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Very beautiful hike!

Set out early to beat today’s heat: 80-83 degrees and had the whole forest to myself! What a beautiful PNW spring day!! Perfect for a wooded hike - much of it is through beautiful shaded forest! Creek, waterfalls, beautiful greenery, and oh, the views of Rainier and the valley below!! I set out with a mindset of seeing how I would do, and ended up pushing myself for the full 12 miles (6 miles in to Little Ranger peak lookout and 6 out). Tighter switchbacks in the beginning lead to the waterfall...then meander through the forest for awhile...pretty soon opens to great look outs off and on (you THINK are great until they just get better and better the higher up you get!). Toward the end, there were a couple small snow patches on the trail, but super easy to go around. I would call this trail easy to follow, even though the rangers warned there might be debris to clear since they hadn’t been through there yet this year and because of the wild fires. I really saw no trace of fires hitting this area though, until the very end, you could look way across and see a peak in the distance with some burned trees. At the very end, the trail doesn’t QUITE get you up to the peak (thanks to Per, who stated this below so I had the heads up), so I had to off-road a bit, but it was a quick 5 minute jont up. I picniced up there, basking in the sun amidst breathtaking views of our mountain and surroundings. On the way back down, finally passed about 5 other hikers/groups of people but the first few hours was solitude! Took about 5 1/2 hours which included stopping for pictures along the way and lunch. What a great spring hike!!

on Skookum Flats Trail

hiking
11 days ago

Loved it. Worth the effort to climb the rock scramble to see the waterfall.

Love this trail!

hiking
1 month ago

parked at the Buck Creek trail head. NW Forest Pass required. Trailhead clearly marked however it leads to you Ranger Creek Airstrip and then there's no direction. Turn right and walk down the road until you see a sign that says trail for hiking and biking. Snow and ice still on trail. we used microspikes no problem. Trail has recently been cleared of downed trees. if you don't want to climb (where the sign says falls) just go over the bridge and you can get a great view. next time I would take two cars and leave one at each end. beautiful trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Very icy. Very very icy. We ran into hikers on there way down and they informed us it was icy all the way up. We kept moving forward but we came to a point where it was just constant ice, we weren’t getting much traction and we weren’t getting very far... so we sadly turned back. We’ll try again in a couple of weeks. It has great potential but the ice was out of control.

This was an amazing hike ! Had a little bit of everything you would want to see ... views of the river were so peaceful and the true reward was the falls

hiking
3 months ago

This is a perfect trail to get out on with family as it is an easier hike if you don't do the rock scramble! We went in January and there was a light dusting of snow and the falls were still flowing and looked quite magical. Lots of downed trees but trail is well maintained and most have been cleared from the trail. There are several small bridges to cross as well, the view of falls is through the low brush but you can rock scramble closer for better views. Trail head parking was clear but in the past few weeks it had been icy so be prepared with your vehicles in Winter.

this hike was kind of flat in some area. The falls were gorgeous to clim to.

hiking
4 months ago

The trail is in great shape, and it's not that steep. It is also accessible during the winter. The doggie and I thoroughly enjoyed the hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful today on the trail. Only saw a few others. Great parking with bathroom. Trail in great shape and only a couple muddy places.

hiking
6 months ago

Great day for the trail. there ares a couple missing signs but just stay right when the trail split at about the 3 mile mark. The falls where going strong. Only a couple of other people out on the trail.

This is a great hike. We extended it beyond the trail to get to the top of the ridge for a better view. It was not as straightforward as we thought but it was worth the effort in the end! A little bit strange that no trail exists all the way to the top (at least to our knowledge). I mean that's where you want to go right.

We didn't make it to the Falls. The trails were poorly marked. A few spray painted arrows on the ground. We stayed to the left with the many trails along the way, crossed a small bridge, which then brought us to the river. It was a spectacular view with a small beach.

Beautiful hike. Pass is required. Pretty easy hike. Except the last bit of it is 300 ft straight up. Pretty difficult actually. Nice view. The falls on were really tall and a bit more than a trickle. It's been so dry out. The hike was along a river with lots of trees. Watch out for mountain bikers.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike! Although there isn't a a lot of elevation gain until the falls, there is still beautiful scenery all around to enjoy. The scramble to the falls at the end was a challenge, but exciting for us and our 11 and 13-year old sons. Trailhead is across the street.

hiking
10 months ago

loved it!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike with great views. Just be aware that it's about 3.5 miles to the trail head because of the road closure. If you have a mountain bike you can easily ride to the trail head.

hiking
10 months ago

Zero negative remarks. This is an all around perfect day hike.

