a long time. although my kids made it. Its not a kid friendly hike.

Lake was beautiful. Still a lot of snow near mirror lake that makes footing a bit sketch but the view near the camping area makes it all worth it. Not a ton of parking so get there early.

Beautiful, easy hike, with direct access to the waterfall. Made many stops along the trail and it only took two hours.

Loved it! Went on a hot Sunday and got roasted, but it was very quiet and peaceful. The contrast between the burnt forest and new life is wonderful, and the summit is well worth the trek

Nice hike!! Go early not very many spots to access lake.. lots of people even for a Monday. Hiked 6/19/18

Great family hike for young children.Beautiful scenery.Well maintained trail.

I just hiked this on Sunday, and the views along the way were breathtaking. The lake was calm and serene and I was able to find a great spot to rest for lunch. Almost the entire way back was downhill, so I was able to focus less on the exercise aspect and soak in the beauty.

Went 6/19/18. Lovely hike, gets very rocky though. The view is beautiful and even got to dip in the lake. So worth it!

Definitely has a fantastic view at the top. I wasn’t expecting that much snow to be at the top, which caused me to have to hike up the rocks that are alongside the snow since I didn’t have snow shoes. The last portion of the trail proved hard to find, so I just made my own path. Be very careful if you do climb up the rocks because some are wobbly and are just overall hard to climb up.

It was a fantastic hike. The uphill trek can be a grind. But the view at the lake is well worth it. It is a bit overgrown towards the entrance of the lake. The many small creeks you pass/step over definitely breaks up the hike as well.

Great family friendly hike. I brought my two year old and he had a blast. Had to keep him away from the edge on some parts but overall easy short hike with lots to see!!!

To begin, this trail is actually around 11 miles, not 8.1 so plan on a longer hike. My friends and I hiked this trail 6/18/18 and there was a significant amount of snow at the peak and the last 1/4th of the trail. I would highly recommend bringing ice spikes or trekking poles if you have them. Additionally, towards the last portion of the hike, the trail becomes obscured due to excessive snow and fallen trees. The only way my friends and I made it to the top was due to trail blazing while using a recorded version of the hike from this app. It definitely makes for an adventure! We started the trail at 8:00 AM and made it back down to the parking lot by 3:00 PM (we did stop a few times to take pictures and eat at the top). This probably had to be the most beautiful hike I have been on though to say the least. The lake is amazing, but to me it looks quite similar to Lake 22 or Heather Lake, which are much easier and shorter hikes. Enjoy!

The trail was great, little muddy in spots being repaired. But the lakes were beautiful!

I hike this trail every year. Great views and wild flowers for probably the top 1/3 of the trail. Epic 360 views from the top!

Easy, lake, great view on the way

2 days ago

6/16/18: Now in my top 5 favorite hikes! Incredible views, moderate difficulty, and a mix of summer/winter conditions. There's snow for the last mile, but it's packed down enough that you don't need spikes/snowshoes. Sunny and shaded sections, and a great boulder area at the top to sit and enjoy 360 views. Glacier Peak was beautiful and you can even see Baker in the distance. Odd bonus: the outhouse at the trailhead was the best smelling ones I've ever been in. What people say about the bumpy NF road is true, but we saw a Prius make it up there so... enjoy! It's worth every pothole and step.

2 days ago

Easy trail and easy hike for all ages. It was packed and parking was a slight issue but otherwise a great hike.

3 days ago

The trail is in good shape despite the erosion from snowmelt. there are large, easily traversed patches of snowstarting around 4500 feet. after the meadow/pond at ~4800, there is an 8 foot deep wall of snow that caps the mountain and obscures the rest of the trail. it's passable by getting to the top of it, but its depth made me wary of footing and I chose not to continue past it.

That last leg is always a punisher! Fun bouldering section near the top. Passed a lot of people not fully prepared for the last incline. Not an easy climb! No snow but bugs are out.

Push it out and get some incredible views!

Really nice hike! It does get a bit rocky but you just need to pay attention to your steps. Gets pretty muddy towards the top, guessing from recently melted snow. The lake is beautiful! I wish there were better options for sitting and enjoying the lake but that's just how it goes when you hike. I'd definitely recommend this one.

Favorite hike of all time! I went twice this week! Last 3 miles basically have 260 views the whole way up amazing.

3 days ago

This was a great hike. The only downside was the road to the hike. It was really rocky and if we didn't have a SUV we probably would have scratched the underside. The lake is still frozen with slushy snow that last little bit. My 6 y.o. daughter had a lot of fun but was tired. We would definitely do it again.

Lovely hike! Beautiful lakes, the trail is shaded, the portion to Talapus was well maintained, the part to Olallie wasn’t as well marked and was a bit washed out at some sections, no snow on trail.

So much snow. The trail is clear up to the lake. Past the lake it’s impassible because of the snow. Caution advised for the day hikers

beautiful lake

Hike to Bridal Veil falls was relatively easy and a great view. Lake Serene was very difficult. Lots of climbing and switchbacks. Definitely a big hike but well worth it.

Definitely want to go again already and I was just there an hour ago! I’m bringing a float next time. Too bad there wasn’t really a beach to it, just little spots for 20-30 ppl. SO GET THERE EARLY! Ha!

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