Beckler Peak

MODERATE 75 reviews

Beckler Peak is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Skykomish, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2253 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

rocky

scramble

snow

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this weekend - snowshoes are a MUST! Road is currently impassable at +/- 1.8mi to TH due to an large downed tree. Parked at about 2.0mi out. Went with spikes/no showshoes - mistake. At approx. 1.3mi up the trail, drifts of 36"+ make breaking new trail without snowshoes a task of the absurd. We broke trail from the TH up (first ones on the mountain) in 18-24" of new snow and it took a bit. Just got to the point where another 2 miles and 1500' vertical - it was only going to get worse. Plan on taking twice as long to get up as you normally would on this one. The views were great if you're into fog/mist/snow - but we were pretty socked in. If you've got showshoes, it's doable and probably worth it if you can make the top.

hiking
2 months ago

I did this hike on December 10 and the weather conditions have to do with my five star rating. There was snow at the top and the parking area was becoming almost unreachable due to snow. The summit was snow covered as were area peaks making the views incredible. Maybe this would be a three to four star peak on the average summer day. Pretty short easy hike in my opinion but great for someone with time constraints or something that overs good views with less effort.

hiking
6 months ago

First time hiking this trail and was not disappointed! Long, gradual inclines at the beginning followed by numerous switchbacks towards the peak. LOTS of snow up at the top. Up to 2 ft of powder in some places. Trail got pretty slick on the way down as the temperature got warmer and the snow melted. Not a lot of people earlier in the morning but passed a good amount on the way down. Views were beautiful at the top and the trail itself was a stunning winter wonderland in the evergreens.

hiking
6 months ago

Currently closed

hiking
6 months ago

This is a great hike. The trail is beautiful, with a large section of old-growth forest to walk through. The trail is a steady easy-moderate grade with no steeps! The view is beautiful, and it was dog-friendly for my Golden Retriever. IHowever, I went to see fall color and was disappointed there was very little on the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a great hike! Got to see some gorgeous fall color.

hiking
8 months ago

beyond beautiful views

hiking
8 months ago

Favorite hike! Incredible views and well worth the long drive up the mountain.

hiking
8 months ago

a great trail with amazing views. a truly rewarding experience.

9 months ago

great climb

hiking
9 months ago

My wife and I hiked to Beckler Peak. The weather was sunny and the temperature was between 63 F and 80 F. It was a beautiful day to hike to the summit with great 360 degree view. There were still some snow patches on the trail, which made route finding skill necessary. The road to the trailhead is 7 miles long from the highway 2. It is a single lane dirt road and has potholes but you can drive around most of them. When we arrived at the trailhead at 11 am there were three cars. There is a vault toilet at the trailhead.

hiking
10 months ago

As stated in other reviews, the snow makes it difficult to find the switchbacks so the best choice is to shoot straight to the top. You may second guess yourself on the way up but go for it, the views are breathtaking!

hiking
10 months ago

Snow pack made it the best hike so far this year.

hiking
10 months ago

As Emily mentions in her report from a week ago, the trail is difficult to find in the snow, and we also scrambled straight up (and down) where the switchbacks would have been. Breathtaking views await up top though!

hiking
11 months ago

This trail was absolutely amazing. We got to the trail head around 08:00 and there were five cars in the parking lot. Upon hiking about two miles the trail becomes hard to find. Don't be confused and wonder around trying to find a definite trail because there isn't one this time of year. We basically went straight up where there should have been switchbacks. Eventually everyone miraculously finds the trail that leads to the summit. Despite the snow being super skill it was amazing. The views were magnificent! On the way down there is a trail for a while, but then people split off going wherever they think is the best. In some spots it was great for sliding down on your rear as if you are sledding! The views were great and the times were fun. I recommend this hike. Get stoked for the 360 views.

hiking
Sunday, December 04, 2016

The snow amplified the beauty for this hike. It was serene and incredible. Could not see much while at the peak due to heavy cloud coverage but there is rewarding scenery buried in the trees. Great hike.

hiking
Monday, November 21, 2016

Awesome hike. There was about a foot of snow on the ground and it started snowing while we were on the top, but we had just the right visibility before the clouds started to settle around the peak.

I definitely recommend shoes geared more towards snow and better traction. The shoes I had were not even slightly water proof- but the hike was definitely worth it.

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

Well kept trail and just a little snow near the top that was completely passable. I hiked in trail runners and was totally fine. Mostly uphill with gentle rolling switchbacks. The view at the top was spectacular and still not too crowded.

I got there about 9:20, was up the 3.8 miles to the top about 10:40. Then ran the whole way down in about 40 min (it was all downhill!). Very pleasant hike!

By the time I got down (about noon), parking lot was full and only about 12-18 cars were parked on the road leading up to the trailhead. Perhaps it's the crazy 6.6 miles from the main road to the trailhead that deter people! It's pretty good considering, but lots of potholes and there were times I wondered if I was going in the right direction!

hiking
Sunday, May 08, 2016

Great training hike to break in a new pack. Pure uphill for a little over three miles but completely worth it at the top. There's currently snow starting about 2/3 of the way up but it's largely hard packed and relatively easy to cross. Spikes would help but I managed without.

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Took a chance on this hike knowing that there was snow at the top and we didn't have appropriate snow gear. It was SO worth it.