Beautiful hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked trail to Dalles Falls. Went in off of 410 just past viewpoint. Mostly uphill does not flatten out much, but a pretty trail. the first creek you cross over you have to walk across rocks or walk through the water. If you have hiking boots you will be fine. Went on the 4th and only one other group on trail. Took our dogs, which is a bonus. Would love to go back and hike to the viewpoints. Could not do it this time because we went later in the day when it was cooler.

Beautiful hike! Accidentally drove past the entrance for first time around so just keep an eye out for the sign once you come close on your gps. The weather was sunny and about 65 degrees. The trail was nicely kept and a good workout for the calves. Definitely recommend it!!

hiking
11 months ago

6/22/2017 (Thursday) - Sunny, clear, cool, 50-70F. Up to the 2nd viewpoint, 6 miles out and back, very light traffic, very good condition. Falls are getting dry. Numerous switchbacks on the first mile up along the creek, being graded for an easier climb up the steep cliff. Flowers appear on the viewpoints. A biker dashes down, so must beware of bikes. Only a small part of Mt Rainier's top is in sight at 2nd viewpoint.

I did this hike on June 4, 2017. The original plan was to take the Lake George Trail and continue up to Gobbler's Knob from Mt Rainier national park. As of 6-4-2017, there is still heavy snowpack on this trail and the lake is frozen over.

The road walk to round pass isn't overly scenic but along the river and the ridge is a nice area. Round pass is where the snow cover begins, and the trail to lake George has some bare areas in the beginning but then is still pretty heavy with snowpack as soon as a little elevation is gained.

There are some scenic views of mt rainier on the trail. Lake George has a nice covered area to camp, a vault toilet and a patrol house. At this time of year it's empty but I imagine later in summer it's a well camped area.

We lost the trail at the lake George area and did not continue up to gobblers Knob fire lookout but all in all this is a good hike!

fun hike and great for kids! the last part up to the falls is very steep and may be difficult for kids under 7 yrs old. very well worth it though.

this was an amazing hike! I having been camping in this area for the last 4yrs. and have never been on this trail! The waterfall is worth it. the hike is east in and out, but when you get to the sign that says falls➡️ it is a very steep and slippery hike up to the falls! I did it just fine and will be bringing my girls 9 and 5! i think it will be a bit difficult for them but they can make it! Just be careful when climbing this last part! Have fun!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Great with my 8 year old son. We enjoyed this trail quite a bit

backpacking
Monday, May 08, 2017

Lots of off leash dogs on the trail. Pretty popular hike, met lots of people. Very little trash on it around the trail.

on Skookum Flats Trail

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

Arrived today about 11ish. Need NW Forest Pass or America the Beautiful. Two trailheads for this hike. Shorter hike off FS 73, longer hike off FS 7160. Hiked the longer trail, about 7.5mi. No snow, no bugs. Hiking with a group of 10 that included 3 children under 11. Trail sign at one end of the parking lot, but trail went to the camp site. Walked back to the parking lot and entered the trail at the trail sign across the street from the parking lot. Limited signage and we did not bring a map. Came to a fork in the trail, followed the sign to Buck Creek. Another fork in the trail, stayed to the right that went down hill. Crossed several foot bridges. Small waterfalls and a couple areas with water going over the trail. Trail was wet but no standing water. Almost turned around but another pair of hikers said the hike to the falls was 5 minutes up the trail. Arrived at the falls sign, stopped for lunch, then hiked up about 50 yds to the bottom of the falls. Absolutely worth it. Trail shared with mountain bikes, saw a couple.

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

The trail was great until the lower crossing. I had to do some fording across the river cause the crossing washed out. There was still some snow on the trail past the river crossing but I didn't have to post hole. Once I got to the view point it was a beautiful day with exceptional views of the Glacier. On the way back I didn't know the trail was out on the opposite side of the suspension bridge but it was don't go that way. Complete landslide has taken about a half mile of the trail out. But over all great hike!

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