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Olallie State Park is a day-use park in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. It features dramatic Twin Falls, cliff formations, riverbanks and living old-growth trees up to 14 feet in diameter.

Decent but not great. Too much overgrowth in some areas but the views are ok.

This trail has two tiny parking lots. The first one is just off the freeway next to a creek. The second one is another 1/4 mike up the forest service road at the concrete barriers that block vehicles from traveling up the rest of the trail—it is even smaller than the first lot, but probably a better parking space. However, don’t leave any valuables in your car in either place.

We hiked up to the second lake but not the third. There is good cell phone and data reception throughout the entire route, but also you will hear I-90 traffic until you nearly reach the first lake. At least 80% of the trail is on an old, disused logging road, so it is an easy walk and perfect for dogs.

On a beautiful late September Sunday we saw only four people and four dogs in our five hours on this trail. The first two lakes are incredibly quiet and beautiful, but we didn’t reach the third one as it was late in the day and the third lake appears to require a significantly steep climb. If you go, the first 10% of the trail has some trash, so try to be a good neighbor and take some out with you (we did). There are a couple good overnight camping spots with at least one fire pit between the first and second lakes (check for a burn ban and firewood gathering rules before using). All in all, the payoff of this hike is excellent although the way up isn’t as spectacular as others (like Snow Lake).

There are a couple forks higher up in the road-trail that could be confusing, so I recommend using the AllTrails app to overlay your GPS location on the map to make sure you don’t go the wrong way.

The parking area is very small; trail is an old forestry road with different stages of regrowth for 80% of the way. Nice trail, easy to manage, but no markings or signs. The first lake is more of a pond, a bit muddy walking around. Lovely wildflower meadow between the first and second lake; second lake was really nice with some camping spots around. I couldn't find the trail to the third lake, didn't have the energy to scramble. Cell service the whole way which was nice to follow the previous maps. My tracker had me at 9 miles out and back. Very few people would definitely do again to reach the third lake.

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2 months ago

This hike has a great view at the top. One of the best for me to date. Definitely worth the climb. We went at the end of May and there was still snow pretty much all the way for the last mile+, which was fine (we had just regular (tennis, etc) shoes).
Bring a lunch to the top and enjoy (the view and the food).

I was pretty sure that my view was going to be obstructed from the haze that's been all over Seattle due to the BC wildfires and I was unfortunately right so I cannot comment on that.

The trail, however, I can. It jumps back and forth between small rocks, dirt, and larger rocks for the whole hike and I can't say I enjoyed it. Trail was also very overgrown in some areas. It did have several breaks in the trees that were populated with wild flowers which was nice. The grade is pretty moderate (hence the rating given to it) so it's more accessible than others in the area.

Compared to Mt. Teneriffe and Granite Mtn, this trail wasn't all that great to look at or be on. Lots of bugs early in the morning on my ascent and they seemed to disappear on the descent. Not very much hiking traffic either. You can use google maps to get you to the trail head (one bathroom, no signage for the trail) and then use the Twin Falls/John Wayne Pioneer Trail to get you to the actual trailhead. This small, and tucked away, trailhead is unmarked just like in the parking area and can be found on your left at about 0.4 miles from the parking lot.

Challenging with some great views. Be prepared for a lot of loose aggregate on the trail.

Great little day hike. Saw ONE PERSON all day. Couldn't have been better.

Started out great. Challenging. Will complete at a later date.

Easy little hike up to the climbing area, from there you could continue either way on road or bridge for a while. Beautiful views, and my children liked watching the climbers.

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2 months ago

Five stars for the views, three stars for the trail itself. Very rocky in a lot of parts to the point you don't risk looking up for fear of rolling an ankle. Overgrown in some spots but not unmanageable. Trailhead could use a sign, and the app helped greatly in finding the entrance. After that things are marked well. Hiking poles and bug spray strongly recommended.

Definitely worth the extra drive east, hardly any people, you get up to 3 lakes with this hike, each one better than the previous, overall hike was decent , basically following an old logging road til the top, but then the adventure starts. Would recommend if tired of all the people west of the summit.