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Nice hike beautiful view. Pretty crowded around noon on a Sept Sunday.

We intended on doing the mullet loop trail but ended up on this trail due to poor markings. The hike was beautiful but loses a star because we thought we were lost for a good part of our hike. We were the only hikers here very early one Saturday morning, which was preferred but slightly eery once we felt lost. Particularly since there was no cell service and as novice hikers, we weren’t as prepared as we should have been. Lesson learned for future hikes. We also came across a manicured walking stick with a pair of coach sunglasses sitting in the middle of nowhere. Creepy. When in doubt, turn around and retrace your path. We returned unscathed, but it sure was an adventure.

No dogs- this is a wildlife conservation preserve. That also works for hikers as parts of the trail are narrow and rocky and there aren’t many spots to step aside. Having been to many trails with our dog and seeing abandoned poop bags or passing aggressive dogs, I can see why some conservation areas need to forbid dog hikers. This is a shady, beautiful trail. It is now one of our favorites and we’ll go again. We went in September, after a dry period. I wouldn’t recommend this trail right after a rain unless you’re experienced or careful. The trail is well marked and one of the few in the area that is mostly buffered from traffic and airplane noise. I only noticed traffic noises when we paralleled 66, towards the end of the hike. The terrain is variable and there’s lots of great plant and rock spotting along the way. If you go in the late afternoon, the sunlight through the trees is stunning. You have to cross a railroad track to access the trailhead.

Simply amazing. We hiked the whole 8.8 mile loop with my 2 boys. 9 and 5. We were stopped so many times regarding my little guys abilities to hike this incredible trail. What a rush!! Views 2nd to none. Yes it was grueling but highly recommended

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rocky
17 hours ago

backpacking
17 hours ago

Really great hike! Totally dog friendly and overall easy terrain. Mild uphill trend, even getting up to the pass is a fairly simple switch back section. A bit of loose rock is most of the challenge but watching your step it’s very doable. Once over the pass the lakes are not far! Though they are very cold for swimming! Though refreshing!! Where AllTrails says to camp is an open rock and silt garden. It is flat but it’s also open to the elements. We backtracked and found a hidden spot just before lower Morgan lake. I’m sure you can find a good spot too! Windy and cold at night but not bugs to complain about!!

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over grown
17 hours ago

Was a bit over grown but definitely worth the effort. It gets somewhat steep, but I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.

Great spot! If you can make it during a weekday you’ll avoid a lot of foot traffic. Seen a couple of snakes as well, so keep your eyes open. Also, theres a 2.7 mile extension, if you’re up for the challenge.

Challenging hike with some climbing required towards the end - would not recommend doing it in the middle of the day in the summer unless you bring tons of water. The way back down via Echo is steeper but quicker

hiking
18 hours ago

Short loop but three different falls with many pools for swimming/wadding and tons of rocks to climb on! Would definitely do it again!

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bridge out
rocky
washed out
18 hours ago

Overall great trail to hike but weather conditions permit some challenges. Still worth the hike though!

My friend and I did all Ohlone Wildness Trail ( all 30 miles) in 10 hrs & 30 mins in 100 degree weather. stupid, I know. Bring EXTRA water! We ran out. It was pretty difficult especially around mile 21. There is no shade you are very exposed. But we did it!

Did this today 9/16/19. Started at 0600 and only saw a few people on the trail all day. This hike was definitely one of my favorites, as it has amazing views.

Defintely more of a hike and steady climb than a running course but good shade early on in the canyon and connects to the short loop if you want a long run 5+ miles. People are steadily on the path but not bad. Near the top has excellent views.

hiking
19 hours ago

Easy parking and good overall loop especially if you go to the top with the water tower for some decent views. Can be a challenging running course.

hiking
19 hours ago

Great short trail without a lot of climbing. Good for a quick once around or a cool down from one of the loops if not too late in the day.

Absolutely beautiful views. It can be a long haul depending which path you take but I would suggest going left first for a more gradual climb. The path to the right starts off much steeper. Great jogging and hiking path. Didn’t see any snakes.

Hard to navigate without GPS, there are a lot of different loops! As another reviewer pointed out, there was tons of dog poop on the trails, which is a total bummer. However, the old growth forest is breathtaking, the many different ferns & plant species therein worth going out of your way.

Great down and back trail with some shade and a couple small waterfalls at the end! Very good beginner course. Also able to jog this course!

hiking
19 hours ago

easy walk up the hill and great trail to lake at the end that you can go all the way around. worth the stop.

hiking
19 hours ago

Lovely all year round, parts of the trail are incredibly secluded & quiet, while some are closer to the road & concomitant noise. Lots of dogs off leash, so unfortunately there is a fair amount of animal waste, watch your step! Otherwise, this is one of the best parks in Olympia proper.

A beautiful trail with rough terrain in a few spots. Making for a pretty good and challenging hike at points.

High value for views on a hike that is not that difficult. I would rate higher but the crowds are constant, especially to and from the falls. Did this on Sunday 9/15 and the road was already closed at 915am so needed to take the shuttle from Moraine Park. I can't imagine this trail in the summer, it must be awful then.

Unreal views, especially from the top. As other reviews mention, I would recommend taking the trail that passes through Winnemucca both directions as opposed to doing a loop. Round Top lake was the more scenic one in my opinion, albeit much windier.

hiking
20 hours ago

Heavily packed trail with beautiful views and many steps going up to Vernal Falls. Started the hike around 9am and was never without a group of people in front or behind me. As I was descending I noticed much more people ascending later in the afternoon so be sure to arrive early! Vernal Falls was absolutely gorgeous and we came at a good time to see the rainbow too! Make sure to wear shoes with good traction if you plan to continue up to Nevada Falls, as the stone steps can become quite slippery.

hiking
20 hours ago

Easy and fun! We brought our jogging stroller... Not stroller friendly lol we made it though! It took 2 of us to make sure we got over all the mud and extra puddles from the rain. It’s a gorgeous hike. Lots of bear and moose poop! Bring your bear spray! We also found some dead fish on the edge of the river. Be alert for wild life!

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