hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
snow
18 hours ago

(Hiked 6/2/20) Absolutely gorgeous trail, even on a drizzly day! My partner and I loved the constant change in scenery and the creek and little waterfalls you follow along the way up. Still good patches of snow for the last .5 - .75 miles, but spikes would only be necessary if you wanted to hike completely around the lake. Did see bear tracks and a black bear! Dissension was tricky on the knees dude to the slippery roots and rocks and the overgrown parts. We will definitely be back this summer to camp! Should also mention that there are lots of potholes on the drive up.

hiking
snow
1 day ago

Hiked 6/2/2020 Road to the trailhead was totally clear, some pot holes to look out for but we managed just fine in a little Camry. All the way up to the first lake the trail was clear with incredible views and forest scenery. A few snow patches in the last half mile but they were easy to get through with just hiking boots. The plan was to go all the way to Royal Basin, and we had brought microspikes, but the weather took a bad turn so we decided to head back. The final push to royal basin looked very manageable with more cooperative weather, but I would recommend spikes or gaiters if that’s your plan. Even saw a black bear across the river on the hike down.

The falls are so incredibly beautiful. We went early and there was a rainbow coming up from the spray. A must see indeed! Familiy friendly trail. We added on the hike out to Deer Lake for some more elevation and miles.

This trail was amazing! Well kept and super easy! Easy enough for little ones to hike as well. Highly recommended! You do need a discovery trail pass. If you don’t have one you will be required to purchase a 7 day pass for $30 or the annual pass.

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

Turned this short out and back into a fun little overnighter. It was cold and wet but we had a good time all the same. The trail is in good condition (just a little snow) and there are some vistas if you're willing to hike a little off trail. If you live on the OP, definitely add this to your day hike repertoire.

Beautiful waterfalls. If you're in the area why wouldn't you visit?

Good trail to do if you feel like going further than Sol Duc Falls. Thursday there was still snow covering the trail and connecting trails along the southern half of the lake.

So wonderful and quiet! Beautiful! A little muddy in some spots, especially once you get to the water at the end. Such a great trail!!!

The road to visitor center is still closed but you can walk the 6 miles in and back to get to trail. The walk in and out was serene and beautiful. The trail was completely empty except for some elk and myself. Such an amazing opportunity with no cars and seeing no other hikers for the first few hours. 12 mile walk on the road in and out was long but worth it to me.

hiking
4 days ago

Steady incline all the way. Aside from a couple of small footbridges the trail is forgettable. However, the lake at the top makes this hike well worth it. Trail was clear and didn’t have any snow. Camping available up top. Hiked on 23 May 20

This one will beat ya up pretty good but once you get here it’s worth it.

Loved it! But needed some restoration at the lake! Other than that, great hike if you’re in to it!

hiking
muddy
over grown
snow
washed out
5 days ago

Hike to Lower Lena is pleasant and relatively easy, lake is beautiful right now. Heading to Upper Lena Lake is a steep increase in difficulty, with the lead-in from the National Forest to the National Park having lots of downed branches; super fun, though, and very much looks like an unfinished creation. At about 3500 ft, though, you start running into snow, which is very unstable right now. Turned back probably .5 miles before at a snow field with a little stream crossing that looked sketchy. Saw some folks who had gotten to the upper lake, and they said they had to full on ford a river (shoes off, socks off), and the lake is frozen so they only stayed 5 minutes. Still, worth it to head up to around the snow.

hiking
bugs
muddy
6 days ago

Beautiful. The falls are raging right now. It's a great, easy hike

Still closed

My kids loved it! Lots of cool sights and info along the way. Perfect little trail for young kids.

on Deer Lake Trail

hiking
7 days ago

A good, gradual climb with a lovely lake to top it off. The trail is a bit rocky, which slows you down. I'm also pretty sure it's 8 miles.

hiking
rocky
7 days ago

Added this on after Sol Duc Falls. Solid elevation gain throughout. Really rocky trail. A few side waterfalls to check out. Deer Lake was beautiful and still had some snow around it. Not a ton of spots to get down to the lake but we found a rock and had lunch on it. Only saw about 10 other people our entire time out and back. A few campsites along the way.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
7 days ago

I usually do this trail via Townsend, but did the Way Trail yesterday full pack for conditioning. My mileage was more than 6 miles. I thought this trail was on the harder side of moderate around the 1 1/2 mile mark then wasn't too bad. Trail is in good condition, turn right at the T that isn't really marked...remember it for way back. I used micro spikes for about 1/2 mi. toward the end, but they weren't a must... just helped. Pretty rocky and rooty in parts. Lake is mostly iced over still. but thin layer will thaw soon.

on Rialto Beach Trail

7 days ago

road is closed to the trail.

Beautiful scenery and a great trail for kids! The falls were gorgeous- it’s a must see!

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