How bad could that be? Not bad...absolutely FABULOUS! A bit of an up hill battle for this old lady, my chambray was a little sweat soaked after the initial incline ... to clarify - this incline is between mile posts 1 and 2, if you’re going counter clockwise. Jeffrey had read about this prior to our departure. Save the pristine rolling hills for the trek down. There are several bridges for gorgeous photo opts. I definitely recommend either the two person wide bridge or the bridge with only one rail. You’ll definitely know which one I’m describing when you see. But wow, so beautiful! Oh and don’t forget your mask ... if you don’t have time to make your own then store bought is fine.

We’ve done this hike in the past and it was amazing. We decided to go again this year and wanted to warn others that there are a lot of blowdowns starting around mile 4 and up to Pyrites. Approximately 15, maybe more. Some are easy go-arounds, while others were more challenging. Needless to say, they slowed us down quite a bit. So just be aware and plan accordingly. It’s beautiful and wild. Have fun!

Perfect trail for pregnant moms

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over grown
16 hours ago

Great trail, just a lot of bugs!

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bugs
over grown
16 hours ago

We camped at big log camp and hiked this trail over three days and it was fun. Lot of bugs, carry bug spray

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bridge out
over grown
20 hours ago

I honestly think this is one of my favorite hikes! Beautiful old growth surrounds the trail. Yes, the bridge is out, but with some scrambling it’s doable (I will post a picture). Some parts were overgrown, but not so much that you couldn’t see the path, just enough I was glad I was wearing long pants. It ends at Sol Duc Falls, but there’s also beautiful water falls and a rushing river to keep you company. The trail is uneven, rocky, dirt, roots, etc. but that just made it more interesting and fun. I am in my late 40s and in decent shape.

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21 hours ago

Beautiful & easy!

7/6- great hike w nice view of lake crescent. cloudy day so didnt go past the sign with end of maintained trail

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bridge out
1 day ago

Great trail! Short bypass at the start where the road has washed out and then on the road for most of the hike to the original trailhead. Then about 2.4 miles to the Olympic hot springs and/or Boulder creek campground. Stayed 2 nights at the campground and loved the hot springs. Our favorite spring was off to the left (downhill) when on the hot spring path after the log bridge. Ranger station is closed at this time, not sure if due to COVID or the bridge issue. Would have been nice to ride a bike in/out but certainly doable on foot!

Beautiful trail! Very easy, but very scenic. Did this one after a couple days of tough hiking. Would repeat!

[June 26, 2020] Epic trail!! Best views for the effort in the PNW, and West Coast in general! An absolute treat with great views all around.

This is a beautiful trail! If you are going to Olympic, and only have time for one hike-this is it! Epic views 360 degrees from start to finish. Enjoy!

I loved this trail. It is challenging especially coming down. It gets a little tricky when meeting other hikers especially with dogs. The trail is narrow and it can be a tight squeeze in some areas to get by but there are several areas to get off the trail and take in the beauty. Be prepared to layer your clothes as it definitely gets cooler as you go up.

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rocky
1 day ago

Camped at one of the fairly primitive sites among one of the arguably most beautiful lakes I’ve had the pleasure of hiking to. Previous reviews are spot on. Difficult. Bring extra water or a filter for the way up. Watch out for human excrement. Who literally poops on the trail and leaves toilet paper scattered about? I hope you read this review—your $hit gets 0 stars. Would not recommend. The trip to Constance however, is highly recommend assuming proper fitness, water, attire, weather, and $hit dodging skills. (On the trail...really? Who does that? We lacked the $hit dodging skills, so deep cleaning the pack, boots, etc. Shame on us for our ability to unwittingly spread from boot to gear though. Something we will work on for future endeavors)

Perfect day in the Pnw for a beach walk. We were the only people most of the way. Stopped on the side of the road at Beach 2--limited parking compared to the other 3 beaches--and hiked south, then back north.

Trails are open, mix of forest, marshland, and beach, with most of the forest hiking on a boardwalk. The beach walk is the real workout.

Avoid the tourists at Hurricane Ridge and hike this quick trail, more of a gravel road. The views are spectacular 360 degrees.

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1 day ago

So beautiful!

Perfect trail condition to Lake Angeles. Mild amount of mosquitos. Unfortunately, there was only intermittent breaks in the clouds. Camp site well maintained. Otherwise, well worth the trek up there. Took us about two hours up with packs and hour and twenty five minutes down.

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snow
1 day ago

My new favorite hike! (Hiked June 29th) Note first: the recording of the trail only goes to the “Fake Lake”. And took us (fairly decent hikers but not pros by any means) 8 hours with lunch to complete. The trail is actually more like 10mi all the way to the lake. And was it ever worth it! But we would have got turned around had it not been people are the trail telling us to keep going even if we thought that was it. It was about 3 miles to the “Fake Lake” (a pond) but if you continue to the right and then when it looks like the path splits go left over a bridge made of some logs you are going the right way. Continue that way through A LOT of mud. Just keep going straight. The path will show back up. And then continue down the path. The trail looks like it ends again at some snow but continue on the right of the snow (we hiked up the side on the rocks) and then you will find STEEP switchbacks. Take a breather and then push yourself for once you ascend the switchbacks you just have to cross some snow and you will see the lake coming into view. It will be SO worth it. There are 2 scrambles that have a rope to assist with the climb that were no problem. We all had camelbacks with 2.5L water bladders and ran out of water coming back down. Be sure to bring a lot! Overall though, it was a long tiring day but it is now one of my favorite trails. There was almost no one of the trails, the trail was always interesting with waterfalls, forests, views of the mountains and surrounding areas, the scrambles, and so many wildflowers! And then the end lake and snow... it was breathtaking. If you have the time and the gumption.. do this hike! And be sure to bring a camera!!

Trail is steep but the view is 100% worth it. Got to see a ton of wildlife and unfortunately the deer have been fed so much they walk right up to you but they are beautiful creatures. There was a little bit of snow along the way in July this Arizona girl loved seeing that! My parents who do not have any experience hiking were able to make it all the way up and they are glad they did. Trail is gravel and well kept and wide the whole way

It was nice and sunny in Port Angeles but zero visibility on the Cirque Rim. It was still a pretty hike full of wild life. We saw deer at every corner, an elk, and two marmots. Some snow on the trail too! Probably an easy 5 stars if we could see anything other than hurricane ridge. Lots of people visiting on Sunday 7/5 but we drove right into the park with plenty of parking. We left the park at 1pm and the line to get into the park was insanely long.

Great hiking loop for the kids. (Not as steep if you hike counter clockwise, Cool creek crossings and bridges.

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