The first 2-2.5 miles are on a well marked, well kept trail with a gradual incline. After about the 2.5 mile point (according to my GPS, which may have been slightly off), the trail completely disappears due to snow cover. We had no clue if we were going in the right direction, so with the help of a map, a compass, and following previous hikers' footprints, we took a path essentially straight up the mountainside (very steep!) for the last mile or so. We had regular hiking boots which made it difficult with the 6"-1' of snow still on the ground. We passed some snowshoers and some people with spikes who had no trouble at all.

But when we made it out on top, the views were absolutely incredible. So stunning. Made the entire trip worthwhile. We may have to return again later in the season when the snow has melted.

Overall, I'd completely recommend it, just be prepared for lots of snow, and take a map with you as well so you don't get lost.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Unbeatable views, gorgeous, well maintained trail. Not crowded (mid-week, mid-day, one of six other hikers).

hiking
Friday, July 03, 2015

Beautiful views up top. :)

hiking
Monday, March 09, 2015

I hiked this on one of the clear and sunny Saturdays we've been having. I started early from Olympia and hit the trail by 9:00 in the morning. There were maybe 6 other cars at that time. When I finished, there were over 20 cars in the parking lot. Waaaay too many! The trail was really nice. I used yaktrax on the snow/ice section of the trail. I am glad that I had them because the snow was starting to melt from the sun and was rather slippery. The summit was a little crowded for my liking but definitely not as bad as it would have been for those starting later in the day.

hiking
Monday, February 23, 2015

A fun hike in February with great views at the top. Enough snow the last 1/2 mile to remind you it's winter but easy enough to walk on that I only used hiking poles. A gradual climb that never felt steep, I'd rate it as moderate. I hit the trail by 8am and missed the crowd at the top but passed all the same people on the way down that Scott D. mentioned. The parking lot is only big enough for maybe a dozen cars and the top of the peak is only so big. The road doesn't have a lot of turn outs either so it is not an ideal situation for lots of cars. I probably won't be hiking this trail on a weekend again. The trail was in great shape though.

hiking
Monday, February 23, 2015

Great trail but as another reviewer said. Be ready for a workout. The elevation gain speaks for itself. Above 4,000 feet there was a bit of snow - a foot or two. Not a real problem but do to the icy trail micro spikes would be suggested. Plenty of folks not using those though.

Lot and lots of people on the trail. And dogs. When we parked at the trailhead at 9 am there were 9 cars and the lot was full. When we returned there were a 100 cars. Likely cause the day was great. The view at the top is fantastic.

hiking
Saturday, August 23, 2014

Great trail, but be ready for a workout. All uphill!

Light trail traffic. So good for dogs.

Drive from Hwy2 to the trailhead seems to be about 6 miles. May pot holes as you get close, but seen a Prius make it.

Great lunch location at the top.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I did this hike yesterday with three friends and our dog - it was everything we wanted. Amazing trail, very well kept so our dog didn't have trouble keeping up. We got our butts kicked (it was our first longer hike in a while) but is SO worth it with the incredible woods and little waterfalls along the way, and especially the view at the summit. We started around noon and summated two-two and a half hours later, JUST in time for the clouds to burn off and reveal the amazing surrounding peaks. No real suggestions to make except be sure to bring hardy snacks and water, and be wary that Forest Road 6066 off of US 2 (which you drive along to get to Beckler) feels quite long - we were worried we had missed the trail! But it runs right into it so it's pretty impossible to miss, just keep right along the way. Do this hike!!

hiking
Monday, June 16, 2014

I came here in the middle of June and once you reach around 3,800 the snow starts and it's very easy to lose the trail. You absolutely need to bring something to mark your route. Closer to the peak there was 10 inches of snow. I actually lost my dog here yesterday. I went back today to hike up again and put up flyers. It would be best to do this trail in late summer or just be really careful and take it seriously.

hiking
Monday, September 16, 2013

Saturday 9/14/2013: Five of us, four people and a dog, got together and climbed Beckler Peak near Skykomish. We started late because of SR520 bridge closure and I-5 construction. We left Seattle 9:20 and It was cloudy. The last mile of dirt road to the trail head was rough with deep potholes. By the time we arrived at the trail head at 11:10 the sky was clear. The small parking lot was almost full. We started hiking at 11:20 am and reached the summit area by 1:06 pm. The trail was in great condition. It is mostly in the shade. There were all kinds of mushrooms by the trail. The view at the summit area was great. We enjoyed the view for a while and had lunch in the shade just below the summit. We started the descent at 1:40 pm and returned to our car by 3:09 pm. On the way down we stopped at the saddle to see the remains of a cabin.

hiking
Sunday, July 29, 2012

I would not classify this hike as difficult...the most difficult thing about trail was finding the road. GPS said it was FR 66 but sign on HWY 2 said FR 6066 and there it is - RIGHT after the sign and I had traffic behind me so passed it first time and had to turn around to get on road and then I still felt unsure as ther is no sign stating trail name. Got to Jennifer Dunn trailhead and was on trail but about 8:15 and we were 2nd car in the lot. Beckler Peak starts off with a gentle but incessant incline that never gives up. Trail is relatively free of rocks and roots. At the 1.5 mark there is a blowdown/cut down area that opens over the valley with spectacular views. There still was some snow on the trail but very easily navigated. The inline continues with switchbacks until you reach the stone stairs, which is the sign that you are almost there! At the top of the stairs is another breath stopping view over valley at neighboring mountains. Proceeding about .2 miles further you are at the summit and the 360 degree view is the best I have seen on the hikes I have dont so far. I highly recommend this and anyone can do this one one step at a time as there are plenty of resting places along trail on fallen logs and coming down was easy.

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