hiking

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.

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Easy-to-intermediate but not very crowded hike. Nice views, but summit itself totally underwhelming.

rock climbing
2 months ago

Beautiful.

Started at 8am, finished at 3:30pm. There were about 10 cars parked at 8am. Trail is very steep and straight. Uphill is hard on the legs and lungs. Downhill is hard on the feet. The loose gravel can make you slip as you go downhill. The entry to the trail from the wide dirt road is easy to miss. There's a cairn but it was already knocked over by the afternoon. The spot near the summit has the best view but only a few places to sit. The summit has a big rock, a view of the freeway and a big hole, and like a weather station antenna.