Oh my gosh- just hiked this today with my two sons 8 & 11. It was incredible. Checked every box - beautiful trail - beautiful views - just don’t forget bug spray . 2 miles in is swarming with mosquitoes- I couldn’t even count how many I killed and they still ate us alive- worth it , I say but my sons may not agree lol

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fee
snow
washed out
13 hours ago

I went in early July of 2020 and this trail is completely blown out. As soon as you get to the trail head behind the inn there is about 2 ft of snow covering the trail. About a quarter MI in the whole trail is blown out and it is unsafe to cross unless you have spikes and poles. I only had poles and the trip down was very steep if I had fallen. Also the Ranger warned me before I went in that there had been "many search and rescues on this trail recently". I wouldn't attempt until August. Also for those who don't know you will pay $30 to get into the park if you don't have a pass.

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icy
muddy
off trail
snow
14 hours ago

hiking
snow
1 day ago

would definitely recommend doing this hike later in the year when it’s warmer BUT a fun hike nevertheless. if you’re hiking now, bring snow/waterproof pants so you’re able to slide your way down the snow covered hills!

hiking
2 days ago

Love this hike!!!!

hiking
scramble
snow
2 days ago

Absolutely beautiful - we did the loop with the lake from the glacier and glacier basin yesterday on 7/5/2020 - was able to do the whole trail without micro spikes or poles (although I’m not sure I would recommend doing that) - some sketchy spots with snow and a little scramble to find the trail around the backside of the mountain which seemed to be less traversed than the tourist-y easy hike side, but overall nothing too crazy! 10/10 would hike again! Saw a marmot and a family of mountain goats!

hiking
snow
2 days ago

100% snow free. Nps website was outdated. Poles and crampons not needed at all. Few good views along with the way and some waterfalls. Went up to Burrough for 1.1 miles but turned back. Views were better there imo.

7/6/20. Great day hike. Well maintained trail for the first 4 miles or so through the old growth forest then some sections get a little rockier up higher. The Summerland meadow is beautiful and wildflowers are just starting to bloom. Completely snow free until you get just past the camp. I would recommend poles and micros for the section from Summerland to Panhandle Gap. Not too treacherous but for good measure. Although I saw a couple dudes doing it with just poles and boots. The views from Summerland to the Gap are world class! For me, I found the views to be better on the way down since you’re facing the mountain. Overall more of a moderate difficulty Id say. A must do off your hiking list. I will definitely be back.

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muddy
off trail
snow
2 days ago

hiking
blowdown
bugs
icy
snow
3 days ago

Great hike. Lots of snow on half the trail. Spikes help. Need gps to follow trail. Amazing views at the pct junction.

hiking
snow
3 days ago

It was a beautiful view but trail totally covered in snow. Went clockwise around and used the map downloaded to find our way down. There hadn’t been many recent hikers on the second half of the trail so we pretty much made our own trail. We didn’t have footprints to follow. We had micro spikes which were a necessity.

We arrived at the Trailhead @ 9am on Sunday 7/5, there were only a few cars there. The first half of the hike was easy/moderate with a mild incline and pristine trail. You pick up steam (AKA elevation) after passing over frying pan creek, but again I would call the climb moderate. Virtually no snow until you get past Camp Summerland. Summerland was beautiful, but still thawing out (no flowers yet). We did see ~5 Marmots up there and also noted some goat tracks, but no sightings. The snow increases just beyond Summerland, but is manageable/passable with or without poles (we used poles for safety). Be careful when crossing over streams as the snow is thin in spots and gave way in a few areas for us. The lakes are still frozen over, but the rugged landscape before panhandle gap is breathtaking. Climbing up to the gap was slightly more treacherous as the snow is fairly slushy and the incline is substantial in places. The traverse across to panhandle gap was a butt-puckering experience for us. As a disclaimer, we are not alpinists and haven't had any formal snow safety training, so different skill levels may see the traverse through different eyes. There is a solid boot-pack, but the trail is quite exposed and steep, I would not try this without poles minimum. Ascending was fairly straightforward, but descending we were navigating through slushy snow (it was noon by this point) and staring down a 400 ft slide/tumble if we lost our footing. We made it both there and back and were treated to epic views of Mt Adams to the south, so all in all it was worth it I guess? Descending from panhandle gap we passed ~5 groups coming up and those were the only people we saw all day. You miss the flowers this early in the season, but you sure get some solitude away from the masses. Overall, I'd highly recommend this trail, it's astoundingly beautiful on a clear day and not too difficult, just be wary of the traverse to panhandle for the next few weeks until the snow melts.

hiking
bugs
muddy
snow
3 days ago

hiking
rocky
snow
3 days ago

This trail was fantastic, and tons of fun! Great scenery and abundant wildlife, a little difficult toward the end but not to bad if you’re careful with your footing. A little bit of snow in the middle parts and then a good amount at the destination but gorgeous the whole way. Recommend 100%

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